Reply to Messages From Lockscreen on iPhone iOS15

Did you know that you can respond to messages from the iPhone’s Lock Screen or Notification Centre? iOS 15 enables you to reply to texts without having to launch the app. Previously, if you swipe left over a notification, it displays ‘View’ and ‘Clear.’ Apple has changed this actions to ‘Options’ and ‘Clear’ on iOS 15.


iOS 15: How to Reply to Messages from the Lock Screen



1.To access your Lock Screen, press the Side button or enable the ‘Tap to Wake’ or ‘Raise to Wake’ to wake iPhone


2. Long-press the text you wish to reply to. This will expand the message to reply to text messages from Lock Screen in iOS 15 on iPhone


3. You can now type your reply


4. Press send

reply to messages on iPhone Lock Screen


5. You can return to the lock screen, by tapping on the space outside the message preview.

You may also reply to WhatsApp messages from the lock screen following the above steps.


NOTE: If you’re having trouble replying to messages from the Lock Screen, try the methods below.


For iPhone X or later


  • Go to Settings > Face ID & Passcode. Toggle on the “Reply with Message” option under the “Allow access when locked” column.


unable to reply to a message from Lock Screen on iOS

For iPhone 8 or older


  • Go to Settings > Touch ID & Passcode > Allow Access When Locked. Then select Reply with Message from the drop-down menu.


Reply to messages from the notification centre on iPhones


You can also reply to messages from the notification centre. In order to do so,


1. Open the Notification Center by swiping down from the top-left corner of your screen while your iPhone is unlocked.


2. Locate the text or message to which you need to answer.


3. To preview the message, press and hold it for a long time


how to reply to WhatsApp messages from Notification bar on iPhone

4. Tap the Send button after typing your response


how to reply to WhatsApp messages on iPhone lock screen


Similarly, you may reply to WhatsApp messages from your iPhone’s notification bar.