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Meta-owned encrypted messaging service WhatsApp has started rolling out Message reactions in beta on Android. WABetaInfo stated that emoji reactions have started appearing in beta version 2.22.8.3 of the service’s Android app

The new feature currently offers six emoji reactions. As per the report, the ability to react to messages is currently available to select users but everyone should be able to see the emoji reactions. Emoji reactions are already available on other platforms like Instagram and Messenger. They have also been available to users on Discord, Slack, and Telegram. WhatsApp has not officially confirmed when all users will get the emoji reactions feature.

The version in which the feature has been released is WhatsApp beta for Android v2.22.8.3. The feature allows users to choose from six reactions including like, love, laugh, surprised, sad, and thanks. It is important to note that in January 2022, WhatsApp was reportedly testing message reactions’ notifications for iOS users.

WhatsApp Message Reactions to be available to all users soon

While the feature is not available to all WhatsApp users yet, it will surely be available for both Android and iOS devices soon. WhatsApp will test the feature with a small number of users, find out and fix any bugs or issues and then release the feature for all users.

WABetaInfo also tweeted that since the message reactions notifications setting is available on all three platforms — Android, iOS, and desktop. It may roll out officially to WhatsApp on all three platforms sometime very soon. However, since there is no official confirmation from the Meta-owned platform

WhatsApp was also working on the Message Reaction feature for the desktop version of its app. The publication shares a screenshot where a WhatsApp message sends from the desktop version, along with six emojis on top of it in what looks like the Message reaction options. This screenshot reveals a new reaction button that is available on the left side of a message, where the message forwarding option is currently present.

On a related note, WhatsApp also releases a free browser extension that helps users to verify whether their WhatsApp Web is authenticated or not. This will help users to figure out whether the messages they are sending and receiving from the WhatsApp Web version are secure or not.

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