A few weeks ago, Meta-owned WhatsApp announced a bunch of new feature updates for the platform. Among the few important features, the most notable and interesting feature was WhatsApp Reactions. This feature was rolled out to all users on Android, iOS, Web, and Desktop back in May.
The reaction is a quick way to respond to or acknowledge a message or media file. You can long-press on a message and use reactions. As of now, there are six emojis 一 thumbs up, heart, laughing, wow, sad, and pray to choose from and WhatsApp had promised to add the ability to add more in the coming days. Now, it looks like the company is expanding the reactions and giving the ability for users to react with any emoji.
React to a Message with Any Emoji
Folks over at WABetaInfo, have spotted this new feature, which gives users the ability to react to a message/file with any emoji of choice. From the images, we can see that a new “+” icon has been added next to the pray emoji, which will give users the access to include any emoji as a reaction. Once you long-press on a message, you will get six suggested emojis to react, if you are unhappy with that, you can tap on the “+” icon and it will open up all the emoji options including the emoji search bar. There is also a row dedicated to recent reactions, which is handy.
This feature has been spotted on the TestFlight Beta Program version 126.96.36.199 for iPhones and this is currently a work-in-progress update, which means not everyone on the beta version will get this, yet. The custom emoji reaction feature is said to roll out to beta users soon. For those who are unaware, this feature was spotted by WABetaInfo back in April for Android users. It looks like both the platforms will get this feature soon with a beta update and eventually it will roll out to all users.
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