How to Set Up Auto Reply Messages


Most people have their cell phones on them at all times, but there are a lot of situations in which you simply cannot answer like when you’re driving down the highway, bungee jumping off a bridge or trying to avoid a lecture from a pesky mother-in-law. Instead of simply ignoring the call and having to deal with frustrated friends and family members, try sending an autoreply text message. Most phones now support this ability including Android 4.0 and higher, Windows 8 and higher and iPhone 4 and higher. While all three come with pre-programmed dull auto responses like “I’ll call you back” or “Please text me” you can also create your own auto responses with a little more flair. Here’s how:


  1. Open the phone app (the dialpad)
  2. Click the Settings (may be the menu button or a series of dots)
  3. Tap General Settings or Other Settings
  4. Tap Quick Responses
  5. Select the response you wish to edit, and type your message
  6. Hit ok


  1. Go to Settings
  2. Click Phone
  3. Under the Calls section, click Respond with Text
  4. Select the response you wish to edit and type your message
  5. Hit ok

Windows Phone

  1. Go to Applications
  2. Click Phone
  3. Select Edit Replies
  4. Click the response you wish to edit and type your message
  5. Hit ok
As a note, each device is going to be a little bit different, but I did check all of these out on various phones, and they are all basically the same. Most devices only allow for four auto responses, so choose wisely. Keep in mind that you will also have the option of entering a custom message when you decline a call, should you feel the need to explain in detail why you’re too busy to talk.]]>

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