How to get Facebook's new reactions buttons if you don't see them yet

By Kirstin Buick
26 February 2016

Don't be disappointed if you don't see the new reactions immediately -- there are a few tricks you can try.

Finally! After months of build-up, Facebook has rolled out their new reactions buttons -- and they've just come to SA.

But the roll-out process doesn't happen all at once. Some users have had the tool for days now, others might not be able to see it yet.

If you don't see the options in your Newsfeed yet, here are a few tricks you can try.

Read more: ‘Reactions’ are coming to Facebook!

On desktop computers, simply hover over the old faithful Like button, and the new options (Love, Haha, Wow, Angry and Sad) should appear. You can only use one reaction per post, and as of now, you can only "react" to posts, photos and videos and not specific comments on posts as you could with the Like button.

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Once you start using reactions, you will be able to see the top three reactions each post has received. Hovering over them will reveal a list of people who have "Haha-ed", "Wow-ed" or "Angry-ed" your post, for example.

If using a smartphone, you may need to completely close the app and reopen it for reactions to become available.

In some cases, Mashable reports,  you'll need to hit Like first  for a little tutorial for reactions to appear. You'll be able to use them after that.

If this doesn't work, check to see if your Facebook needs updating.

Read more: Facebook ISN’T making a ‘dislike’ button – they’re giving us something better

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