What is WhatsApp Quick Reply and how to disable it

In the sea of instant messengers, there’s probably one name that stands out. The WhatsApp instant messenger is by far the most popular app in the Play Store. Since the Facebook acquisition, this multiplatform service had various improvements while the core stayed the same. One of the additions was the Quick Reply option which allows users to receive the full content of a message in the background.

That way, you can reply in a matter of seconds and move on with whatever you were doing. However, when it comes to privacy, this feature isn’t exactly the most prying-eyes-proof addition.

Everyone can see or even interact with the messages without unlocking the device. Since Android Lolipop, users have had a hard time configuring the notifications to allow the sound (even see the senders name), but hide the content.

All things considered, Android Oreo made a breakthrough by allowing basically all messaging apps to provide you with Quick Reply. This native feature completely negates any value the native Quick Reply in WhatsApp.  In addition, it limits third-party apps in meddling with the lock screen. You can tweak it in the Notification settings menu.

How to disable Quick Reply

That’s probably the reason why the Quick Reply pop-up, which is solely a part of WhatsApp, is nowadays disabled by default. But, if you have enabled it for some reason and want it disabled, follow these steps to do it:

  1. Open WhatsApp.
  2. Tap on the 3-dot menu and open Settings.
  3. Choose Notifications.
  4. Under the Popup, notification select “No popup”. Do the same for Group notifications.

If you, on the other hand, want to apply a more strict approach, open Settings > Apps & notifications > All apps. Select WhatsApp from the list. Once there, open App notifications. After that, follow these steps to restrict popups on the Lockscreen.

  1. Under Chats, tap on Group notifications. Watch out not to toggle it off.
  2. Scroll down and, under the Advanced section, expand On the lock screen.
  3. Now, here choose to hide sensitive notifications content.
  4. Get back and do the same for Message notifications.

After that, you can be sure that no WhatsApp popups will appear. If you have anything else to add or take, be so nice to do so in the comments section below.

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