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Respond to iPhone texts faster with 50 additional reactions in iMessage

iPhone power tip: You're not limited to the thumbs-up, heart and 4 other reactions in iMessage. Here's how to up your texting game.
Written by Jason Hiner, Editor in Chief

If you're an iPhone user and you get a lot of text messages then you probably already know that one of the best ways to quickly respond is to long-press a message and then select the heart, the thumbs up or one of the four quick reactions in iMessage.


The six standard reactions when you long-press on a text in iMessage.

Screenshot by Jason Hiner/ZDNET

But, did you know that you have access to a lot more reactions than just those six by using one of the iPhone's coolest hidden features?

Let's show you how to do it. 

How to use Memoji reactions

  1. Open a text in iMessage 
  2. Go to the list of icons above the keyboard and tap on Stickers 
  3. Tap on a Memoji or Animoji reaction like the mind-blown one and hold your finger on it 
  4. Drag it on top of a message, a photo, or a video that someone has sent you 
  5. Let go
Screenshot by Jason Hiner/ZDNET

Using this feature you now have access to another 50 different reactions.

You can also watch our walkthrough of this tip in a short video on YouTube Shorts (embedded below), Instagram Reels, or on TikTok.

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