Use inline replies and mentions in Messages on your iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch

With iOS 14 and iPadOS, you can use inline replies and mentions to call attention to specific messages and people within your messages.

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

How to reply to a specific message

  1. Open a Messages conversation.
  2. Touch and hold a message bubble, then tap the Reply button .
  3. Type your message, then tap the Send button .

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

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

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.

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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