Mark Zuckerberg , CEO of Meta, announced on Facebook that the Reactions are being released on WhatsApp, this means that soon all those who use the messaging app will be able to react to a message simply with an emoji, as already happens on other apps, such as Facebook Messenger and rival Telegram.

With a short message, Zuckerberg announces that there are only six reactions at the moment – 👍❤️😂😮😢🙏 – but that more will come in the future.

Reactions finally arrive on WhatsApp! Picture by Rachele Piras

The reactions available to date are:

  1. thumb up;
  2. the heart;
  3. the laughing face;
  4. the surprised face;
  5. the face crying;
  6. the two hands that give high five.

Reactions on WhatsApp: how they work

First the function must be available on our WhatsApp to be able to use it. If it is (or when it is), all you have to do is hold down the message bubble to react with one of the available emojis.

Reactions on WhatsApp: how to activate them

The release of the new feature is coming gradually for all users. You don’t need to do anything to activate the reactions, except wait.