How to View Reactions to Messages in Group Chats

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One of the best parts of iMessage is the ability to react to people's messages. But when you're in a group chat, it can be difficult to keep up with who reacted to what. Luckily, it's super simple to figure out. Here's how to see who reacted to your message and what they reacted to.

Why You'll Love This Tip:

  • Never get confused about who reacted to your text.
  • Find out what reactions any text received with a tap.

How to View iMessage Reactions on iPhone

System Requirements

This tip was performed on an iPhone 12 running iOS 17.3 or later. Learn how to update to the latest iOS.

Have you wondered what it means when your text is emphasized or what that question mark at the top of your text means? These are reactions, and there's a simple way to find out who in the group chat reacted to a message. If you like learning about your iPhone, sign up for our free Tip of the Day!

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  1. In the Messages app, tap the group message.

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  2. Find the message with a few reactions and tap the reactions.

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  3. You will see the contacts that reacted and their reactions listed at the top.

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  4. If there are multiple contacts making the same reaction, tap the reaction again to see the names.

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  5. Tap anywhere on the screen to exit back to the message.

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And that's how you view reactions to a message on iPhone!

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Author Details

Rachel Needell

Rachel Needell is a Feature Writer at iPhone Life, and a poet and author. With 10-plus years of experience working with Apple devices, she specializes in all-things iPad and is a Notes App expert, having worked on both the 2023 iPad Guide and the Notes App Guide. You can usually find her writing in the Daily Tip newsletter as one of our senior Tip writers. Rachel received her Master’s degree in English Literature in 2021 and her most recent work appears in the Winter ’21 edition of New Note Poetry. When she’s not obsessing about Apple products, you can find her voraciously reading fantasy books with her cat in Asheville, North Carolina.