How to Laugh at a Text by Using iPhone Message Reactions

You've probably seen iPhone message reactions; they're the little icons that appear beside a text in an iMessages thread. If you've wondered how to like a text message or if you've asked yourself, "how do you laugh at a text," this quick tip will help you out. Message reactions are a fast, fun way to respond to a text or to add visual flair to a conversation. Here's how to add iPhone message reactions to a text conversation.

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How to Like a Text Message

  1. Open the message from a friend.
  2. Long press the message bubble with the text you want to react to.
  3. Available reactions include a heart, haha, question mark, thumbs up, and thumbs down.
  4. Tap the reaction you want to use.

  5. Your reaction will appear on the corner of the message bubble.

​​Your friend will see get a notification that you reacted to their message, and they'll see the icon in the message thread as well. Now, you can laugh, like, and love a text quickly. There are lots of fun Messages tricks to try, like adding an image or using a Memoji sticker. Happy texting!

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Conner Carey's writing can be found at She is currently writing a book, creating lots of content, and writing poetry via @conpoet on Instagram. She lives in an RV full-time with her mom, Jan and dog, Jodi as they slow-travel around the country.