Google Messages reactions set to grow into choices

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Edgar Cervantes / Android Authority


  • Google Messages reactions are changing.
  • The beta version of the app allows some users to choose any emoji in reaction, not just the current seven.
  • This change will likely roll out to the public in the coming weeks.

If you’re a Google Messages user, you’ll probably love being able to react to specific RCS messages using an Emoji. It’s much easier and simpler to add 😍 to someone’s message than to write an actual reply.

The problem, however, is that Google Messages reactions are currently limited to seven choices: πŸ‘,😍,πŸ˜‚,😲,😒,😠, and πŸ‘Ž. While these are all good choices, they don’t apply in all situations. What if you wanted to respond with an Emoji that means “I don’t know”? Or maybe one that means β€œit makes me hungry”? There is nothing in these seven choices that would work.

Fortunately, it looks like Google is preparing to rectify this. As spotted by 9to5Google, some beta users of the Messages app are seeing a new set of choices on the flybar that appears when you long-press an RCS message. The new menu replaces the πŸ‘Ž and replaces it with a new icon that displays the full Emoji picker. This would allow you to react to a message with one of the hundreds of Emojis available – not just seven.

Google Messages reactions: when will they arrive?

9to5Google actually spotted this back in September in one of his APK teardowns. However, this is the first time we’ve seen this tested on the beta channel. Considering the great appeal of this feature and the speed at which it is tested, there is a high probability that it will be integrated into the stable version of the application.

We expect this to become a standard part of Messages in the coming weeks. However, we’ll have to wait for Google to officially announce these reactions from Google Messages before we can say anything for sure.