In May, WhatsApp finally released the ability to react to a message with a limited range of emojis alongside increasing the limit of shared files from 100MB to 2GB and allowing users to add up to 512 people in a chat. Now, the instant messaging platform is working on the ability to react to messages by using any emoji!
WhatsApp working on expanding the range of emojis you can use to react to a message
Currently, there are six available reactions for users: Like, Love, Laugh, Surprised, Sad, and Thanks depicted by six emoji which include thumbs up, heart, face with tears of joy, face with open mouth, crying face, and folded hands. When a reaction is selected, It appears at the bottom of the message.
Meta’s other apps such as Facebook Messenger and Instagram already offer access to a full emoji picked in its reaction options so it is only natural for the functionality to be coming to WhatsApp as well.
As reported by WABetaInfo, the latest beta for the iOS app, version 126.96.36.199, adds the ability to react to messages by using any emoji. The feature has only just arrived on iOS, it was previously available on both Android and Desktop.
The app will now display a “+” button which will expand to display all available emojis users can react to a message with.
WhatsApp has developed a draggable section where you can easily select and search for any emoji you want to use for reacting to the message! In addition, we can also find a row dedicated to our recently chosen reactions in the same section.
Currently, the feature is still under development so we do not know when it will become available for public testing. But, hopefully, the company will drop it for all users in a future iOS update sooner than later.
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