After bringing in emoji reactions to the Messages app, Google has decided to bring the emoji reaction to another of its platforms. This time the Gmail app for Android is getting the ability to react to emails using emojis. Do note that this is just available for the Gmail app only. The web version might get the feature at a later date.
A lot of social media platforms like Instagram, WhatsApp, Telegram, and Facebook’s messenger app let you react to messages. Now that Gmail has also got this feature, it is like a feature that every messaging or communications app should have in 2023 and beyond.
While the feature is rolling out for the Gmail Android app right now, iOS users who have the Gmail app will have to wait a bit longer to get the emoji reaction update for their devices.
Note: While everyone can make use of the email emoji reactions, you need to note that Gmail users who have a school or work account will not be getting this feature. This feature is available for user’s accounts only.
How to send Emoji Reactions in Gmail
If you have updated the Gmail app on your Android to the latest available version from the Play Store, you can follow these steps to react to an email using an emoji.
Step 1: Launch the Gmail app on your Android smartphone.
Step 2: Now, open up an email that you would like to reply to.
Step 3: Under the message block, you will see the Add Emoji icon. If not, tap the three dots available next to send and choose Add reaction.
Step 4: The emoji picker window will now appear. You simply need to browse and tap the emoji that you wish to use as a reaction.
Step 5: You can see more emojis by tapping on the More option.
Step 6: Once you have selected the emoji, you will see it appear at the bottom of the email.
You can easily view who has reacted to your email with an emoji by tapping and holding the emoji. You can also use the same reaction used by someone else to the email message by simply tapping on the emoji.
While all of this sounds great and is super easy to follow and understand, there are certain restrictions. Here are the restrictions laid down by Google for emoji reactions in Gmail.
Emoji Reaction Restrictions For Gmail On Android
There are select scenarios where you will not be able to send or use emoji reactions. Check them out below.
- Gmail users who have a work and school account.
- Email messages are being sent to a group email list.
- The message is being sent to 20 or more recipients.
- You are added to the BCC of the message.
- If you have sent 20+ reactions to the message.
- Opening your email in Apple Mail, Microsoft Outlook or any other email provider other than the Gmail app will not let you use emoji reactions.
- If the sender has a custom reply to the email address.
Now that the Gmail app for Android has the option to let you send emoji reactions to emails, what other Google apps or platforms will be getting this feature next? Also, do you think giving an emoji reaction to an email is a good idea or do you feel that people need to reply to the email to confirm that they have received your email message? Share your thoughts below.