This was announced by Zuckerberg via an Instagram story, after he previewed the feature last month while discussing WhatsApp Communities, the company’s next most anticipated feature.
Users will be able to choose among six WhatsApp reactions to respond to messages at first, according to Zuckerberg. The thumbs up, heart, LOL, wow, teardrop, and high five emojis will all be included in this.
However, according to WABetaInfo, a WhatsApp feature spotter, we may soon be able to use any emoji as a reaction. Users may also be given the option of reacting with GIFs or stickers.
All users will receive the feature update gradually.
Reacting to WhatsApp messages is similar to responding to Facebook Messenger or Instagram messages.
Simply long-press on the message you want to respond to when you’re in a chat or message. It will soon show the six emoji selections that are hovering on top. That’s it. Just pick your favorite emoji.
If you’re responding to a group message, you’ll notice a reaction count next to the emojis that are most commonly used to respond.
WhatsApp is also experimenting with emoji reactions for status updates. This feature, which is currently in beta, will allow users to respond to other users’ status changes with emoji reactions, similar to how they do on Instagram.
According to a leaked source, WhatsApp for Desktop will have eight predefined reactions, although it’s unclear how many alternatives we’ll have on Android and iOS.
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