The Complete Guide to FaceTime Reaction Gestures

Been FaceTiming with my younger daughter Jordyn recently and were messing around with this new feature which is known as “FaceTime Gestures”. We were playing with the few different ones that Jorydn knew how to do, so I asked her to ask my older daughter Jaeda if there were any more, aside from the hearts and thumbs up ones. She knew of a few, since she’s a smart teenager, but it got me thinking, there must be more.Β  So here you have it, the complete guide to FaceTime reaction gestures, dedicated to my two beautiful daughters, but to help all of you!

In iOS 17 and iPadOS 17, Apple has introduced a fun new feature to FaceTime that allows you to trigger visual effects using physical hand gestures. This article will guide you through everything you need to know about these new reaction gestures, how to use them, and how to disable them if necessary. Whether you’re looking to add a bit of flair to your video calls or simply want to master the latest features, this guide has got you covered.

FaceTime Reaction Effects Overview

When you’re on a FaceTime video call on an iPhone running iOS 17 or an iPad running iPadOS 17, you can now trigger on-screen effects like ❀️ hearts, 🎈 balloons, πŸŽ‰ confetti, πŸŽ† fireworks, and more. These effects flood the display over the FaceTime window and can be triggered by either:

    • Long pressing your picture in FaceTime to bring up a menu of reaction options.

    • Using physical gestures in view of the camera and away from your face for a hands-free experience.

New FaceTime Reactions on iPhone and iPad

Apple has introduced eight new reaction effects that you can perform on a FaceTime video call. These effects include:

    1. Love – Show your affection with a ❀️ heart emoji.

    1. Like – Indicate approval with a πŸ‘ thumbs-up emoji.

    1. Dislike – Express disapproval with a πŸ‘Ž thumbs-down emoji.

    1. Balloons – Add a celebratory touch with 🎈 balloons.

    1. Stormy rain – Create a dramatic atmosphere with 🌧️ rain effect.

    1. Confetti – Celebrate special moments with πŸŽ‰ confetti.

    1. Laser beams – Add a futuristic flair with πŸ”« laser beams.

    1. Fireworks – Light up your screen with spectacular πŸŽ† fireworks.

Gestures to Trigger Reactions

Here are the physical gestures that you can perform to trigger these effects:

    • Heart shape using both hands – Triggers the ❀️ heart emoji.

    • Thumbs up – Triggers the πŸ‘ thumbs-up emoji.

    • Two thumbs up – Triggers πŸŽ† fireworks.

    • Single thumbs down – Triggers the πŸ‘Ž thumbs-down emoji.

    • Two thumbs down – Triggers a 🌧️ rain shower.

    • Victory/peace sign with one hand – Triggers 🎈 balloons.

    • Victory/peace sign with two hands – Triggers πŸŽ‰ confetti.

    • “Rock on” sign (🀘) on both hands – Triggers πŸ”« laser beams.

Disabling FaceTime Reactions

FaceTime reaction effects are great fun when chatting with friends and family, but there may be certain occasions when you don’t want to be accidentally triggering reactions, such as when you’re on a work call or during a virtual appointment with your therapist. Fortunately, disabling these reactions is straightforward.

On iPhone or iPad:

    1. Open FaceTime on your device.

    1. Swipe down from the top-right corner to invoke Control Center (or swipe up from the bottom on devices with Touch ID).

    1. Tap the Effects button in the top-left corner.

    1. Tap the Reactions button so it is no longer illuminated.

    1. Swipe up twice to return to FaceTime.

On Mac:

    1. Click the Reactions button in the FaceTime menu bar dropdown so it is no longer illuminated.

FaceTime Reactions on Mac

If you’re using a Mac with Apple silicon running macOS Sonoma, the FaceTime effects work just the same, and fill your video frame with a 3D effect expressing how you feel.

How to Access FaceTime Reactions on Mac:

    1. Open FaceTime on your Mac.

    1. Initiate a video call.

    1. Use the FaceTime menu bar dropdown to access the reaction effects.

    1. Click the Reactions button to manually trigger the desired effect.

Disabling FaceTime Reactions on Mac:

To disable reactions on your Mac, simply click the Reactions button in the FaceTime menu bar dropdown so that it is no longer illuminated.

MacReview verdict

With iOS 17 and iPadOS 17, Apple has made FaceTime more interactive and engaging by introducing reaction gestures. Whether you want to express your emotions with a simple hand gesture or add a bit of fun to your calls with visual effects, these new features are sure to enhance your FaceTime experience. Remember, you can always disable these reactions when you need a more professional setting. Stay up-to-date with the latest features and enjoy your FaceTime calls like never before!

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