It happens to me all of the time. Someone calls me when I can’t answer the phone for some reason. It’s not that I don’t want to talk. It’s that I can’t talk. Maybe I am interviewing someone, or maybe I’m at a show and the music is too loud. Auto-reply is my savior for situations like that. I can quickly send a text message that will let my friends and family know that I am unable to answer their call, but am able to respond through text.
You can customize up to three different auto-reply messages at a time. Whether you are in a meeting, out to dinner, or in a no cell phone zone, you can let your caller know that you can’t talk at the moment.
We’ve got a basic how-to tutorial for those new iPhone users that haven’t yet figured out that they can send a customized auto-reply. For that matter, this tutorial is for users that didn’t even know there was an auto-reply feature…
First off, let me explain to our readers who are new to the iPhone how to use auto-reply. When someone calls you, take a quick look at the screen. You will see three buttons: Answer, Decline, and a phone icon. Touch and drag the phone icon upward to see the auto-reply feature. There are three default messages that you can choose from. If you don’t like the ones Apple gave you, customize your message by following these simple instructions.
Step 1: Go to Settings > Phone > Reply with Message.
Step 2: Tap on one of the default messages.
Step 3: Type in your own message. Repeat for all three.
Step 4: Tap the “Phone” button at the top left of the screen to save the new messages.
I like customizing my auto-reply to say funny things, like “Can’t talk right now… I’m pooping,” or “Can’t talk right now… I’m practicing fire-breathing.” Of course, you should have at least one appropriate auto-reply message in case your mom or boss calls. Although, my boss would probably think it is funny. Right, Sebastien?