How to reply to someone’s WhatsApp text without opening the app

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This post shows how to reply to someone’s WhatsApp text without opening the app.

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There are over 2 billion WhatsApp users worldwide — businessofapps.

WhatsApp lets users send text and voice messages, make voice and video calls, and share images, documents, user locations, and other content.

WhatsApp runs on iOS, Android, and can be accessed on PCs. The service needs a telephone number to sign up.

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How to reply to someone’s WhatsApp text without opening the app

I regularly use WhatsApp. How regular? I open the app at least once each hour from the time I wake up to the time I go to sleep. Such regularity might be perceived as an addiction by some. But WhatsApp was created to be used.

Anyways, there are some chats that are too dragging. You reply to someone praying for them not to reply back but they do.

Or, you might not want to open the WhatsApp app because there is someone who is waiting for you to get back online, but you do not want to get online, not for now. And then someone else sends you a text, that you urgently need to reply to. But you do not want to go online or open the WhatsApp app to reply to that text.

There is a way you can reply to someone’s WhatsApp text without opening the app. Here is how to do it on Android:

a) Firstly, someone has to first send you a WhatsApp text. Usually, whenever you receive a WhatsApp text, you receive a notification in the notifications panel.

b) Pull down the notifications panel to fully see the received WhatsApp text. Tap on REPLY, on the left on MARK AS READ.

c) Then, type what you would like to type and hit send. The chat will be updated with your recent message added to the bottom of the notifications panel.

NOTE: With this method, the receiving party will not see you are online. Though they will be receiving messages from you. Each time they receive a message, a double tick will be applied to their most recent message showing that it has been read. But your last seen will be the last time you opened that WhatsApp app. How cool is that!


Replying to people’s texts without opening the WhatsApp app is convenient at times. There are some devices that provide suggestions for some messages in the notification bar. Just hit the suggestion and send the text. It does not get any easier than that.

Now you can take it on and apply it from now onwards.