How to Custom Auto-Reply to Texts While Driving on Your iPhone Running iOS 11

Posted in How To, iOS, iPhone on 19/10/2017 by Chris Hauk

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We shared awhile back how to set your iPhone to automatically turn on Do Not Disturb when you’re driving your car. Now, let’s take a look at how to customize the text message you can use to auto-reply to contacts that attempt to text you while you’re behind the wheel.

How to Custom Auto-Reply to Texts While Driving on Your iPhone Running iOS 11

1.) Open the “Settings” app on your iPhone running iOS 11.

How to Custom Auto-Reply to Texts While Driving on Your iPhone Running iOS 11

2.) Tap the “Do Not Disturb” menu option.

3.) On the “Do Not Disturb” screen, look for the “Do Not Disturb While Driving” section.

4.) Tap the “Auto-Reply To” menu item.

How to Custom Auto-Reply to Texts While Driving on Your iPhone Running iOS 11

5.) Here, you opt to send auto replies to: “No One,” “Recent calls,” “Favorites,” or “All Contacts.” Tap which group you’d like to auto-reply to.

6.) Tap in the upper-left hand corner to return to the “Do Not Disturb” menu.

How to Custom Auto-Reply to Texts While Driving on Your iPhone Running iOS 11

7.) Tap the “Auto-Reply” menu item.

8.) On this screen you can customize your auto-reply message that will be sent to callers while you’re driving. (Be polite.)

That’s all it takes! Now when someone texts you while you’re cruising down the road, they’ll receive a polite (or not so polite, I guess it’s totally your call), reply explaining why you haven’t picked up the call.

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Chris Hauk

MacTrast Senior Editor, and self-described "magnificent bastard," Chris Hauk owns Phoenix Rising Services and writes for everyone's favorite "bad movie" website, Big Bad Drive-In.

His first Apple product was an iPod Classic 9 years ago, and he has since added a MacBook Pro, a number of iPads, iPhones, and multiple Apple TVs to his collection.

He lives somewhere in the deep Southern part of America. Yes, he has to pump in both sunshine and the Internet.