WhatsApp users will soon be able to use any emoji in response to someone else’s message. Previously, users could only choose from six emojis selected by WhatsApp. Those six remain in the selection menu, but a plus button is added to choose other emojis.
Meta’s CEO Mark Zuckerberg says that the feature is now rolling out to users, but doesn’t say when all users should have the feature. The emoji reactions have been available in WhatsApp since May; back then it was just six emojis for users to choose from.
With the extended function, all emojis are available, whereby other skin colors can also be chosen. Users can use additional emojis by long-pressing a chat message. Then the six emojis that now also appear. In addition, there will be a plus button, where the user can choose from all emojis. The reaction emojis work in both group conversations and individual conversations.
The extra reaction emojis with WhatsApp. Image via The Verge