How to Setup Automatic Text Message Replies on iPhone

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On the iPhone, there is no native way to automate text message answers in iOS. You won’t find any third-party apps to aid you with this on the App Store, either.

However, there will be times when you do not wish to respond to communications. You may then use this workaround to send text replies automatically using the iPhone’s Do Not Disturb function.

Below, you’ll learn what you can do to set up automatic text replies with Do Not Disturb on your iPhone.

Automatic Text Reply Workaround: Use Do Not Disturb While Driving

Incoming calls, SMS alerts, and app notifications are all blocked by the Do Not Disturb feature on iOS. It can be manually activated or scheduled to activate on a schedule. You may find instructions for setting up Do Not Disturb on iOS here.

However, we shall employ a feature called Do Not Disturb While Driving in this scenario.

Do Not Disturb While Driving can also respond to messages with an automatic text reply. The default message reads:

“I’m driving with Do Not Disturb While Driving turned on. I’ll see your message when I get where I’m going.”

You can customize that to anything you want, and you also don’t have to be driving to use Do Not Disturb While Driving. Sounds perfect, right? But there are a couple of caveats that you must keep in mind:

  • The receiver also gets a secondary message with instructions that he or she can use to override Do Not Disturb While Driving.
  • Do Not Disturb While Driving also activates Do Not Disturb. Depending on your Do Not Disturb settings, you may not receive incoming calls or app notifications when it’s active.

Set Up Automatic Text Reply With Do Not Disturb While Driving

Go to Settings > Do Not Disturb and scroll down to the Do Not Disturb While Driving section. 

You should see three options. You must configure each of them to work the way you want.

Do Not Disturb While Driving – Activate

Set up Do Not Disturb While Driving so you may activate it manually if you wish to send automated text replies while you are not driving. To do so, press the Activate button. Select Manually from the list of alternatives that appear.

Do Not Disturb While Driving – Auto-Reply To

You must continue by selecting whom you want your iPhone to reply to automatically. Select Auto-Reply and pick between Recents, Favorites, and All Contacts.

Note: If you select Recents, your iPhone will auto-reply to anyone you’ve messaged to within the previous 48 hours.

Do Not Disturb While Driving – Auto-Reply

The default Do Not Disturb While Driving response can be changed. Select Auto-Reply, then update or replace the message. You may make it as descriptive as you like, and you can even include emojis to liven it up!

How to Add Do Not Disturb While Driving to Control Center

The Do Not Disturb While Driving control within the Control Center is the quickest way to activate it manually. However, you won’t find it there unless you add it to the Control Center first.

1. Open the Settings app on your iPhone and select Control Center.

2. Scroll down to the More Controls section and add Do Not Disturb While Driving.

3. Use the handle next to Do Not Disturb While Driving to drag the control up or down the list. The Control Center will place it in the same position.

How to Send Automatic Replies With Do Not Disturb While Driving

You’re now ready to use the iPhone to send automatic responses. Swipe down from the top-right corner of the screen to bring up the Control Center. Instead, double-click the Home button on an iPhone with Touch ID. Then, to enable the feature, tap the car-shaped Do Not Disturb While Driving control.

With Do Not Disturb, you can avoid being disturbed. When you’re driving, your iPhone automatically responds to text messages with an automated response. You won’t get any Lock screen notifications, but you can check them out at any time by opening up the iPhone’s Notification Center.

As illustrated in the screenshot below, your iPhone will send you another message. You’ll continue to receive notifications for following messages if the receiver replies with the text urgent.

Bring up the Feature Center again and disable the Do Not Disturb While Driving control to turn off automatic text replies. Do Not Disturb should be automatically disabled as a result of this.

Now That’s a Nifty Workaround

Automatic responses with Do Not Disturb While Driving isn’t ideal, but they should suffice for now. In future iOS versions, Apple should perhaps provide a dedicated automatic text response option.


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