After launching the new “Reactions” feature on WhatsApp beta for Android, the company has now released the feature on the iOS beta app. The new feature is designed as an ability to react to messages with an emoji-like iMessage or Facebook reactions.
Recently, the company updated group chat with new emoji reactions, along with new Communities, support for up to 2GB files, and other features. However, the group chat Message Reactions only include three emojis: thanks, like, and unassumed face.
A new “Global voice message player” was also released on the platform that allows users to multitask by letting them listen to audio messages anywhere in the app, pause and resume voice recording capability, faster playback on regular and forwarded messages, and other updates.
WhatsApp on iOS adds 6 emojis to react to messages
In 2021, WABetaInfo discovered that WhatsApp is developing a new “Message Reactions” feature for iOS and Android and now it is finally available to beta testers. It was also found that the company is working on a Mac version of the feature.
The latest WhatsApp beta for iOS version 22.214.171.124 includes the new “Message Reactions” feature with six emojis to quickly express one’s reaction to a text, audio, video, or media message: thumbs up (like), heart (love), laughing face emoji, surprised face, sad face, and thanks.
As you can see in the screenshot, it is very easy to check if the ability to react to messages is enabled for your WhatsApp account: just tap and hold a chat bubble to see if the reaction tray is available.
This is the first version of message reactions that includes 6 emojis: Like, Love, Laugh, Suprised, Sad, and Thanks. Note that more reactions will be available in a future update: Will Cathcart has also announced on Twitter the feature to come at a later date.
It must be kept in mind that if the feature is not available on the latest version of the iOS beta app, there is nothing to worry about. WhatsApp is rolling it out gradually to some beta testers.