Android 10 added the framework for OS-wide chat bubbles, a feature popularized by Facebook Messenger. The new system allows you to interact with incoming messages as if you were in the app — all without having to leave your current app. In Android 11, this feature is finally activated.
Whereas in Android 10, only a few apps supported these features (basically Android Messages and few others), in Android 11, all messaging apps support Bubbles. You need only to turn it on first. Currently, this feature recently stopped working in DP4. However, we are confident it will return in the Beta and final version.
When a notification arrives from any app in the Conversations section of your pull-down shade, swipe it to the left or right just a little bit. This will reveal a couple of buttons — tap the settings cog here. Now, choose "Priority." Once enabled, all future alerts will arrive as both a bubble and on the top of the Conversations section in the notification shade.
The icon will be overlaid on top of any app you open. Tap it, and a floating window with the conversation thread will open. Use the textbox and the tools at the bottom to reply to the message.
While the bubble icon is active, any new messages from the same conversation will appear as a popup from the chat bubble. You will still receive a notification in the notification shade.
If you turn on Bubbles in multiple apps, only the icon of the most recent message will appear on your screen. However, when you select the bubble, it will show each conversation, where you can switch to using its corresponding icon. This is also true for different conversations within the same app, which will have their own icon.
You can drag the bubble to any location on the edge of your screen. To get rid of the chat bubble, simply drag the icon to the small "x" along the bottom of your display.
Bubbles use the freeform window features added in Android 10, which means what you are actually seeing is a smaller window of the app. If you press the back arrow (or use the back button or gesture) with the bubble open, you can return to the previous page in the app, which is usually the main menu. At the time of writing, this often breaks the feature, but this could change in the future.
You can adjust which conversations create bubbles for the same app by opening Settings and choosing "Apps & notifications." Choose "See all apps" and select the app you wish to adjust. Tap "Notifications," and under "Conversations," choose the message thread you want to modify. Use the "Bubbles" toggle to turn off its chat bubbles.
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