WhatsApp could be getting Facebook-like message reactions soon

By: News Desk      Published: 08:41 AM, 26 Aug, 2021
WhatsApp could be getting Facebook-like message reactions soon
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When it comes to social media platforms, we're usually there to enjoy content from other users. And while we're at it, we often express our thoughts through different mechanics, such as the reactions in Facebook. Well, what if more platforms got reactions?

According to WABetaInfo, sources have found that WhatsApp might add message reactions to the platform in the future. If you recall, Facebook now owns WhatsApp, so the messaging app could be getting Facebook's message reactions. These reactions include 'Like', 'Haha', 'Angry', and more.

As a reminder, reactions are basically emojis that you can attach to a piece of content to express your... well, reactions. We're assuming that WhatsApp plans to have reactions to work across all types of content. That includes regular messages, images, and voice messages. Currently, the feature is being tested by a small group of beta users.

This is a loveable idea. Sometimes you don't have anything to say, but want to show that you're paying attention to conversations. In such cases, message reactions would be a great substitute. 

WhatsApp might have a ton of users, but it does usually find itself lacking in features compared to a lot of its competitors, and a lot of times that's by design. Some things, however, are missed by people more than others.

One such feature that is a mainstay in other messaging apps, including Facebook's very own Messenger, is message reactions. You long press a message you've received and a row of emojis show up and you can instantly react to that message without having to bother to quote-reply and then insert an emoji, or, even worse, actually type some words.

This feature is finally on its way to WhatsApp. The company is seemingly testing it with a very small circle of users. The screenshot above originates from someone who saw that message, clearly intended as a test.

Once message reactions roll out, you'll need to be on the latest version of WhatsApp to see them, and if you're not, then you'll see this message.

Unfortunately we can't tell you exactly when to expect this feature to make it to all WhatsApp users, and the fact that it's already in testing doesn't help a lot either - WhatsApp sometimes tests new features like this for many, many months before it deems them worthy of a release. So, for now, hang tight, knowing that one of the most requested features is actually being worked on.