Express sadness, anger, surprise, and more with Facebook reactions

Like is so 2015. Especially when you can love, laugh, cry, gasp, or fume! And that's where Facebook's new reactions come in. If someone posts bad news or sad news, if they post something that makes you glad or makes you mad, you can now react exactly that way. Best of all, it works on Android and on the Web!

What are Facebook Reactions?

Facebook reactions give you options and opportunities far beyond the "like". For example, if a friend got dumped or their car got smashed, liking it would be awkward, and since you may not want to comment, you end up doing nothing, and your friend will never know you saw their post and were thinking about them.

Facebook reactions allow you more room to respond. They provide some shades of gray, and also some bright vivid colors. They let your friends know not just that you feel, but how you feel.

What are the reaction options?

There are six Facebook reactions you can currently use on Facebook:

  • Like: This is our old, thumbs-up, go-to we've been using on Facebook for ages.
  • Love: Appears as a white heart inside of a red circle, perfect to use when something deserves much more attention than a simple like.
  • Ha-ha: Is a great alternative to typing LOL or Hah and cluttering up the comments on a post, but still shows your friend you thought their post was funny.
  • Wow: Shows a very surprised-looking face, covering your bases for both good and bad news posts.
  • Sad: Fills a very big void in the Facebook world and is particularly helpful when showing sympathy after a friend posts some bad news.
  • Angry: Features a scowling face and is a quick way to display your distaste when there are simply no words to convey your anger.

How to use Facebook reactions on your Android phone

If you've logged into the Facebook app and find a post you want to acknowledge, you can easily add a Facebook reaction to it.

  1. Tap and hold your finger on the Like button. This will launch a pop-up menu.
  2. Tap on an appropriate Facebook reaction to leave it on your friend's post.

    Tap and hold your finger on the Like button and tap a reaction.

How to use Facebook reactions on the Web

If you've logged into Facebook and find a post you want to acknowledge, you can easily add a Facebook reaction to it.

  1. Hover your mouse cursor over the Like button. This will launch a pop-up menu.
  2. Tap on an appropriate Facebook reaction to leave it on your friend's post.

    Hove your mouse over the Like button and tap on a reaction.

Whether you're using Facebook on your phone or your computer, you now have more ways to express your feelings about your friend's posts thanks to Facebook reactions!

Go ahead and try 'em out!