iPhone brings reactions to FaceTime in iOS 17; Know how to use them

Bored of using reactions in messages? Apple has stepped up to the plate and included gesture reaction to FaceTime in the new iOS 17 update for iPhones. Know how it works.

| Updated on: Oct 25 2023, 14:00 IST
Check out how to use reactions on FaceTime. (Pixabay)
Check out how to use reactions on FaceTime. (Pixabay)

Apple has introduced various new features in its iOS 17 update for all iPhone users. One such cool feature that Apple has added to iOS 17 is FaceTime reactions which enables users to make gestures to react while being on video call. While iPhone users already use reactions in messages, however, the new gesture control makes it more interesting. Check out how you can use the FaceTime reactions while connecting with your friends and family.

Types of reactions in iOS 17 FaceTime

According to a MacRumors report, below are the reactions which can be used during FaceTime.




Stormy rains


Laser beams



Gestures to use FaceTime reactions

  • Like- A simple thumbs up towards the screen would pop-up the animated emoji.
  • Fireworks: Double thumbs up will bring fireworks.
  • Dislike: Thumbs down would give a pop-up of the animated emoji.
  • Stormy rains: Two thumbs down will bring thunderstorms and rain to your screen.
  • Love: Create a heart using both of your hands.
  • Laser beams: Point the rock fist in front of your screen to bring laser lights.
  • Balloons: A peace sign through fingers will bring balloons.
  • Confetti: A double peace sign would bring party popper confetti.

How to disable FaceTime reactions

  • Go to FaceTime on your iPhone
  • Swipe down from the top-right to access Control Center.
  • Now, tap the Effects button
  • On your screen, three options will appear, you have to tap on “Reactions”
  • The reaction feature will be turned off.

Note that the FaceTime reaction feature will only be available on iPhone 12 and above generation iPhones. Also, your iPhone should have the new iOS 17 update to access the new features introduced in FaceTime. This feature is an innovative way to interact with friends and family. Now reaction will not only stay limited to messages but with above mentioned gestures, you will be able to use reactions in FaceTime as well. Furthermore, with iOS 17, iPhone users will be able to send FaceTime voicemails in iOS 17 just like we send voicemails when the receiver does not pick up the call.

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First Published Date: 25 Oct, 13:59 IST