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At long last, iOS is allowing app makers to implement text replies in notifications, a feature Apple used to reserve exclusively for its Messages app.

Twitter was the first App Store app to gain this great time-saver of a feature. On iOS 9.1, WhatsApp for iPhone now supports a handy text field for quickly replying to incoming messages without leaving the app you’re currently using.

This feature requires an iPhone with iOS 9.1 or later.

If you don’t see Quick Replies in WhatsApp, consider updating your iPhone to iOS 9.1. As commenters pointed out, Quick Reply has been available in the previous WhatsApp build on iOS 9.1 betas.

How to reply to WhatsApp messages from notifications

To directly respond to a WhatsApp message from its notification, pull down on the notification banner after it shows up briefly at the screen top. This will reveal a hidden text entry field. Now simply type your reply, hit Send and continue right where you left off in another app.

To reply from the Lock screen, just swipe a WhatsApp notification from right to left to reveal the blue Reply button. Tap it to jump to the notification banner where you can type your response. You will need to unlock your iPhone first if it’s protected with a passcode.

In the same vein, swipe to the left over a WhatsApp notification within iOS’s Notification Center to bring up the keyboard, just like that.

Availability

WhatsApp requires an iPhone with iOS 6.0 or later and a mobile phone number. The app is localized in English, Arabic, Bokmål, Norwegian, Catalan, Croatian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Hebrew, Hungarian, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Malay, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Simplified Chinese, Slovak, Spanish, Swedish, Thai, Traditional Chinese, Turkish, Ukrainian and Vietnamese.

Grab WhatsApp for free in the App Store.

Note: This post was updated to reflect the fact that quick-replying from WhatsApp notifications requires iOS 9.1. An earlier version of the story incorrectly stated that it’s a staggered release slowly rolling out to everyone.

Thanks, Sumit and Nail!

  • InfinitePlusOne

    Ye it’s been as soon as iOS 9.1

  • Ziad Hussein

    It only work on ios 9.1.

  • Kshitij Kumar

    I thought everyone knew!

  • Wilber Alexander Flores

    Lol it’s not rolling out its been out on the last update as long as you’re on 9.1 🙂

  • :D

    What’s the best jb tweak for this on iOS 9?

    • WAQuickReply Enabler

      • Scoep

        does QRC for WA work on iOS 9?

      • Eyal Rotem

        no , and that’s a shame, ’cause it has so many features this doesn’t…

        although i love built in support for such things.

  • Sander Holten

    Quickreply even works on the watch without installing an app or any set up…

  • Boing

    When I reply the message/reply DOESN’T appear in the chat! Anyone else experience the same??

    • Eyal Rotem

      this means it hasn’t been sent at all. i think.

      sometimes it happens, seems that it’s not 100% working… always reply with care =]

      • Boing

        Well, I tried twice at two different occasions and I tapped and didn’t miss the “Send” button. This should be a bug, right??

      • Anmol Malhotra

        working fine for me. iOS 9.1, iPhone 6.

      • Eyal Rotem

        as i said, in some case, it looks like it’s sending it,
        but just doesn’t, not even an indication the message is “lost”.
        and that sucks

      • Boing

        Ok. I mailed their support about this. Not sure if they’ll reply, but it seems a bug. Hm.

      • Eyal Rotem

        pls let me know if they answer you =]

      • Boing

        Is this actually an official release of Quick reply since it was out for 9.1 but never for 9.0?

    •  һȗṃɞєяṭȏ яȏṃȏ ن ️

      Yes. It is happening to me also EVERYTIME I reply it wont show on the chat. Also it shows Reply on Apple Watch but same result does not sends the reply.

    • Rahul312

      I think it needs background refresh of whatsapp to be turned on, I think so not sure although you can try that and let us know about it.

    • Fernando

      Yea, I experience the same from time to time as well. You’re not alone 🙂

  • ravinigga

    Hey did Apple removed profiles in settings to trust apps? Can’t download emulators or others stuff anymore

    • Alejandro Delgado

      of course they did, check your profiles, they aren’t trusted now 😐

  • tom

    I don’t want to have previews of messages on Lock Screen, but I want to see previews notiffication banner while using other app. If I turn message previews on, i see it even on Lock screen, If I turn it off – i wont see the preview in notification banner – I can quick reply, but what’s the point, if I can not see to what am I replying…
    Any ideas to solve this??? Thanks

    • Swanny246

      How do you expect quick reply to work if previews aren’t enabled? You can’t use one without the other.

      It’s the same with iOS Messages, if previews are disabled then you can’t quick reply.

      • tom

        Actually, correct me if I am wrong, iOS Messages (with disabled previews in settings) works perfectly – preview is shown only when i choose to quick reply, not sooner.
        That means no previews on lock screen an you can still reply the message while working in other app.
        Maybe whatsapp coders shoul learn from this (if possible…).

  • Alejandro Delgado

    Telegram had this first 🙂 but i guess nobody uses it because WhatsApp it’s “better”

  • johnsm

    still cant reply from banner notifications… fail

    • Nerd_ema

      this bug still on 9.2

  • Sujit Kumar Swain

    When I open the quick reply from locked screen then Keyboard does not appear, Help !!

  • Emma

    It worked on my iPhone 6 but not on my iPhone 7. It just lets you “clear” but not “reply”. Does anyone know why this is? Been through all settings and it’s driving me crazy