Gmail is also getting emoji reactions

Because sometimes, emoji make the best responses.

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Gmail already has some handy Smart Replies you could use for when you're incredibly busy or when impersonal responses would do for certain emails. But what if you don't really have anything to say, and the best reply to an email is just... an emoji? Well, Google has got your back. The tech giant has launched emoji reactions for Gmail — and, yes, that means you'll be able to react to emails like you can to instant messages.

Google has started rolling out the feature to Android devices, and you'd know that you already have access to it if you see a smiley face icon at the bottom of an email when you open it on the app. You can tap on the icon to bring up a menu where you can find the emoji options to choose from. Everyone's reactions will show up right next to the icon, and some of them will come with their own short animations. If you choose the party popper, for example, prepare for digital confetti on your screen upon sending one or upon opening a message with party popper reactions. It'll be a lot less fun for people on the email chain not using Gmail, though, because they'll receive each reaction as a separate email.

While you can only access emoji reactions on Android at the moment, the feature will make its way to iOS devices and the web over the next few months.

Demonstration of Gmail's emoji reactions.
Demonstration of Gmail's emoji reactions. (Google)