Android Advisor

Direct Reply in Android N

Direct Reply lets you reply to messages from a notificati­on without opening the app. Marie Brewis shows how to use it

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One of the great new features in Android N is Direct Reply, which lets you reply to messages from a notificati­on without opening the app. Although it’s easy to use, it doesn’t work with all apps. For example, if you hit Reply on a Gmail message notificati­on Android N will open Gmail for you to draft your message. Below we’ve used Hangouts, though other messaging apps should also be supported.

Wait for a notificati­on to come in. Drag down from the top of the screen to view the notificati­on. Rather than tapping on the notificati­on to open the associated app, tap Reply below the notificati­on.

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A green bar will appear below with the words ‘Send message’. Tap this to bring up the onscreen keyboard.

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When you’re happy with your message, tap the triangle icon to send, all without ever opening the app.

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Another new feature to do with the way notificati­ons are handled in Android N is the ability to set preference­s for notificati­ons from individual apps, direct from the notificati­on bar.

When a new notificati­on arrives, simply tap and hold it to bring up options relevant to that app: Show notificati­ons silently; block all notificati­ons; and Don’t silence or block. Make your choice and tap Finished.

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