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How to Add Reactions in Facebook Messenger App

Updated on March 24, 2017
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Max holds a BS in Mass Communications from SIU and an MA in Communication from U of I, and is pursuing an MBA from Webster University.

Introduction

In March 2017, Facebook moved its reactions functionality into a new realm, expanding the feature from its core Big Blue app, and into the Messenger app. As of March 2017, the app includes reactions that communicate: sad, smile, wow, angry, yes, and no. Choosing a reaction causes an animated graphic associated with what that reaction communicates to appear on the screen. Immediately after appearing, a small icon associated with your reaction is appended to the comment you added it to, and is visible to everyone in that Messenger chat. A count appears to the right of that reaction, indicating how many other people in the conversation applied the same reaction to that comment. Also, if there is more than one type of reaction to a comment, there will be an icon for each of those reactions appended to the comment. It's important to note that you can both change you reaction to a comment, and also remove a reaction to any comment you put a reaction on.

Facebook Messenger rolled out the ability to add reactions to comments in March 2017.
Facebook Messenger rolled out the ability to add reactions to comments in March 2017. | Source
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Tap to open the Facebook Messenger app.Hold your finger down against a comment to bring up a reaction image tray.After selecting an image, an animated graphic appears in the center of your screen.There will be a smaller image tray beneath the comment showing the reaction types, and the total count of those reaction types.The love animated graphic.The laughter animated graphic.The sad animated graphic.The wow animated graphic.The thumbs down animated graphic.The thumbs up animated graphic.Tapping the reaction tray beneath a comment brings up a window that shows you who put what reaction on which comment.
Tap to open the Facebook Messenger app.
Tap to open the Facebook Messenger app. | Source
Hold your finger down against a comment to bring up a reaction image tray.
Hold your finger down against a comment to bring up a reaction image tray. | Source
After selecting an image, an animated graphic appears in the center of your screen.
After selecting an image, an animated graphic appears in the center of your screen. | Source
There will be a smaller image tray beneath the comment showing the reaction types, and the total count of those reaction types.
There will be a smaller image tray beneath the comment showing the reaction types, and the total count of those reaction types. | Source
The love animated graphic.
The love animated graphic. | Source
The laughter animated graphic.
The laughter animated graphic. | Source
The sad animated graphic.
The sad animated graphic. | Source
The wow animated graphic.
The wow animated graphic. | Source
The thumbs down animated graphic.
The thumbs down animated graphic. | Source
The thumbs up animated graphic.
The thumbs up animated graphic. | Source
Tapping the reaction tray beneath a comment brings up a window that shows you who put what reaction on which comment.
Tapping the reaction tray beneath a comment brings up a window that shows you who put what reaction on which comment. | Source

Process for Adding Reactions in Facebook Messenger App

  1. Open the Facebook Messenger app.

  2. Press and hold your finger against the comment you want to add a reaction to. The message background will lighten, and a tray with six reaction types will appear directly above the comment you held your finger against. Alternatively, there will be a barely visible smiley face icon with a "+" sign directly above it located to the right of each user's last comment. You can also bring up the tray with the six reaction types by tapping that icon.

  3. Tap one of the six reaction types. An animated graphic associated with that reaction type appears in the center of the screen. If you've previously applied a reaction to this comment, you'll see a blue dot located directly beneath the reaction type you currently have applied to that comment. A small icon associated with the reaction type you selected appears directly beneath the comment. For example, if you chose the Thumbs Up reaction, a small icon featuring a hand with an upward-pointing thumb will appear directly beneath the comment. Additionally, there will be a number immediately to the right of the reaction graphic calling out how many total people have assigned that reaction to that comment.

Video Walkthrough of Adding Reactions in Facebook Messenger

Process for Removing Reactions in Facebook Messenger App

  1. Hold your finger against the comment you previously assigned a reaction to that you want to remove until the reaction tray appears.

  2. Tap the icon with the blue dot directly beneath it. This icon is the reaction you currently have applied to that comment. The reaction tray will close, and if your reaction was the only one of that type, the icon associated with that reaction type will disappear from beneath the comment. Alternatively, if there were other individuals in that conversation who had assigned the same reaction type as you to that comment, the total count of that reaction type will merely go down.

How to See Other People's Reactions in Facebook Messenger App

If you're itching to know how other people have reacted to a particular comment, you can tap the small reaction tray that appears directly beneath the comment. A small window will fly up from the bottom of your screen that will tell you who applied what reaction to that specific comment. You can close that window by tapping anywhere outside of that particular window.

© 2017 Max Dalton

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