WhatsApp users will soon be able to reply privately to individuals in group chats, rather than starting a separate conversation with the fellow chat participant.

According to WABetaInfo, the messaging service has introduced a new feature called ‘Reply Privately’ which lets users reply in a group with a message that will only be seen by the intended recipient.

Previously, users could only make a reply that would be read by all, or privately message the person they wanted to speak to.

The ‘Reply Privately’ feature allows two individual users to message each other within a group chat, whereas a private message could miss the context of the group’s larger discussion since it would take place away from the group chat.

The feature is being rolled out as part of the Android version 2.18.335 update, though it is not available for iOS and web versions yet.

However WABetaInfo also warns users not to update to the latest beta version yet, as there is a bug where the app will crash if users delete media that is in the chat.

 

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