If can be tough, if not nearly impossible, to respond to every text message or iMessage throughout the day. This is especially true if you’ve got a lot of friends and a busy schedule. Fortunately, a newly released jailbreak tweak called iAutoReply by iOS developer MeBlackHat is here to help our friends know that their messages aren’t falling on deaf ears.

Just as the tweak’s name implies, iAutoReply offers many flexible features for users who might want to configure automatic replies for text messages or iMessages that they can’t reply to right away. Not only can iAutoReply be configured for global message responses, but it can also be configured to reply to certain contacts in a different way.

In the screenshot examples above, you’ll bear witness to the bevy of options that iAutoReply brings to the table. In the primary preference pane, users can toggle the tweak on or off on demand and choose between configuring automatic replies for all contacts or individualized automatic replies for certain contacts or both.

In the Global Reply preference pane, users can:

  • Toggle global automatic replies on or off
  • Enter a standardized reply that will be sent when you can’t respond to your messages
  • Use word matching to reply to certain messages that contain certain words differently

In the Selectable Contacts preference pane, users can select individual contacts and configure nearly the same options for each individual contact.

One thing worth noting right off the bat is that iAutoReply will send messages on your behalf in response to those that you can’t immediately respond to, but it won’t mark those messages as read. That said, you can still go back later and see all the messages you missed as well as how others may have responded to your automatic message.

So how would you use a tweak like this? One example might be setting up an away reply if you plan to be away from your iPhone for a while. In another instance, you may want to let someone know that you’re viewing their messages, but don’t have the capacity to reply right away. There are other uses for the tweak too, but you’ll just have to be creative to discern the best use cases for you.

If you’re interested in trying iAutoReply, then you can purchase the tweak for $2.39 from the Twickd repository via your favorite package manager. The tweak supports jailbroken iOS 12 and 13 devices and only supports Apple’s Messages app.

Do you plan to use iAutoReply to automatically respond to your incoming messages? Let us know in the comments section below.