iOS 8.3 Quick Reply 001

Apple today released the iOS 8.3 software update for the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. The software contains dozens of fixes and brings out a handful of feature enhancements related to Messages, Siri, the much enhanced emoji keyboard and more. Oddly, a subtle change to how Quick Reply and Notification Center handle messages with previews disabled aren’t mentioned in release notes.

That’s something I was alerted to by Twitter user @ericcamazin. Without a doubt, you’ll find these changes much welcomed.

According to tweets, Quick Reply now shows an image attached to a message — even if the Message Preview feature has been disabled in Settings. As a bonus, you can now reply from the Notification Center even with previews disabled.

I went on and tested this on my iPad Air and iPhone 6 Plus. First up, I flipped the Show Preview switch to OFF in Settings > Notifications > Messages.

iOS 8.3 Messages Show Previews OFF

With that off my back, I sent test messages to myself (both texts and iMessages, for those wondering). One simply said “Test” and the other had an image attached to it.

Responding to a message from Notification Center

When a message comes in, you can now swipe to the left in the Notification Center when the device is unlocked, revealing the handy Reply option.

iOS 8.3 Quick Reply Notification Center 001

This was possible before, but not with message previews disabled. It never made sense to me because message privacy shouldn’t affect the ability to reply when the device is unlocked. That being said, I for one am glad Apple’s made the change and tweaked the feature’s behavior in iOS 8.3.

Checking out attached media from Notification Center/Quick Reply

In prior iOS versions, pulling down on the banner notification did reveal message contents, but without showing any images attached to it unless message previews were enabled.

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This behavior has been tweaked in iOS 8.3.

As show above, when a message containing one or more images comes in, you’re now able to see attached media in Quick Reply. In iOS 8.2 and earlier, you had to disable message previews in Settings for it to work.

How do you like these feature enhancements in iOS 8.3?

Source: Twitter

  • I’ve noticed if you get a message, you open up quick reply and start typing, then dismiss quick reply, when you open that conversation in the messages app, the text you typed is there! 🙂

    • Miguel Acevedo

      I am in 8.1.2 and it happens on my iOS version

      • Ah, I never had 8.1.2, went straight from 8.1 to 8.3 beta 3 and hadn’t noticed it before.

      • Ibrahim Aygun

        I am in 8.1.2 and it doesn’t happen on my iphone.

      • No it doesn’t, unless message previews are enabled in Settings

      • Robert Adams

        That usually only happens when you tap the banner with stuff typed. It never stood if i dismissed it and went into the messaging app.

  • Rupinder

    I hate when I use quick reply and tape a little bit below send. It makes it look like the message was sent, but it really just closes quick reply.

    • mike

      If you’re jailbroken, there’s a tweak called “NoTouchCancelReply” that makes the area in between the QR and keyboard non-responsive.

    • Michael

      I read your comment and tried to press below send and no matter where I pressed in the grey area, it didn’t go away in 8.3

      • Rupinder

        I noticed, thanks!

  • William Melendez

    So did anyone lose their jailbreak to this new update ? I had to upgrade regardless and lose my upgrade because I’m buying an Apple ⌚️ , I might as well get used to a stock iPhone and not my modified iPhone with all my favorite tweaks

    • Marcus

      There is no public jailbreak available for iOS 8.2 or iOS 8.3.

      • William Melendez

        I know there isn’t . That’s why I said I need to get used to a stock iPhone and without my favorite tweaks . i miss my jailbreak already

      • I plan to dump my jailbreak in another hour when I get off work. 8.3 has so many fixes it makes sense to upgrade. Not to mention your forced to once the apple watch comes out if your getting that, which I apparently am now.

  • Andrew

    Now if they would change the Return button to Send instead of reaching all the way back to the top……
    That’s why I’m still jailbroken…. and many more reasons

    • TheDude


    • Rick Hart

      What tweak is that?

  • hkgsulphate

    why whatsapp still hasn’t implemented quickreply…?

    • Robert Adams

      Apple doesn’t have an API for 3rd party apps for that feature. The most they could do is have the reply button there which when pressed opens the app.

      • Mozaik

        You are wrong its there hike message app uses it.

      • Robert Adams

        No you’re wrong. If their was such an API many apps would’ve taken advantage. Especially apps that have bothered to put a reply button in the banner. Unless this is something added in 8.3 then the most developers can do is add a reply button in the banner or lock screen that will still open up the app instead of how the stock messages app handles quick replies.

      • Dennis

        What he said ^

  • Anthony Lara

    I love how when you get a message and use the reachability feature the message doesn’t come down with the rest of the screen forcing me to stretch to the top of the screen to reply.

  • William Z. 

    “…… but without showing any images attached to it unless message previews were enabled” And “……you had to disable message previews in Settings for it to work”

    Do these two sentence contradict to each other? First one says “enable”, second says “disable”.

  • Research Rants

    God I miss BiteSMS.

  • Slowly catching up to the competition…maybe they’ll implement quick compose next. So far, still bare bone basic compared to any good text massaging app/tweak of today (eg Textra/BiteSMS).