WhatsApp has long been known to be working on a feature called Message Reactions. For those who haven’t been keeping up with WhatsApp’s flurry of upcoming features, the company’s Message Reactions feature, when rolled out, will enable users to react to messages in a way that is similar to the way netizens react to messages in Instagram’s messaging section and Facebook Messenger. Now, word is that the Facebook-based messaging app is developing a feature that will give WhatsApp users more granular control over their Message Reactions and Message Reaction notifications.
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WABetaInfo reports that WhatsApp is working on a new feature called Reaction Notifications. This feature will let users manage how reaction notifications work. The blog site said that in particular, ‘WhatsApp is working on new settings to disable reaction notifications or change their tone.’
The blog site also shared a screenshot that gives a glimpse of how WhatsApp’s interface would look when the company rolls out this feature. The screenshot indicates that the upcoming Reaction Notification feature will appear inside the Notification Settings section of the messaging app alongside the Group Notifications and Message Notifications settings. Just like Message and Group notification settings, Reaction Notifications settings will get two sets of controls. First will be the toggle button that will enable users to enable or disable notifications for Message Reactions. The second setting will enable users to pick the kind of tone that they want WhatsApp to play for Message Reactions. WhatsApp users can pick between WhatsApp’s library of shorter Alert Tones and longer Classic tones. These options are similar to what WhatsApp offers for Message Notifications and Group Notifications.
All said and done, WhatsApp’s upcoming Reaction Notifications feature is still in the developmental phase and it will be quite sometime before the feature is rolled out WhatsApp beta for Android and WhatsApp beta for iOS users for testing before a wider rollout.
Separately, WhatsApp has started rolling out end-to-end encrypted chat backups to its Android and iOS users across the globe. This feature was announced last month and it is now available to users globally. It will enable WhatsApp users to encrypt their chat backups with the same encryption technique that WhatsApp users to secure chats on its platform.