How to Automatically Reply to Text Messages on iPhone

No country or jurisdiction recommends texting or making calls while driving. This is fatal, and to help, your iPhone has a handy feature called Do Not Disturb While Driving. What’s even better is that you can set up an answering machine on your iPhone when you’re in Do Not Disturb mode. This will automatically reply to incoming texts. Let’s dive in and find out how to do this.

How to send an autoresponder to text messages on iOS 14 and earlier

  1. Open iPhone settings.
  2. Then click “Do Not Disturb”.
  3. Tap Activate and select one from Automatically when connected to car Bluetooth manually.
  4. Now go back and hit “Autoresponder”.
    You can select several or all contacts according to your preference.
  5. Go back, click “Autoresponder” and edit the message you want to send.

That’s all! Each time the selected contact sends you a Do Not Disturb text message while driving, they will receive this auto reply text message.

If you choose Manual for Activate, you can turn this mode on and off as you like. To quickly enable this mode, you can access the shortcut from the Control Center. Read along.

Add Do Not Disturb While Driving shortcut to iPhone Control Center

  1. Open Settings and click Control Center.
  2. Tap Customize Controls.
  3. Tap the green + icon next to Do Not Disturb While Driving.
  4. Click <Back in the upper left corner.
  5. Now open the Control Center and you will see the car icon. Tap it to enable this mode.

How to Send Auto-Text in iOS 15 on iPhone

In iOS 15, Do Not Disturb is part of the Focus. So use this method to set auto-reply on text messages if you are using iOS 15.

  1. Open iPhone settings.
  2. Now click “Focus”.
  3. Then tap Focus Status and turn on the answering machine.
  4. Tap Do Not Disturb and make sure Share Focus is turned on.

Additional information: You can also use this trick to turn on answering machines not only while driving, but even when you are on vacation or just unplug for a while. Make sure you enter your own vacation text.

Your contacts will now be sent an autoresponder if you are too busy to send text messages and do not disturb mode is enabled on your iPhone.

Hopefully this quick guide to setting up an autoresponder for text messages on iPhone made your life a little easier. Do you have any questions about the topic?


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