Most messaging apps allow you to react to a message by selecting an emoji. Such as iMessage, Facebook Messenger and Slack. Not WhatsApp. It’s often lacking features you’d expect, but they do get added… eventually.

Recently, users got the ability to send disappearing photos or videos, long after disappearing messages were added to the app.

The wait is almost over, though. Soon, as spotted by WABetaInfo, reactions are coming. An image posted in Twitter shows a beta version of WhatsApp on iPhone with emojis below a message.

WhatsApp message reactions are coming
Image: WABetaInfo

In the beta, it’s possible to select any available emoji and will display a number to indicate how many reactions there are to that message, which is most useful in group chats where you can see who reacted with what.

If you react to a message and the person who wrote it running an older version of WhatsApp, they’ll see a message telling them that they’ve received a reaction and need to update their app.

That’s not all. Other features are in the works as well. There’s a new shortcut to stickers which appears to the left-hand side of a word you’re typing when it matches a sticker. Plus, privacy settings are being reworked to include ‘My Contacts Except…’ so that you can, for example, allow everyone to know when you were last seen using the app except specific people.

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