Google has recently introduced a new feature that allows users to react to emails using emojis. This feature can be seen as either a great addition or a potential source of frustration, depending on one’s perspective. 😒
After being rumored last month, Google has officially announced that it will be introducing emoji reactions to its Gmail service. The feature will be introduced in a phased manner, starting with Android users and gradually expanding to web and iOS users over the next few months.
Once you have access to the feature, you’ll notice a smiley face icon located at the bottom of a message. Simply click on it to display a menu of emojis that you can choose from. After selecting your desired emoji, just tap on it to send. Keep in mind that certain emojis, such as the party popper emoji 🎉, have special abilities and can trigger full-page animations for added fun and excitement. Enjoy!
The upcoming feature appears to be reminiscent of how many people utilize emojis to express their reactions on social media. In a similar fashion, users will have the ability to touch and hold an existing reaction, thereby revealing the identities of those who placed it. Additionally, users will be able to tap on a reaction added by someone else in order to reuse it themselves.
Similar to Apple’s iMessage Tapbacks, emoji reactions in Gmail are most effectively utilized within the Gmail platform. When using a third-party email client, each person’s reaction would arrive as a separate email, which may cause inconvenience and fragmentation. To fully benefit from the convenience and ease of emoji reactions, it is recommended to take advantage of them directly within Gmail. 😎🤣😭
There are certain limitations when it comes to using emoji reactions within a school or work setting. These restrictions include the inability to use emoji reactions with your school or work accounts, as well as when a message is sent to more than 20 people or to a group email list. Additionally, if you have been blind carbon copied (bcc’d) on a message, you will also not be able to use emoji reactions. It’s important to keep these restrictions in mind while communicating in these contexts. It’s worth noting that once you’ve sent more than 20 reactions to a message, you won’t be able to respond to it anymore. This limit is in place to ensure that conversations remain balanced and manageable for users.