Are you ever annoyed by the presence of the “return” key in the Messages app? Yes, sometimes it’s nice to be able to quickly insert line breaks in messages by means of this key, but it’s usually a rare need, and as such, some find such a key to be unnecessary.

Instead, wouldn’t it be cool if you could replace the return key with a send button? That’s the premise behind a beta tweak called ReturnToSender.

Once you install ReturnToSender, you can configure its preferences from the stock Settings app. There, you’ll find a kill-switch, and several additional switches for tweak customization.

ReturnToSender Preferences

The Only in Quick Reply switch makes it so that ReturnToSender only takes effect when in the quick reply interface. If you turn this option off, then ReturnToSender will work within the full Messages app as well.


There are also two switches for retaining the original button style and text style. You can keep the send functionality, but make the tweak more stealth, by keeping stock button text and styling.

Although ReturnToSender isn’t available on the default Cydia repos, you can easily add the source to Cydia and download it free of charge today. The Cydia source that you’ll need to add is as follows:

While the tweak is technically in beta, I’ve been testing it out for the last day and haven’t encountered any issues. I’ve opted to only use it within the quick reply interface, since there’s already a send button available not too far above the keyboard within the Messages app.

What do you think about ReturnToSender? Is its functionality something that you’ve been clamoring for?

  • This is perfect for those who tend to accidentally dismiss the quick reply!

    • Robert Venegas

      You should check out NoTouchCancelReply

      • Chang in Charge

        Thx for this! Downloaded both and that got a rid of two things I find incredibly annoying but forgot about. If there was an option to bring back return when you shift the keys that would make this perfect.

  • Elias

    Wish there was 3rd party keyboard support :/

  • Bjørn

    I actually use the return key a lot, so perhaps for a future update a double tap on the return key would send, for us that uses the return key often.

    • Varun Soi

      Perfect imagination!

    • al7oot

      share your thoughts with the developer.

  • Gabriel Anaya

    This is perfect in conjunction with quick reply

  • Gavin

    Would be annoying to accidentally press the SEND button while typing since it’s next to the SPACE.

  • Not somebody that is usually all that much into minor tweaks like this, but this one is getting a huge HELL YEAH from me! Hate the default method. Constantly hitting the “return” intending it to send the message, only to have a stupid line-break inserted.

  • Ara Rezaee

    Elvis is that you?

  • Sinicure

    Worst idea ever having it right below the backspace. Perhaps I need to learn to type a bit more accurate but for me I would be sending half texts that make no sense.

  • Utrarunner5

    This is seriously one of the most functional tweaks. Not just awesome. Simple. To the point and doesn’t have way to many features.

  • You people must send short texts. At least half of my messages have two or more paragraphs.

  • Ruben

    isn’t working for whatsapp:(

  • john f

    This is a wicked recommendation. I use the return key alot in the stock message app, BUT i constantly dismiss the quick reply after i’ve composed a message, I am enabling this only for quicky reply, I wasn’t going to download it until I saw that feature