The Google Messages app can now correctly display iMessage reactions like emojis. Here’s what you need to do.

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Apple’s iMessage is one of their most popular apps. Being able to send reactions to messages is a lot of fun, and it didn’t take long for Google to implement it in its own messaging app.

However, there is one problem that Android users have been facing for a long time: being able to see iPhone users’ emojis. If you encounter this problem, find out how to fix the problem and see all the reactions from your friends.

What was happening

When Google Messages added the ability to react to messages with emojis and GIFs, it was a great way to interact and have fun. However, the resulting problem was when talking to iPhone users.

When chatting with someone who used the iMessage app, for any reactions they would send, rather than appearing as an emoji, you would receive an automated text message that read “[Contact] love [message]This wasn’t satisfying for a lot of people and ended up creating a lot of confusion and clutter. But after an update to Google’s Messages app, that’s now a thing of the past.

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How to view iMessage reactions

To be able to see iMessage reactions, all you have to do is go to the Play Store and download the latest update. This is still a beta feature at the time of writing, so some users may not be able to get it. You can join the Google Messages beta program to receive updates much sooner.


Once you get the update, using the Google Messages app will be much more enjoyable to use and view, getting rid of all those automated texts.

If you click on an emoji reaction, a pop-up will appear saying “Translated from iPhone”. One thing to consider is that this update isn’t perfect. Some emojis are still not recognized and may appear as others. For example, the heart emoji sent from an iPhone will appear as a heart-eyes emoji.

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Have fun with your texts

If you had to deal with a friend who loves to react to every message, ignoring all the clutter he sends you, you can finally watch our conversations without any fear. Enjoy texting and react to your heart’s content.

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