How to Use Facebook Reactions

The new Facebook Like button is available to everyone on the Facebook website and in the Facebook app for iPhone and Android. The new Facebook reactions include six ways to reply to a post or photo—five more than you have with just a like button.

This guide will show you how to use Facebook Reactions on the web and in your apps and what each Facebook Reaction means.

With the new Facebook reaction options, you can now express how you feel using six different Facebook emojis. The new Facebook like button still includes a like, but it also includes a Love and four emojis that you can use to cover up other emotions.

Facebook announced its new way to share your reactions on February 24, after testing the new feature for almost half a year.

Here’s what you need to know about Facebook Reactions, the new Facebook Like button. Image Credit Facebook.

All Facebook users can access the new Facebook like button to use a Facebook Reaction. If you don’t see this option yet, it will likely arrive in your app and computer in the very near future.

Instead of simply using a Facebook dislike button to tell people you didn’t like a post, the new Facebook emoji captures reactions to things your friends have shared.

This is not a Facebook dislike button. Instead, it’s more of a way to share your feelings and reactions to a post, with more than a like or comment. Facebook writes,

“We listen to people and we know there needs to be more ways to easily and quickly express how something you see in News Feed makes you feel”

Check out the new Facebook reactions below that might help you understand what the new Facebook like button options are. Here are new Facebook emojis that can replace your like button for no better explanation.

Facebook Reactions Emoji Name
New Facebook Likes Emoji like
New Facebook Love Emoji love
Facebook Reactions HAHA HAHA
New Facebook WOW Emoji WOW
New Facebook Sad Emoji Sad
Facebook Emojis - Angry - Facebook Dislike Button Annoyed

You can use the new Facebook Reactions to leave a new type of Facebook emoji reply on posts in apps and on your computer.

How to Use Facebook Reactions

Hovering over the like button on your computer allows you to use Facebook reactions on Mac or PC. If you don’t see the option, you’ll have to wait a bit, but it will soon be available to all Facebook users.

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How to use Facebook Reactions on iPhone, Android, PC and Mac  Image Credit Facebook.

How to use Facebook Reactions on iPhone, Android, PC and Mac Image Credit Facebook.

Long pressing the Like button on iPhone or Android will open Facebook Reactions options on Android and iPhone.

Just hit the like button to leave a regular like and you will have quick access to the three most common Facebook reactions.

Facebook Reactions animated

How to Unlock Facebook Reactions

If you don’t have Facebook Reactions on your computer, iPhone or Android, you can use this trick to activate the features without waiting for them to appear.

On your computer, you should see the option by hovering the mouse over it without needing to log into or log out of Facebook. If you don’t see the option when you hover the mouse over Like, close that tab and go back to Facebook and you should get them.

Facebook Reactions Now Opening

You don’t need a Facebook update to use the new Facebook Reactions on your iPhone or Android device.

If you don’t see the option, you need to close the Facebook app. To do this, double-press home on iPhone, then swipe up in the Facebook app. Look at your currently running apps on Android and swipe to close them.

When you backup Facebook app, you can long press to use Facebook Reactions. Do not try to use 3D Touch for this feature on iPhone 6s or iPhone 6s Plus.

What Do Facebook Reactions Mean?

A very important aspect of using this is that when you react to a post, you are telling Facebook that you want to see more of this type of content.

Facebook may handle reactions differently in the future, but for now, saying something that upsets or angers you will tell Facebook to show you more than that.

Don’t use an Angry reaction to tell Facebook you don’t want to see anything. For this you can use this tool to block Political Facebook posts.