How to Use Facebook Reactions

Express the right emotion toward a friend's post

In early 2016, Mark Zuckerberg and the Facebook Newsroom announced the global rollout of Facebook Reactions, which allow users to react to posts with animated emoticons. Reactions are available to use on the Facebook website and mobile app.

Familiarize Yourself With Facebook's Reactions

Facebook reactions come in the form of an expansive set of moving emoticons that help you express your emotions when interacting on Facebook. Reactions range from Like to Angry. The latter provides a solution to the Facebook community's persistent request for a dislike reaction.

Facebook has seven reactions:

  • Like: The Like reaction is available to use on Facebook, despite getting a bit of a makeover since its inception. The Like reaction is the first one seen under all posts.
  • Love: When you really like something, why not love it? According to Zuckerberg, the Love reaction was the most used choice when the additional set of reactions were introduced.
  • Care: The Care reaction was introduced on April 17, 2020, to show an emotion of extra care and concern. Give a post or a person a virtual hug with the Care reaction since it hugs a heart.
  • Haha: People share a lot of funny stuff on social media. With a dedicated reaction for laughter on Facebook, you don't have to add a string of laughing emojis in the comments. You can, but you don't have to.
  • Wow: Any time you're shocked and surprised about something, make sure your friends feel just as shocked and surprised, so share it on social media. When you don't quite know what to say about a post, use the Wow reaction.
  • Sad: When it comes to Facebook posting, you can share both the good and the bad in your life. You can make good use of the Sad reaction any time a post triggers your compassionate side.
  • Angry: People can't help but share controversial stories, situations, and events on social media. Express your dislike for posts that fit this category by using the Angry reaction.
Facebook reactions

On the Web: Hover Your Cursor Over the Like Reaction on Any Post

Here's how to apply a reaction to a post:

  1. Pick a post that you want to react to.

  2. The original Like reaction remains below every post. To activate more reactions, hover the mouse over the Like icon without clicking it. A pop-up box of reactions appears above it.

    Facebook reactions - hover over Like until all reactions show
  3. Click one of the seven reactions. (Alternatively, click the Like reaction without hovering over it to like a post.)

  4. After you click a reaction, your reaction displays, only to you, below the post.

    Facebook reactions - Haha reaction chosen

    To undo your reaction, click it. It reverts to the original Like icon.

On the Facebook Mobile App: Hold Down the Like Reaction on Any Post

If you thought using Facebook reactions was fun on the website, wait until you select them on the Facebook mobile app. To select a reaction on the app:

  1. Pick a post that you want to react to.

  2. Press and hold the Like icon to trigger the reactions to pop up.

  3. When you see the pop-up box with the reactions, lift your finger, and tap the reaction of your choice. To change your reaction, press your reaction until all reactions show again, then select a different reaction.

    Facebook - liking a post on mobile app

    Click or Tap the Reaction Count to See a Complete Breakdown

    Every post shows a collection of reactions, plus the number of people who have reacted. To see a breakdown of the count for each reaction, click or tap the overall count of reactions.

    A pop-up box appears with the total count for each reaction and a list of participating users.

    Click the reaction of your choice to see all Facebook users who have reacted accordingly.

    Facebook - breakdown of reactions
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