The iMessage Reactions Emoji feature has arrived for Android users

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Photo: ThomasDeco (Shutterstock) – Ending the use of text-based responses to messages is welcomed by us. The majority of us can get along quite well with each other, green bubbles and all. However, there are others who would battle tooth and nail to argue whether iOS or Android is the better smartphone platform If an Android user receives a whole text message in response to an iMessage reply (referred to as a Tapback) on their iPhone, it’s no fun. “Jake Peterson: Liked ‘Want to go to a movie?’” is what an iPhone would show as a thumbs up. It’s not the best situation.

As a result, this is really good news! iMessage replies will now display in Google Messages as cute emoticons instead of the block of text that they do on the iPhone. This is a bug that Google is working to solve now.

Even though there exist emojis for almost every sign used by Apple for responses, Google chose smileys rather than more simple iconography. There are still “like” and “dislike” replies, but the remainder of the responses are different:

  • The “Smiling Face with Heart-Eyed” emoji on Android is “Love,” a heart on iOS.
  • Android’s “Thinking Face” emoji is called “Question” on iOS.
  • This emoji is called “Face with Open Mouth” on Android, and “Emphasize” on iOS.
  • Android’s “Face with Tears of Joy” emoji is iOS’ “Laugh,” which is a “Haha” symbol.

Although “Haha” doesn’t have a non-smiley counterpart, the other responses may not convey the same meaning that your iPhone buddy intended. For certain people, seeing a “Smiling Face with Heart-Eyes” might offer the incorrect impression. It’s still preferable than unpleasant text-based replies over the mistaken concept, however.

It’s only for Android. We’ll still see our Android friends’ responses typed out in group conversations, even with this new functionality. In other words, don’t hold your breath for Apple to come up with a solution.

On Android, how can you make iMessage replies into Emoji?

Google has not yet made this function available to all users. In order to use Google Messages, you’ll need to sign up for the Google Messages beta. Google Messages may be found on the Play Store by searching for it there. Ensure that you have the app installed and then click “Join the beta” on the same page. “Join” the pop-up, then tap “Join” again.

Adding your account to the beta may take some time. To begin with, reactions will be enabled by default when you log in. The Show iPhone responses as emoji option may be checked in Messages by pressing the three dots in the top-right corner, then Settings > Advanced.