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Add reactions to messages

To make messages more visual and playful, you can react to messages with an emoji, like a smiley face.

Get started with reactions

Important: To apply reactions on Google Messages, you must connect your Google Messages account to an Android device.

Add a reaction

  1. Tap and hold a message.
  2. Choose an emoji reaction.
Tip: To add a reaction on a computer, hover over a message. Click Reactions Reactionsand then Select a reaction.

Change a reaction

Important: You can only change your own reactions.

  1. Tap and hold the message that you have reacted to.
  2. Select a new reaction.

Remove a reaction

Important: You can only remove your own reactions.

  1. Tap and hold the message that you have reacted to.
  2. Tap the highlighted reaction.

Find out who applied the reaction

In a group chat, anyone can add a reaction to a message. To find out who added a reaction, tap the group of emoji reactions.

Turn off animated reactions

  1. On your device, open the Settings app Settings.
  2. Select Accessibility and then Colour and motion.
  3. Turn on Remove animations.

Show iPhone reactions as texts

Important: This feature is only available in the US on text messages sent in English.

When an iOS user reacts to a message, an emoji appears under their message. To get their reactions as texts, turn off the emoji reaction.

The emoji feature only applies when an iOS user reacts to text messages, not to images or any other file types.

  1. Open Google Messages .
  2. At the top right, tap Profile photo and then Message settings and then Advanced.
  3. Turn off Show iPhone reactions as emoji.

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