Set up auto reply text for iPhone

April 26, 2020

Many motorists admit texting and driving is as dangerous as drinking and driving. It takes 5 seconds to read a text message but even a longer time for it to respond. So, the length of time spent looking at the screen is roughly the same as the length of the time your eyes are off the road. This is a very risky affair and can cost lives! The easiest way to avoid this behavior is to set up auto reply text for iPhone.

Focus Mode iPhone

How to enable auto reply text for iPhone?

With rapid advances in technology and the adoption of Smartphones, texting and driving have now replaced drinking and driving as the leading cause of death among teenage drivers. To control this behavior you can enable auto reply text for iPhone. Here's how it's done!

  1. Go to the Settings app.
  2. Choose Focus option.
  3. Scroll down to Driving.
  4. Enable the Driving mode.
  5. Under Options, tap on Auto-reply.
  6. Select the desired option.
  7. Type a short description.
  8. Exit Settings.

The simple idea of an auto-reply to text messages offers a quite liberating experience. Especially, when it comes to constant nagging urge to check or reply to messages and calls instantly.

How do you set up auto reply text messages?

Unlock your iPhone and go to the ‘Settings’ app.

Focus Mode iPhone
Focus Mode iPhone

Under Settings, scroll down to the Focus heading (the one with the crescent-shaped moon).

Driving Mode iPhone
Driving Mode iPhone

When seen, tap it to go to the Driving mode. Enable the Driving mode by sliding the toggle to the On position.

iPhone Auto Reply Text
iPhone Auto Reply Text

Then, under the Options section, tap on Auto-reply text.

Auto Reply Text iPhone
Auto Reply Text iPhone

Under DO NOT DISTURB WHILE DRIVING, tap 'Activate'. By default, the options provided are,

  • No One
  • Recents
  • Favorites
  • All Contacts.

Avoid using the first option as it serves no purpose.

Edit the text in the box and enter an auto-reply text message sample for a business, meeting, or whatever you like.

It’s advisable to keep your auto-reply to text message brief. Here are a few auto-reply text message examples,

  • Sorry, I am unavailable right now.
  • I will reply to your message, once I am back home.

You can also turn On the Driving Focus mode automatically, manually, or when connected to a car Bluetooth. To do so, simply choose the desired option by tapping While Driving heading under the Driving screen.

That’s all there is to it!

Once you are done with the above procedure, your iPhone auto-reply text message feature will be enabled for specific numbers.

Hope it makes sense!


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