How To Use ‘Swipe to Reply’ Gesture On WhatsApp For Android Devices

WhatsApp has finally added the ‘Swipe to Reply’ gesture support to its Android app. It lets you respond to a WhatsApp message by simply swiping it to the right side. The new feature was introduced on the iOS app in June last year. The messaging platform is also said to support external sticker packs (users will be able to download external sticker packs). Read more to find How To Use ‘Swipe to Reply’ Gesture On WhatsApp For Android Devices

How To Use 'Swipe to Reply' Gesture On WhatsApp For Android Devices

The much-anticipated ‘Swipe to Reply’ feature is now coming to WhatsApp for Android. It is now available on the beta version 2.18.300 of the messaging platform. A public release is expected in the coming days.

The new feature allows you to quickly reply to a message from an available thread. It is particularly useful when replying to a message in a WhatsApp group. Previously, users had to ‘tap and hold’ a particular message and then press the ‘reply’ option from the top bar.

Also read: How To Mute WhatsApp Notifications Without Opening The App

How To Use ‘Swipe to Reply’ Gesture On WhatsApp For Android Devices

  • Download the latest WhatsApp beta on your Android device.
  • Navigate to the message you need to respond.
  • Swipe that message to the right to reply.
  • Now, the selected message will be quoted just above the text box.
  • Next, simply type your reply.

Note: To download WhatsApp beta version 2.18.300, you need to be a part of the official Google Play beta programme. However, you can download its APK file directly from APK Mirror.

Also read: WhatsApp Group Video And Voice Calling Features Available On Android Beta


Recently, WhatsApp added a new Mute button that allows users to mute chat directly from the notifications panel. The messaging platform also announced the addition of ‘Picture-in-Picture’ Mode to Android app. It will allow users to watch YouTube videos while checking the messages. The company also added WhatsApp group video and voice calling features. It allows you to chat with up to four people at the same time.

Additionally, the messaging platform is allegedly working on a proper desktop application with Microsoft. Whereas a Dark Mode twill transforms the background with a dark treatment to help reduce strain on users. WhatsApp will also allow you to add more stickers to your selection from external sticker packs. A ‘Get More Stickers’ option will let you download stickers from third-party apps via Google Play Store.

WhatsApp has been constantly adding new features throughout this year. The messaging platform has over 200 million monthly active users in India and 1.2 billion users worldwide. Recently, it rolled out ‘Forward Message Limit’ for Indian users to limit fake news and misuse of its platform. WhatsApp allowed users to forward messages for up to 20 chats. Now, message forwarding will be limited to five chats in India.

What do you think of the new ‘Swipe to Reply’ Gesture? Are you excited about the new WhatsApp update? Share your thoughts with us in the comments section below.

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