Custom Auto-responders for Calls You Can't Take

Sometimes, you're just too busy to take that phone call, and sometimes, it's just not a call you want to take at that particular moment (for whatever reason). iOS 8 has a really cool feature that allows you to auto-respond to an incoming call by sending a text message back to the caller.

While these pre-canned messages are pretty useful, I will be the first to admit that they don't accurately reflect my personality. I just don't talk that way to people. As a result, the caller feels like it's a cold, canned response. Even though we all know it is, there is a more effective way to use this feature. Here's a simple tip that allows you to customize these auto-response messages with language that you would use in every day conversation, making them sound more like you.

First, let's take a look at what the pre-canned messages look like. When a call comes in, you can access these messages by tapping on the "Message" button, then choosing a message to use.


To customize your messages, we'll go to Settings > Phone > Respond with Text. At this point, your screen will look like this:


All you need to do now is compose your own customized messages. The next time you get a phone call that you can't take, try using one of your new custom auto-responders instead!

Posted on June 10, 2015 and filed under How To, iOS, iPhone.