How to Use Message Response on WhatsApp

Phones died in 2010, giving way to text messages. Social media apps have meant the death of both texting and human interaction. The emoji, or more precisely its use as a substitute for meaningful conversation in messaging applications, is just the newest way to separate us even further. Regardless of the inevitable collapse of society it will result in, we can all agree that the responses to messages on WhatsApp could not have come a moment earlier. Messaging applications such as Facebook Messenger, Instagram and even the recently implemented Google RCS offer smooth messaging responses. Let’s take a look at how reactions to WhatsApp messages work and how you can (perhaps) try them out for yourself.


Who Can Benefit From WhatsApp Message Response?

For now, Meta only allows select WhatsApp beta testers to access messaging. The beta program is closed for now (although you can follow the Google Play Store page for the beta program), but if you’re already a WhatsApp beta tester, you should download WhatsApp beta version for Android from the Play Store or APKMirror. Even if you are a beta tester, responses are limited so you may still not be able to use this feature.

How do you react to a message in WhatsApp?

Message responses were confirmed by WhatsApp boss Will Cathcart in a Twitter video and WhatsApp blog. Longtime users of other Meta messaging services, or almost any other major messaging platform, will find the responses to messages intuitive. If you’re unfamiliar with the Facebook Messenger or Instagram interface, responding to a message is simple – just follow these steps:

  1. Open the chat that has the message you want to reply to.
  2. Press and hold the received message that you want to react to.
  3. A popup will appear with 6 emoticons that you can react to.
  4. Choose one of the 6 emoticons in the popup to use as a reaction.
  5. Your reaction to the message will appear under the previously selected message.
There will only be 6 emojis available at first, but when you launch this feature, WhatsApp will add support for all the emojis and skin tones you can normally use in messages.

According to WABetaInfo, WhatsApp is also testing a beta of the feature to enable or disable notifications about responses to sent messages. You can find the reaction notification switch under Settings -> Notifications as a switch called Reaction notifications.

You can see Will Cathcart’s tweet and video confirming and demonstrating the reactions to WhatsApp messages below:

WhatsApp message responses are an easy way to eliminate the unnecessary clutter that comes with the current practice of sending emoticons as a response to messages – we were all in those group chats and received notification alerts as the whole group thought you were your aunt’s cat was the sweetest thing in the area.

Unless you are one of the lucky few with WhatsApp message notifications, don’t despair. Get the upper hand with Google News Emoji!

As previously mentioned, feedback responses are still in beta testing by select beta testers, so you may not see them yet. This article will be updated as features develop and become publicly available.

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