How to auto-reply to text messages on iPhone

How to auto-reply to text messages on iPhone

No country or jurisdiction recommends texting or calling while you drive. It 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 auto-reply on your iPhone whenever you are in DND mode. This will automatically respond to incoming texts. Let’s dig in and learn how to do it.

How to send an auto-reply to text messages on iOS 14 and earlier

  1. Open iPhone Settings.
  2. Next, tap Do Not Disturb.

    Open Settings and Tap on Do Not Disturb on iPhone
  3. Tap Activate and choose one from Automatically, When Connected to Car Bluetooth, Manually.

    Tap on Activate and Set Preferred Option
  4. Now, go back and tap Auto-Reply To.
    You can select a few or All Contacts as per your preference. 

    Tap on Auto-Reply To and Select All Contacts on iPhone
  5. Go back and tap Auto-Reply and edit the message you want to send.

    Set Up Auto Reply to Text Messages on iPhone While Driving

That’s it! Whenever the selected contact texts you during DND while driving mode, they will receive this auto-reply text message.

If you select Manually for Activate, you can enable and disable this mode according to your choice. To enable this mode quickly, you can access the shortcut from the Control Center. Read along.

Add Do Not Disturb While Driving shortcut to the iPhone Control Center

  1. Open Settings and tap Control Center.
  2. Tap Customize Controls.

    Open Settings Tap on Control Center and Tap on Customize Controls
  3. Tap the green + icon beside Do Not Disturb While Driving.
  4. Hit <Back at the top left.

    Add Do Not Disturb While Driving in Control Center on iPhone and Then Tap on Back
  5. Now open Control Center, and you will see a car icon. Tap it to enable this mode.

    Add Do Not Disturb While Driving Shortcut to Control Center on iPhone

How to send auto-text in iOS 15 on iPhone

With iOS 15, Do Not Disturb became a part of Focus. So use this method to set auto-reply on text messages if you are on iOS 15.

  1. Open iPhone Settings.
  2. Now, tap Focus.
  3. Next, tap Focus Status and enable Auto-Reply.

    turn on auto reply iphone ios 15
  4. Tap Do Not Disturb, and make sure Share Focus Status is enabled.


Extra info: You can also use this trick to enable auto-replies not only while driving but even when you are on vacation or merely unplugging for some time. Make sure you enter your custom vacation text.

Now your contacts will be sent an auto-reply if you’re too busy to text, and have DND enabled on your iPhone.

I hope this quick guide on setting auto-reply to text messages on iPhone made your life a little easier. Have any related queries? Share in the comments below.

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  1. Is there away to auto reply to anyone that texts? Not necessarily just contacts or favorites. I see “recent” as an option. How far back in the all log does this go?

    1. You can choose among one of the four options: No One, Recents, Favorites, and All Contacts. There is no option to reply to unknown contacts automatically.

      And as far as all recent call log goes, in my iPhone, it seems to have a record of the last 15 days.

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