How can I participate in a Chat?

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

Once a writer starts a thread, you can participate by tapping on the Chat icon on the Substack app or on the web. Substacks you subscribe to will appear showing the most recent threads.

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Tap on a thread to start interacting with the writer and other readers. You can reply to any thread with text and/or an image as well as react to other readers' replies.

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You can also tap on another reader's message to react or to leave a reply.

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How am I notified about Chat?

You can select which Chat push notifications to receive on the Substack app.

  • New threads: When a writer you're subscribed to starts a new Chat thread.
  • Replies: When other readers leave a reply in a Chat thread.
  • Reactions: When readers emoji-react to your reply.

To turn on or turn off Chat notifications, follow these steps:

1. Tap your profile picture and select Settings. In the Settings menu, tap Notifications.

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2. On your Notifications, make sure that the toggles are on the left for each item listed in the Chat section. You will not receive any push notifications about Chat.

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Who can see my replies?

Any subscriber of the publication will be able to see your reply in a Thread. If they react to your message, you'll see a notification in your Activity section (click on the bell in the top right corner of the Substack app).

Tip: Don't see a thread? Check to see if you're on the latest version of the Substack app and check your profile picture to see if the publication is listed in your subscription library.

Can I start a thread?

If the writer has enabled reader participation for their publication's Chat, you'll be able to start a conversation with other subscribers.

Click on "Start a New Thread". If you don't see this button on the web or on the Substack app, it's possible the writer has disabled the reader participation feature.

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