WhatsApp, reactions to messages arrive: here’s what they are and how they work

The very first clues date back to last August. After a long gestation, reactions to messages on WhatsApp become reality for the first time. No, we are not yet talking about the stable version of the app: but already the arrival of the function done and finished onlatest beta ( for Android it is a significant step. At the moment, as reported by WABetaInfo, the rollout affects only a limited number of beta testers, but will gradually reach everyone. And then it will be the turn of the stable channel: we do not know the exact timing but now we are, the goal is getting closer and closer.


As widely anticipated, there are six reactions available: the thumb of the link, the heart, the laughing face, that surprise, the one that sheds a single warm tear and finally the hands clasped in prayer. Affixing a reaction to a message involves a rather intuitive interaction, since just long press on the same to get – in addition to all the other options already available – also the possibility to choose the emoji, as clearly shown by the animation you find below.


Beta also contains clues to another news coming soon. In fact, in the code WABetaInfo has found the traces of anew option that allows you to change language quickly and directly within the app, therefore without having to go through the system settings of your device. This function, although it is already possible to view it, is currently only in the pipeline, and therefore is not yet available to anyone.

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