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How to use Messages mentions and inline responses

iOS 14 messages app
iOS 14 messages app (Image credit: Bryan M. Wolfe / iMore)

Messages mentions and inline responses are part of iOS and iPadOS, respectively. Here's a look at how these tools work and why they're helpful.

Using Messages mentions

To use mentions on the best iPhones or best iPad on iOS 15/iPadOS 15:

  1. Tap on the Messages app on your Home screen.
  2. Choose the appropriate group chat.
  3. Type your message as usual.
  4. Include @person to create a mention. For example, if Jay is a member of your group, type "@jay."
  5. Tap the up arrow to send the message.

To use mentions, tap the Messages app, choose the appropriate group chat, then type your message as usual. Include @person to create a mention. Tap the up arrow to send the message (Image credit: iMore)

For mentions to work, you must type out the name as it's listed in Messages. Successful mentions are highlighted in the group chat.

Setting up alerts for Messages mentions

By default, you'll receive alerts anytime someone mentions your name in Messages, even if you turn off notifications for the Messages app overall. To change this setting:

  1. Tap the Settings app on your device.
  2. Choose Messages.
  3. Toggle off Notify Me under Mentions.

To change the settings for mentions alerts, tap Settings, then choose Messages, Toggle Notify Me on/off. (Image credit: iMore)

Using inline replies with Messages mentions

To use inline replies in iOS/iPadOS:

  1. Tap on the Messages app on your Home screen.
  2. Choose the appropriate group chat.
  3. Push on the specific message to which you'd like to reply.
  4. Choose Reply.

To use inline replies, tap on the Messages app, choose the appropriate group chat, then push on the specific message. Choose replay (Image credit: iMore)

You'll see inline replies to the specific message noted with the word Reply. Tap on this to view additional comments for the particular message.

That's it! You can now use mentions and inline replies in group chats!

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Apple tends to improve Messages with each iOS/iPadOS release. Group chat is one of the best to have arrived in recent years.

Bryan M Wolfe
Staff Writer

Bryan M. Wolfe has written about technology for over a decade on various websites, including TechRadar, AppAdvice, and many more. Before this, he worked in the technology field across different industries, including healthcare and education. He’s currently iMore’s lead on all things Mac and macOS, although he also loves covering iPhone, iPad, and Apple Watch. Bryan enjoys watching his favorite sports teams, traveling, and driving around his teenage daughter to her latest stage show, audition, or school event in his spare time. He also keeps busy walking his black and white cocker spaniel, Izzy, and trying new coffees and liquid grapes.