First look at new WhatsApp ‘reactions’ shows what your mates think of your chat

Ever been left on 'Read' and wondered what someone really thinks of your WhatsApp message?

Users will soon be able to react to messages just like on Facebook, and even manage notifications for message reactions so they appear on phone lock screens.

iPhone and iPad users of WhatsApp will be the first to receive the new features, with an impending update due on managing notifications for group and individual chats.

So far there is no information on when Android users will be able to take advantage of it.

An update is available now through WhatsApp's beta program, which anyone can sign up to. This lets you test the latest experimental features for the app, including those which may never be released to the general public.

While the update gives you the ability to manage message reactions, it doesn't actually let you react to messages just yet.

WhatsApp insiders WABetaInfo said: "You are now able to manage when you should receive notifications for reactions, for individual chats and groups, and which tone to play when you receive those notifications.

"Unfortunately, it's still not possible to react to messages, but the fact it's possible to manage these settings suggests that message reactions will be available very soon."

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How do I sign up to the WhatsApp beta?

To register for the new update and try it out before everyone else, follow these steps:

  1. Open WhatsApp and tap the three dots, then head to 'More Options'
  2. Tap Linked Devices
  3. Hit 'Multi-device beta'
  4. Tap 'Join beta'

Once you've joined the beta programme, you'll be able to try out every new version of WhatsApp before it is released to the general public.

Some of its features are experimental and will never see the light of day, so it's a good opportunity to try out some secret tech.

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