WHATSAPP is about to add hundreds of emoji to one of its best features.
A secret update to the app has been uncovered – and could go live in a matter of weeks.
It’s linked to message reactions, a new feature that launched earlier this year.
This lets you react to individual messages using emoji – just like on Facebook.
At the moment, you’re stuck with using just six pre-selected icons.
WhatsApp uses its beta app to test new features before they go live to the general public.
And it’s the beta app that revealed a new feature in development that lets you select any emoji to react to a message.
“WhatsApp has developed a draggable section where you can easily select and search for any emoji you want to use for reacting to the message,” WABetaInfo explained.
“In addition, we can also find a row dedicated to our recently chosen reactions in the same section.”
The bad news is that it’s unclear exactly when the feature will roll out.
It hasn’t even appeared for beta testers properly yet.
So it could take weeks or even months before it lands on your phone.
If you want to check out WhatsApp features before everyone else, follow our guide on how to join the beta below.
How to join WhatsApp beta
To download WhatsApp beta for your smartphone you need to go to Google Play on your Android and search for WhatsApp.
Scroll down the page until you see “Become a Beta Tester”.
Tap the “I’m In” button and then click “Join” to confirm.
Now all you have to do is wait for the update to the beta version of the app.
Joining the WhatsApp beta on iPhone is more difficult, and has limited capacity.
Follow Apple’s guide here.
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