Reply to specific messages on your iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch

With iOS 14 and iPadOS 14 and later, you can reply directly to a specific message and use mentions to call attention to certain messages and people.

How to reply to a specific message

  1. Open a Messages conversation.

  2. Touch and hold a message bubble, then tap the Reply buttonReply button .

  3. Type your message, then tap the Send buttonSend button.

    alt iPhone showing inline reply menu after you touch and hold a message bubble to send an inline reply

You can reply to a specific message in conversations with one person and in groups.

How to use mentions

  1. Open a Messages conversation.

  2. Type a contact's name, then tap the name when it appears. Or type @ followed by their name.

    iPhone showing how to send a mention in a text message. Type @ followed by their name.

Depending on your contact's settings, a mention can notify them even if they've muted the conversation. To change this notification setting, go to Settings > Messages, then turn Notify Me on or off.

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