Shocking WhatsApp update

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The shock update was announced today by Mark Zuckerberg, who runs Meta, Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp.

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WhatsApp added emoji reactions earlier this year, but limited them strictly to six preselected emoji.

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These were: Like, Love, Laugh, Shocked, Teary Eye, and Pray (or high five...).

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Now you'll be able to access the full emoji keyboard for WhatsApp reactions.

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"We're rolling out the ability to use any emoji as a reaction on WhatsApp," said Zuckerberg in a Facebook post.

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The feature is being rolled out right now, so you should see it on WhatsApp very soon.

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Look for a new plus icon in the reaction options to use any emoji.

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Make sure you're using the latest version of WhatsApp.

If you still don't see it, don't panic: it could take a little while for it to arrive on your phone.

The feature isn't a total surprise: it's been in testing for a few weeks now.

But it's unusual for a feature to so quickly make it onto the live app.