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How to use Facebook's new reactions on Android

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.

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.

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!

48 Comments
  • Like
  • And still no "Dislike"
  • That would hurt the special snowflakes. That would be bullying. We can't make the special snowflakes uncomfortable. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Screw those snowflakes. They melt anyways Posted via the Android Central App on my Frost Nexus 6P
  • Sad and Angry seem like they cover Dislike Posted via the Android Central App
  • Sad and Angry do not really cover when you Disagree with a post (e.g. Religious views, Political views, etc.)
  • There is always the option of using your words rather than just clicking a dumb button. Posted via the Android Central App
  • well...considering i switched to Tinfoil for FB about a month ago, i doubt ill be able to use the features. Though, ill take better battery life, better performning phone anyday than using the official FB app.
  • Works fine with metal, dunno about tinfoil. Posted via the Android Central App
  • No dislike and what's funny is that people say they didn't include it for positive enforcement haha! If likes are a positive enforcement for someone. They need help mentally. Posted via the Android Central App on my Frost Nexus 6P
  • Don't know if this is BS or not but probably not too far from reality https://youtu.be/dxePa5rbNqw Posted via the Android Central App
  • Good lord what has humanity come to ? Posted via the Android Central App
  • Lol. That's clearly fake and staged but nonetheless I do not doubt people like those actually exist. Definitely not to far from reality Posted via the Android Central App on my Frost Nexus 6P
  • What is a "positive enforcement"? Does it involve police?
  • People like to bang on about political correctness gone mad, but I think it's a lot more likely they don't want sponsored advertisers posts getting thousands of dislikes. Posted via the Android Central App
  • And still no Facebook live for Android. Smh Posted via the Android Central App
  • Anyone else lose their FB widget on the latest update? Posted via the Android Central App
  • Yep, I lost my FB widget after the last update. Posted via the Android Central App
  • I still don't have them. Posted via the Android Central App
  • What still pisses me off is the iOS implementation vs. Android. Animated vs. static. No respect
  • For what it's worth, it's not animated on Web either. So it's not just an Android thing. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Still don't have it on mine California Posted via the Android Central App
  • Any word on why FB ditched the widget in the latest version? Posted via the Android Central App
  • And what if you're using Facebook mobile on your Android phone? There is no mouse to hover over the line button. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Long press the Like button. Posted via the Android Central App
  • It doesn't work that way.
  • It does on mine... I've tried on the desktop version and mobile version (m.facebook.com) and they both work like that. I'm using Chrome or the stock Samsung browser, if that helps.
  • I foresee some issues with this certain set of emojis. It's going to pit people against each other when there's a name and picture associated with a news story that people don't like. Someone posts an angry face for a random "black lives matter" news story or any story that's not "feel good", and the other person who lives in that town or gets their information, shows up at their house and.........
  • Someone already mentioned it, but I wonder why these are only animated on iOS and not everywhere else. Posted via the Android Central App
  • I'm on a Nexus 6P, running the Facebook App, and it's animated on mine, so I don't know what everyone else is seeing...
  • Does your crying emoji actually cry, the angry one actually pout, and the laughing one actually LOLs? Lucky you. That's not showing up on any of my devices or the Web version (both mobile and desktop), only on my work iPhone. Posted via the Android Central App
  • They do animate if you tap and hold them (at least they do ok my G4)... Posted via the Android Central App
  • How do you tap and hold on them if you're already holding from tap and holding the like button to get them to show up? I do see an animation on Android and Web (sort of like the iDock animation) but not the iOS animation where each emotion is actually acting out said emotion (again, the crying emoji is actually crying and tears roll down, the angry one actually pouts and looks frustrated, etc.). That I'm only seeing on iPhone.
  • Tap and hold 'like' to bring up icons -> release (icons stay there) -> tap and hold any of the faces and they then animate -> drag between icons to select one/see all animations (drag away to deselect) Can't comment on if it's like iPhone as I don't have one. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Ah! Thanks for that! Still not animating, though. I'm on the beta version of the FB app so it might be a bug.
  • Dislike. You only had one job, Facebook... Unlocked Marshmallow Nexus 6 on Verizon. I'm a happy guy.
  • They need a who cares button, I would hit that right about now Posted via the Android Central App
  • I didn't get this feature.. What version of the app needed...? Posted via the Android Central App
  • New goodies....awesome!
  • Still don't have it note 4 California Posted via the Android Central App
  • but how is it done from mobile web?
  • Long press on the Like button
  • How to use it on android browser?
  • Long press on the like button.
  • I'm not sure what triggers it or why, but SOME posts don't seem to let you add emotions, and some do. Weird.
  • Long pressing on android still not working note 4 Posted via the Android Central App
  • It looks too busy for me. I was already on the edge of removing myself from Facebook for a myriad of reasons, but this helped seal the deal. I rarely use any social platforms these days. Too busy for the mediocre return. Posted via the Android Central App
  • It doesn't work for me. I've updated to the latest Facebook version on the play store, and when I long-press Like, nothing happens. Like is still the only option for me.