Finally, Android Users Can Turn iMessage Reactions Into Emoji

Although there are some who struggle with teeth and nails as to whether iOS or Android is the best smartphone operating system, most of us can get along well with each other and the green bubbles will be cleared. IMessage reactions (called Tapbacks) from iPhones are not fun when it comes to full text on Android. Jack Peterson: “Do you want to go to the movies?”

Finally, Android Users Can Turn iMessage Reactions Into Emoji

That’s why the good news is that Google is implementing a solution to this problem; A new feature allows you to select all iMessage reactions that appear as emojis in Google News.

The interesting thing here is that despite every icon Apple uses for reactions to emojis, Google decided to go with smileys rather than very straightforward icons. “Like” and “Dislike” reactions still come as thumbs up and thumbs down, respectively, but the rest are not the same:

  • “Love,” a heart on iOS, is the “Smiling Face with Heart-Eyes” emoji on Android.
  • “Question,” a question mark on iOS, is the “Thinking Face” emoji on Android.
  • “Emphasize,” an exclamation mark on iOS, is the “Face with Open Mouth” emoji on Android.
  • “Laugh,” a “Haha” icon on iOS, is the “Face with Tears of Joy” emoji on Android.

True, this can be bypassed-but not unless you’re a techie who knows what he’s doing. They may like a message because it’s good news, and seeing a “heart-smiling face” can give the wrong impression. However, I would take the misconception about annoying text-based reactions any day.

However, this action only applies to Android. Unfortunately, despite this new feature being in place, those on iOS can still see written reactions in group chats with Android users. To fix it now falls on the shoulders of the apple, so, in short, do not hold your breath.

How to turn iMessage reactions into emoji on Android

Google has not yet made this feature available to everyone. Instead, you should opt for the Google Messages beta – but joining that beta is easy. Go to the Play Store and then search for Google News. Make sure you have apps (otherwise download), then scroll down to the same page as “Join Beta”. Tap “Add” and then tap “Add” again in the pop-up.

It may take a few minutes to add your account to the beta. Once you log in, you should start to see the default activated reactions. Otherwise, you can check to see if the iPhone reacts to the emoji in the message by tapping the three dots in the top right and then tapping Settings> Advanced.

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