WhatsApp to Get Instagram-Like Reactions to Status With Emojis: What This Means

A step closer to Instagram's stories!


Whatsapp is testing a new feature that allows users to react to Whatsapp Statuses using a set of pre-defined emojis, similar to Instagram’s Story reaction feature. Whatsapp has recently been focusing on delivering a slew of new features in order to make it more appealing. Rolling out for beta testers on Android, WABetaInfo reports that Whatsapp will soon allow users to reply to statuses with 8 emojis. This function, however, is currently limited to a select group of individuals and will be available to a larger number of users in the coming weeks. Let’s take a look at the new status reaction feature on Whatsapp, the available emojis and everything we know so far.

Whatsapp is Taking Inspiration from Instagram, Once Again

Whatsapp Beta for Android version apparently tests the ability to respond to its version of stories, the status, with emojis. There are now eight pre-defined emojis that you can choose from. Smiling Face with Heart-Eyes, Face with Tears of Joy, Face with Open Mouth, Crying Face, Folded Hands, Clapping Hands, Party Popper, and Hundred Points are among the available emojis.


To react to a status with an emoji rather than text, simply swipe up on the status page and you should see a list of emojis immediately above the text response option. This is pretty similar to the Instagram functionality.

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The update is currently only made accessible to a handful of Android beta testers. The upgrade may be available to iOS beta testers and the broader public in the coming months. There is no fixed timeline for when the update will be deployed. If you want to try out the feature before it’s made official, head over to the Google Play Beta Program and sign up.

In related news, the company was also spotted testing a new feature that may allow group admins to delete messages sent by anyone and mask themselves during a video call.

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