How to Quote a Message and Reply Privately on WhatsApp

In this post, you’ll see the steps to reply on WhatsApp and send a private message in a group chat.

I use Windows 11 PC, iPhone X, and Google Pixel 4a (Android 12). Let’s start.

Quote a WhatsApp Message (Android Phone or iPhone)

The Reply feature lets you quote WhatsApp messages. Please see the steps to use this feature.

Here are the steps to reply to a specific message:

  1. Open the WhatsApp Messenger app.
  2. Open a contact or group chat you want.
  3. Long press text you wish to quote. It can be yours or someone else’s. Remember not only text, but you can also quote media.
  4. On your iPhone, choose the “Reply” option from the menu. If you’re using an Android device, you’ll see a menu at the top and select “Reply” next to the Star icon.
  5. Please type in your response and send it.

That’s it.

Here’s an alternate method: You can reply to a particular message by swiping it to the right. The rest are the same as above.

Note that a tap on quoted message will take you to the message you’ve quoted.

Here are two questions and their answers: 

  • How to cancel quoted message before sending it? Tap X in quoted message preview, and that’s it.
  • How to quote a part of a WhatsApp message? There is no option for that.

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Quote a Message on WhatsApp Web

Open conversation and hover over the message you’d like to quote. It can be yours or someone else’s. Please click on the down arrow.

You can now view “Reply.” Click on it. Please type your response and send it.

That’s all.

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Quote a Message on WhatsApp Desktop App

Here are the steps:

Open the WhatsApp Desktop app and chat you want. Hover over the message you would like to quote.

It can be yours or someone else’s. Hit the Down arrow and select “Reply” above “Forward message.”

Type your reply in compose box and click on Send icon.

That’s it.

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How to Send a Private Message in WhatsApp Group Chat

You can reply privately to a specific message on WhatsApp group chat, and here’s how to do it on Android or iPhone:

  1. Open the group chat on the WhatsApp app.
  2. Long press message for which you want to reply.
  3. Tap three vertical dots at the top-right if you’re on Android. Hit More if you’re on an iPhone.
  4. You’ll notice the option “Reply privately.” Select it.
  5. Type your message in compose box and tap the “Send” icon.

That’s all.

Here are steps to reply to message in group chat privately on WhatsApp Web or Desktop app:

Open group chat. Please hover over the message you like and click the down arrow.

You can now view “Reply privately.” Click on it. Please type in your response and send it.

That’s all.

I hope this guide, “How to Quote a Message and Reply Privately on WhatsApp,” is helpful to you.

Thanks for reading.

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