WhatsApp message reaction feature is live for everyone, here’s how to use
WhatsApp users have long wanted an Instagram-like message reaction feature on the application. Finally! The company has released the WhatsApp Message Reaction feature for all Android, iOS, Web, and Desktop users through a new update.
Message Reaction lets you express your feelings for a particular message through emojis. WhatsApp is bringing 6 emojis reactions such as Thumbs Up, Red Heart, Laugh, Surprise, Crying Face, and Folded Hands.
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You can choose one of the emojis that suits your mood or reaction to the message and can use it instead of texting. These will be available for chats and groups and you will be able to react to them by tapping and holding the singular message.
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Every time someone reacts to your messages, you receive a push notification, which is enabled by default however, you can also disable it. You will be able to see who reacted to your message by tapping the reaction icon. This info section shows up the list of people that have reacted to a message in a group.
Reacting to messages is very easy and simple. Here, I am going to show you how to use the message reaction feature on WhatsApp.
How to use WhatsApp Message Reaction?
- Open WhatsApp.
- Long press the message to which you wish to react.
- A pop-up will appear with six available emojis.
- Select one of the six emoji in the pop-up to use that as the reaction.
- Your message reaction will appear below the message you previously selected.
It should be mentioned that this is an initial rollout which means the feature is not available for all users at the moment. But it will reach all users in up to 7 days. Make sure, that you are using the latest version of your WhatsApp.
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WhatsApp introduces Screen Sharing feature in Beta
Today, WhatsApp introduced the Screen Sharing feature in its Android Beta activity. Some lucky users have received this new function after updating the Android app to version 188.8.131.52 through Google Play Store.
WhatsApp has reportedly added a new button within the video call control panel. Once enabled, you will be prompted to share your screen with the person connected on the call.
This feature will record and share everything displayed on your screen with the recipient. However, the feature may not work perfectly now as the recipient’s WhatsApp may not be on the latest build of Beta.
In addition, users may notice some minor changes regarding the new bottom navigation bar elements’ arrangement after updating to WhatsApp Beta for Android 184.108.40.206.
Following a successful Beta run, WhatsApp will roll out the new screen-sharing feature and the new placement for tabs within the bottom navigation bar to more users over the coming weeks.
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Message Editing feature joins WhatsApp on Android, get it now!
WhatsApp begins rolling out the most anticipated Message Editing feature on Android. Users across the world get access to this feature today, while the rollout will continue to expand gradually.
Update your Samsung Galaxy phone’s WhatsApp to the latest version through Google Play Store. Once done, you will have access to edit a sent message and the change will reflect if both parties have the latest WhatsApp version.
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The Meta-owned company officially announced the availability of this feature on all accounts. You now get up to 15 minutes after sending a message to edit it so you don’t have to worry if you did any silly typo.
How to use WhatsApp Message Editing:
The feature works on any chat window (personal/group). All you need to edit the message is open the chat you want to edit the message from. Tap and hold on to the single message and hit the hamburger (three vertical dots) menu.
It will expand the option where the second will let you edit the message. However, keep in mind that this editing tool only allows you to edit message until 15 minutes after sending, and you can edit multiple times within the duration.
IT’S HERE 📣 Message Editing is rolling out now.
You now get up to 15 minutes after sending a message to edit it. So you don’t have to worry if you duck it up 🦆 pic.twitter.com/JCWNzmXwVr
— WhatsApp (@WhatsApp) May 22, 2023
WhatsApp has recently introduced its Wear OS application, making it possible to chat through the wrist. Moreover, the company is continuously testing new features to stay rock solid against the rapidly growing Telegram.
WhatsApp Android gets iOS-like Navigation Bar in Beta
WhatsApp for Android is testing the iOS-like bottom navigation bar on the Beta channel. As spotted by WABetaInfo, the latest v220.127.116.11 build brings a refreshed home screen appears to the messenger, adopting the iPhone-like navigation bar at the bottom.
As the tab options shift to the bottom, the app ditches the ability to switch across tabs with swipe gestures. There are uncertainties about whether the developers will continue to test the new user interface or stop it from hearing negative feedback from the users.
This redesigned interface with a bottom navigation bar is gradually rolling out to more beta testers that install the latest version of WhatsApp beta for Android from the Google Play Store. If WhatsApp continues, the new design will appear on more accounts in the coming days.
The report also noted that some users are facing issues like the app crashing post-installation of the latest build. If you are facing the same problem, simply, downgrade to the previous version or wait for a while until WhatsApp rolls out the next build or hotfix update.