How To React To Messages On Instagram 2023 (SEE How To Do It)

Timothy Iyekowa
Timothy Iyekowa - Writer & Editor
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Reacting to messages on Instagram is simple, you just need to tap and hold and select the emojis you want to react with.

The reaction to messages on Instagram has been available for quite some time before WhatsApp picked it up, but not many people still know how to use it on Instagram.

If you want to know how to react to Instagram messages in a conversation, or you want to be able to customize and change emojis, this guide will show you how.

In this article, you’ll learn how to react to messages on Instagram with emojis. You’ll be able to use emojis to react to any messages you received on Instagram.

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How To React To Messages On Instagram Using the Mobile App

Reacting to messages on Instagram is easy, but you need the feature available on your account before you can react to any messages with emojis.

So before we begin you’ll need to update Instagram Messaging via your account settings. This will also change the Message icon to that of Messenger.

To update messaging on Instagram, go to your Instagram profile > Tap on the three lines [menu] > Tap on Settings > Tap on Update Messaging > Then tap Update.

Step 1: Open Instagram

Open the Instagram app on your iPhone or Android device and tap on the Messenger icon at the top right corner.

You’ll see all the conversations you’ve added with people on Instagram. If you want to react to someone’s message, open the chat

Step 2: React To Messages

On someone’s chat, you can react to their message. Tap and hold the message you want to react to and you’ll see the default react emoji.

Tap any of the emojis to react to the message. If you want multiple reactions on their screen, tap and hold the emoji till it bursts.

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How To Change Emoji Reactions in Instagram DMs

If you want to change Emoji Reactions in Instagram DMs you’ll be able to remove the default and select the one you want.

To Customize Default Emojis, tap and hold until the react screen, then tap on the + sign, tap Customise and select the emojis you want to replace.

Step 1: Open Instagram

Open the Instagram app on your iPhone or Android device and tap on the Messenger icon at the top right corner.

Step 2: Change Emojis Reaction

Open any conversations from the chat section. Tap and hold on to any message, then tap on the + sign at the end.

From the pop-up emojis, tap on Customize at the top right and select the emojis you want to replace the default. Then you can use it to quickly react to any messages in the future.

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How To React To Messages On Instagram Using the Website

It’s easy to react to messages on Instagram via the website on your computer. So if you’re using Mac, Windows, Linux, Chromebook, etc, see how you can react to Instagram messages.

Step 1: Open Instagram Web

Open your web browser on your computer and go to Instagram web. Log in to your account if you haven’t.

Step 2: React To Messages

Click on the Messenger icon at the top right next to the home icon. Then choose the chat you want to react to a message to.

Open the conversation, now find the message you want to react to, and use your cursor to hover over the message, you’ll then see the smiley face icon appear.

Click the smiley icon and you’ll see different emoji to use. Click the emoji you want to react with and you’ll see it under the message.

Conclusion

Reacting to messages help pass the reply easily without you sending a text. Instagram has introduced the reaction to messages on the new messaging version.

If you want to know how to react to a message, you can just tap and hold the message, then you’ll see the default emojis you can react with.

If you don’t react on Instagram, it may be that you haven’t updated the Instagram Messaging to the new version.

Update the version via your Account Settings and make sure the Message icon in Instagram is like that of Facebook Messenger.

If it’s, you’ll be able to react to any messages on Instagram. You can even customize it and replace the default emojis to your taste.

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Frequently Asked Questions

How do you react to a specific message on Instagram?

To react to a specific message on Instagram, go to a chat conversation, tap and hold the specific message you want to react to, and select any of the available emojis. If the emoji you want to reach with is not there, tap the + sign and select [search] the emoji you want to use.

Why can’t I react to people’s messages on
Instagram?

Because you haven’t updated your Instagram Message to the new version. If you can’t react, you need to update Messaging via your Account Settings and tap Update Messaging. Make sure the messaging icon on Instagram looks like that of Facebook Messenger.

How do you respond to different emojis on Instagram?

To respond to different emojis you’ll have to give a reply based on what the conversation is about. So the emoji you’ll send is based on the subject in discussion and not about the emoji the person sends, but it depends.

Why don’t I have reactions on Instagram?

Because you haven’t updated Instagram Messaging to the new version, go to your Account Settings and tap on Update Messaging. Then you’ll be able to send reactions on Instagram.

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