WhatsApp for iOS gets 'Reply Privately' for group chats and 3D Touch for Status

No more trouble of getting out of the group and then searching for the concerned person's chat.


Last year in November, the beta version of WhatsApp got a new feature called 'Reply Privately' for group chats. The feature has now been released for iPhone users.

It enables a user to privately reply to a particular message sent only to a specific person in a separate chat box.

It was earlier reported that the feature is going to come to Android first, but that hasn't yet happened.

WhatsApp for iOS gets Reply Privately for group chats and 3D Touch for Status

"Reply Privately" feature on WhatsApp on iOS. Image: tech2

With this new feature, other users on the group are unable to view the private message. In simple words, it's like a private chat that can be accessed in a group.

How does it help? It saves users the trouble of getting out of the group and then searching for the concerned person's chat and then replying to the message.

According to WaBetaInfo, the feature is available for Android users in version 2.18.335 of the beta app, but the version apparently has bugs, which makes the app crash frequently. The source advised users to wait till the next beta version comes up i.e 2.18.336/337.

Besides this feature, the WhatsApp for iOS also has 3D touch for status. In the status tab, a user will be able to use 3D Touch to preview a contact's status.

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