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How to Quote Messages in WhatsApp

A new feature in WhatsApp allows you to bring more visual clarity to your chats. Quoting messages in WhatsApp is easily done and makes it easy to see what you meant or what you’re referring to, for all involved in the WhatsApp chat. The feature works both in group chats and individual chats. Here’s how to quote messages in WhatsApp.

Prerequisites: You will need the most recent version of WhatsApp. You can check for updates by opening the App Store app and navigating to the Updates tab. Make sure that no further updates are available for WhatsApp, so you’ll be on the newest version which includes the quote feature.

WhatsApp is rolling out the feature

By the way, even when using the most recent WhatsApp client on your iPhone, it might be possible that the feature has not arrived in your region yet. WhatsApp is using what is called a phased rollout schedule. This means that you might have to wait until the block-quote replies are available.

Using block-quotes/quotes in WhatsApp

When replying to a message in a fast conversation with lots of individual messages, things can get a little confusing. To reply in a manner that is readable for the other party or parties and keep things visually organized, try the new quote or block-quote feature WhatsApp has integrated in the latest version of the app. As explained above, this also works for group chats.

Press and hold the message you would like to reply to and select Reply from the context menu, so that your answer or question will contain a full quote of the message in question.

Then enter your reply as you would with any message. Note how the quoted message is shown in a separate preview above the text input field. Send it off when ready by tapping the Send button. Your final message will contain the context of your reply in a small box above the actual message.

By tapping the block-quote or quote inside the new message, members of the conversation can automatically scroll up to the part of the discussion that was references. This helps making convoluted chats much more manageable.

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