One of the great new features in Android N is Direct Reply, which lets you reply to messages from a notification without opening the app. Here's how to Direct Reply in Android N. (Also see how to Direct Reply in Android Lollipop and Marshmallow.)

Directly replying to a notification couldn't be simpler, although it doesn't work with all apps. For example, if you hit Reply on a Gmail message notification Android N will open Gmail for you to draft your message. Below we've used Hangouts, though other messaging apps should also be supported.

Learn how to get Android N today. Plus, learn how to split screen in Android N.

How to Direct Reply in Android N

• Wait for a notification of a new message to come in

• Drag down from the top of the screen to view the notification

• Rather than tapping on the notification to open the associated app, tap Reply directly below the notification

Direct Reply Android N

• A green bar will appear below with the words 'Send message'. Tap this to bring up the onscreen keyboard

Direct Reply Android N

• When you're happy with your message, tap the triangle icon to send, all without ever opening the app

Direct Reply Android N

Another new feature to do with the way notifications are handled in Android N is the ability to set preferences for notifications from individual apps, direct from the notification bar. Also see: Android N UK release date, new feature and name rumours

Android N notifications

When a new notification arrives, simply tap and hold it to bring up options relevant to that app: Show notifications silently; block all notifications; and Don't silence or block. Make your choice and tap Finished.

The new Nexus 5 and Nexus 6 for 2016 will be the first devices to run the final version of Android N in Q3 of this year.

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