WhatsApp is for sure one of the most popular messaging apps around the world with high level of privacy and security through end to end encryption. The Facebook owned messaging app keeps adding useful and interesting new features to improve experience and accessibility. WhatsApp reply option has recently got a new feature called “Reply Privately” that enable users to reply privately in WhatsApp group chats instead of replying in the group.
WhatsApp already allows users to reply to a member of a group chat individually while all of the group members would be able to see the reply but with the new WhatsApp reply feature user would be transferred to a personal chat while they are not losing the context of the group conversation. The most important part is that other users on the group will not be able to view the private reply you have sent using the WhatsApp reply privately feature.
How WhatsApp reply privately feature is helpful?
To specifically the feature is a private chat that can be accessed in a group. So it enables you to save time and avoid the trouble getting out of the group and then searching for the particular person’s chat and then replying to a message that he has sent in a particular group.
WhatsApp reply privately will also be very helpful to those who are hesitant in expressing their views in a group conversation where all the users can see, but they might still want to say what is in their minds. And finally the last functionality of this new feature is to say your ideas in groups where only the admin has the permission to post messages. While you cannot send any message in such a group with private replies you can express what is in your mind clearly.
How does WhatsApp reply option work generally?
WhatsApp reply feature allows users to respond to a particular message, in a group conversation or any particular chat through WhatsApp platform, on mobile app, desktop or web.
In case you ever want to reply a specific message you should tap and hold on a chat bubble. Tapping and holding on a specific chat will bring up a list of options. On iOS devices you will be able to see a pop up menu of options and on Android, you will see options buttons on the bar at the top of your screen. There you must tap on the Reply option. You can see a line of your targeted message which you want to reply and then a text box to type.
How to use WhatsApp Private Reply feature in groups?
If you send a reply in WhatsApp groups publically all the existing members would be able to see your reply. In the other hand when you send a private reply, only the chosen recipient that you replied his message in the group will be able to view it in a private chat screen. In order to send a WhatsApp reply privately follow the instruction below step by step.
- Updated the app.
Install the latest version of WhatsApp on your device.
- Choose a group message to reply.
In a particular group chat, tap and hold on the message you wish to privately reply to.
- Go through more options on the selected message.
On iOS devices, tap “More” option and on Android devices, open the menu by tapping the three dots icon in the top corner of the screen.
- Choose reply privately.
Tap “Reply Privately”. The reply privately option would reveal so simply tap on it.
In case you do so you will be directed to a private and encrypted chat screen between you and the user who sent the message in the group. The selected message will be there in the form of a reply thread. There you can share your idea as a private reply about the group messages.
The feature is available on the latest version of the beta app on Android by this time. However it will soon be available to all WhatsApp users all around the world through group messages.