Do you fancy those adorable emojis reacting to Facebook and Instagram messages? If yes, then you’re in for a surprise! WhatsApp has recently rolled out the reactions feature, akin to Facebook and Instagram, which allows users to express their feelings towards a message in a simple and fun way. In this article, we’ll explain everything about WhatsApp message reactions to help you get started.

WhatsApp Reactions: An Overview

For those uninitiated, WhatsApp reactions are the newest feature added to the widely used messaging app. With this, you can now react to a message using a variety of emojis. Whether you’ve never used this feature or are just learning about it, this article will answer all your queries.

Who can use WhatsApp Reactions?

Most Android and iOS users will be able to utilize this new feature on their phones as of this week. But if it’s not appearing on your phone yet, no worries. Just try updating the app or patiently wait a while to receive the update.

Are WhatsApp Reactions Available on Web and Desktop Versions?

Yes, the reactions feature is available on the WhatsApp website. However, at the time of this writing, it’s not yet rolled out for the desktop app.

How to Send Reactions on WhatsApp?

To react to a message on WhatsApp, simply tap and hold the desired message. You will see six emojis pop up at the bottom or top of the message. Select your preferred emoji and voila, you’ve sent your reaction!

How to Send Reactions on WhatsApp Web?

Using reactions on WhatsApp web is also a breeze. Just hover over the message you want to react to, and a tiny emoji icon will appear. Click on this icon, and you’ll see a panel with emojis. Choose any emoji and it’ll be sent as your reaction.

What Emoji Reactions Are Available?

WhatsApp currently offers six emojis for reactions – hands crossed (thank you), thumbs up (like), heart (love), open mouth (surprise), crying face (sadness), and tears of joy (laugh). Unfortunately, as of now, you can’t use other emojis to react.

Can I Change or Edit My Reaction?

Absolutely! To edit your reaction, tap on the reaction emoji under the message, and an emoji bar will open up. Select a different emoji this time to express a different reaction. Note that every time you change a reaction, the message sender will be notified.

Notifications Related to WhatsApp Reactions

By default, the person who sent the message will be notified when someone reacts to their message. But, if you don’t like the default sound for reaction notifications or if you want to disable these notifications, you can modify these settings from WhatsApp’s ‘Settings’ menu.

Deleting Reactions and Who Gets Notified

You can remove a reaction from a message either by tapping on the reaction and selecting ‘Tap to delete’ or by long pressing on the message and choosing the same emoji you used before. Don’t worry, the sender won’t be notified when you remove your reaction.

Reactions in Group Chats and Who Sees Them

You’ll be glad to know that reactions are also available in group chats. You can react to any message, and it will be visible to all group members. But only the sender will get a notification.

How Many Reactions Can a Message Get?

A single message can receive multiple reactions, each from a different member of the group. However, an individual can only add one reaction to a message, which can be edited later.

Seeing All Reactions to a Message

If you’re in a group chat where a message has received more than one reaction, you can see all reactions by simply tapping the reaction emojis under the message.