The change follows WhatsApp’s current growth of emoji reactions

WhatsApp was late to the social gathering for exhibiting message reactions in chats — launching it solely a few months in the past — with Telegram delivering the function final December. In the meantime, Instagram has supported emoji reactions for for much longer. Regardless of being so tardy right here, WhatsApp’s current growth of emoji choices for reactions confirmed us that the builders had been beginning to take this gorgeous critically. Now the Meta-owned entity is testing some new previews for message reactions proper throughout the chat checklist.


Testers working a current WhatsApp beta (WABetaInfo suggests most are seeing it on v2.22.16.6, although it is also showing for some on v2.22.16.5) now obtain information about current reactions within the chat overview. Being on both beta model would not assure its availability because it seems to be a phased rollout. As you’ll be able to see within the screenshot beneath, particular person or group chats exhibiting a preview of the latest message response from the chat checklist.

Oddly sufficient, as WABetaInfo notes, the function can’t be disabled even if you happen to flip off response notifications from the app’s settings. Whereas message response previews are solely accessible for a handful of WhatsApp beta testers, it is possible we’ll see them unfold extra extensively over the following few weeks — although it is anyone’s guess as to how lengthy it will take to look on the steady model of WhatsApp .

For those who’re part of the WhatsApp beta through the Google Play beta program, you’ll be able to examine to see if you happen to’ve already acquired entry to this new interface. However as we have outlined above, being a beta tester would not assure entry to the function.

Not hindered by the gradual begin for message reactions on WhatsApp, Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg this week introduced the growth of emoji choices for message reactions throughout Android, iOS, and internet variations of the favored IM app.