Can I direct message another Substack writer or reader with Chat?

Substack Chat is available on the web and the Substack app.

At this time, private messages on Chat aren't available. 

If you're a writer and have Chat enabled on your publication, you can start a thread for just your paid subscribers or a thread with all your subscribers. 

Threads that are for paid subscribers will appear blurred for free subscribers.


If free subscribers try to access a paid thread, the app will let them know that it's only for paid subscribers. They'll be shown a link where they can manage their subscriptions on their Substack account and upgrade to a paid subscription.

You can also try reader participation on Chat where you can select which type of reader can initiate and start a conversation on your publication's Chat.

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