Reactions to WhatsApp chats can now be used: how they work | Cuyo’s diary

WhatsApp announced almost a week ago that the reactions would come to the application. However, some have just appeared and others still do not have reactions, This is because the function is gradually enabled. Those people who already have it, have already begun to use it and figure out how to use it.

We know the reactions more than anything through the Instagram and Facebook applications. They are a way of interacting with the message that arrived or that you sent. It is a way of “answering without answering”. That is, with the reactions you can respond with an icon to the message but without having to write it. For example, put “like” to the text without the need to write “like”. In turn there are several icons to choose from.

This time WhatsApp has incorporated six reactions:

– Thumbs up

– Heart

– Face crying with laughter

– Amazement face

– Sad Charity

– Hands together as a sign of prayer or thanks


To react to a message you must do the following:

If you are from the cell phone, you have to select the message on which you want to react. Once selected, the six options will appear to choose which icon you want to reply to that message with. When you choose it, it will be added to the message below. The person to whom the reaction was sent will receive a notification and will also be able to see how you reacted to their message.

In WhatsApp Web, when you move the mouse pointer next to a message, a face will appear next to the message, you must click on it and all the available emojis will be displayed there.

The good thing about this feature is that you can always back out and change your chosen emoji. If you made a mistake or if you want to put another reaction, just repeat the same procedure and choose another icon. If, on the other hand, you want to leave the message without reaction but you have already reacted to it, what you should do is choose the icon that was already selected again. In this way the message will remain without reaction.

Another important fact is that you can also react on your own message, this can serve to further illustrate the intent of your message. For example, if you are saying something ironically or as a joke, you can add a laughing face to the message.


In the case of WhatsApp groups, all people can react to all messages. For this reason, if more than one person reacted with the same icon to a message, a counter will appear on that reaction. This can be used to confirm attendance, or as a kind of express survey.

You can also see who reacts to the same message. By clicking the reaction it is possible to see who sent each emoji.

What cannot be done in WhatsApp reactions is to put more than one reaction in the same message. You can change, but do not put two reactions simultaneously.

Reactions send notifications just like normal messages. Nevertheless, these alerts can be disabled from the WhatsApp message settings.

Source: The Andes