A recent bug in Google Messages has left some Android users without the inline “Reply” option in notifications. This glitch compels users to tap the notification, redirecting them to the Messages app for responses, causing inconvenience, especially when engaged in activities like watching fullscreen videos.
Thankfully, this issue seems isolated, with the majority of users still enjoying access to essential options like “Mark as read,” “Reply,” and “Remind 1 hr.”
The emergence of this bug is relatively recent, primarily affecting Pixel device owners who have reported the problem within the last week. Unlike some recent feature removals that went unacknowledged, this issue is likely a bug rather than a deliberate change, as inline message replies are a fundamental feature that would seem odd to eliminate. Currently, the problem appears to impact only a small number of users.
For those grappling with the missing “Reply” button in Google Messages notifications, one potential solution is to join the beta version of the app. While not guaranteed, this step might help some users regain the lost functionality.
As of now, Google has not issued an official statement addressing this bug or providing potential solutions. Users are advised to stay vigilant for any updates or announcements related to this issue within Google Messages.