FaceTime Reaction: iOS 17 introduces a new feature to FaceTime, allowing users to express reactions similar to those found in Messages. These reactions, however, are not based on written words but are triggered by physical gestures.
While engaged in a FaceTime video call on an iPhone running iOS 17, you can now add on-screen effects like hearts, balloons, confetti, and even fireworks to your conversations. These effects will overlay the FaceTime window, bringing a playful and emotional dimension to your chats.
You can activate these layered screen effects in two ways. One option is to access a reaction menu by long-pressing your own image during the FaceTime call, offering a range of reaction choices. Alternatively, you can use physical gestures to trigger these reactions hands-free.
For example, a thumbs-up gesture will convey a “Like” reaction, while two thumbs-ups will result in a lively fireworks display. Conversely, a thumbs-down gesture signifies a “dislike,” and two thumbs-downs will create a simulated rain shower effect. These intuitive gestures provide a creative and interactive means of expressing yourself during FaceTime conversations in iOS 17.
New FaceTime Reactions
There are eight reactions you can perform on a FaceTime video call. They include:
- Stormy rain
- Laser beams
Gestures to Trigger Reactions
And here are the physical gestures that you can perform to trigger the effects:
- Heart – Heart emoji
- Thumbs up – Thumbs up emoji
- Two thumbs up – Fireworks
- Single thumbs down – Thumbs down emoji
- Two thumbs down – Cloud
- Peace sign with one hand – Balloons
- Peace sign with two hands – Confetti
- “Rock on” sign with two hands – Laser
These reactions work by default in FaceTime, and third-party apps can adopt the effects as well.