WhatsApp reactions are coming: here’s everything we know so far
The next major feature that is expected to hit WhatsApp in the near future is expected to be Message Reactions. These reaction icons will allow WhatsApp users to react to messages sent by their friends. It will be similar to how the reactions are currently available on Instagram DMs (direct messages).
WABetaInfo, who as a reliable record for the leak of WhatsApp features ahead of their official reveal, has now signaled that the messaging platform may include reactions to WhatsApp messages in a new future update. However, the feature is under development and may not yet be available to beta users.
The report also suggests that in addition to message reactions, each message will also have a reaction information tab. This area will allow users to see the different reactions that have been given to a message.
A screenshot also reveals that all reactions are listed in an “All” tab, while other emoji reactions will have their own separate tabs. The report adds that users will only be able to react to a message once, and reactions will be limited to six emojis.
While the feature has been spotted in development for WhatsApp for iOS for now, it is expected to arrive on WhatsApp for Android as well.
WhatsApp gets closer to cross-platform integration with Instagram, Messenger
The feature will also bring WhatsApp closer to the cross-platform plans that Mark Zuckerberg talked about in 2019. This will allow WhatsApp users to communicate with Instagram and Facebook Messenger users without creating a separate account on those apps.
Facebook Messenger and Instagram users can already chat with each other. However, for WhatsApp to be added to the mix, both platforms will first need to implement end-to-end encryption, which has long been a core feature of WhatsApp. However, it might take some time.
In other news, WhatsApp launched a dedicated app for Windows users earlier this month. While the app, which can be found on the Microsoft Store, is still not entirely bug-free, it aims to be more feature-rich than the WhatsApp web, offering features like video and voice calling.