You can now react to WhatsApp messages with a pregnant man or a taco emoji

If you've ever wanted to send a message reaction with an aubergine emoji, you're in luck.

Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg this week announced that WhatsApp's message reactions will soon be extended from 6 basic emojis to a whopping 3,600 combinations.

The feature is slowly being rolled out to all WhatsApp users across different platforms, so if you're not able to use the new reactions system just yet, don't worry. It will soon be coming your way. You'll see a + symbol appear on your reaction button.

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Zuckerberg announced the news by sharing his favourite emoji, including a robot, popcorn, a surfer, sunglasses, '100', and a fist bump.

It's simple enough to find out whether you can use the new feature or not too.

The WhatsApp sleuths at WABetaInfo explained how by saying: "If you want to verify if they ability to react to messages with any emoji and skin tone is already available for your account, you need to test it by reacting to a message: if you see a new plus icon placed within the reaction tray, it means the feature is really available for your account!"

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The new reactions could prove to be a minefield for those who struggle to understand the hidden meaning of different emoji as they're sent messages by friends.

The change has also led smartphone users to call on other apps to include the update. Emojipedia founder Jeremy Burge tweeted: "Baffling to me why iMessage still doesn't permit any-emoji as react […] I want to [clap] or [muscle] a msg from a friend instead of a stale [thumbs up]. Good to see this coming to WhatsApp."

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