How to Direct Reply in Android N

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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. Here’s how to Direct Reply in Android N. (Also see how to Direct Reply in Android Lollipop and Marshmallow.)

Directly replying to a notification couldn’t be simpler, although 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.

Learn how to get Android N today. Plus, learn how to split screen in Android N.

How to Direct Reply in Android N

• Wait for a notification of a new message 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 directly below the notification

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