WhatsApp will finally support emoji reactions to messages, according to leaked screenshot

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What you need to know

  • Emoji reactions appear to be on the way to WhatsApp.
  • Screenshots of the feature in action were recently shared online.
  • Support for emoji reactions is reportedly on the way to both iOS and Android.

WhatsApp will soon support emoji reactions, according to a recent leak from WABetaInfo. A previously leak from the same outlet showed that emoji reactions were on the way to WhatsApp, but we now have a screenshot of the feature. Emoji reactions are said to be on the way to the iOS and Android versions of WhatsApp in the future. You should be able to sync them over to your PC with WhatsApp Desktop.

The feature looks like you'd expect. With it, people can add any emoji they'd like as a reaction to a message. WABetaInfo states that WhatsApp will support an infinite amount of reactions, but if there are more than 999, people will see "999+" on the message.

WhatsApp is a bit late to the party when it comes to emoji reactions. Many popular messaging services already support the feature, including Twitter, Slack, Microsoft Teams, and Skype. Facebook already supports emoji reactions in Facebook Messenger and Instagram DMs. Soon, the feature should work within the popular WhatsApp as well.

Sean Endicott
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