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There is no built-in auto reply-feature in iOS to set out off office message for iPhone to auto-reply for text and calls. iOS Auto Reply is an extremely important feature that is useful when you go for a vacation or out of station for a while. However, there is a workaround to set auto-reply text on iPhone for calls and texts. This will work all the time and send iMessage auto-reply for incoming calls and messages to your iPhone.
Let us go through the step by step instructions to set out of office messages on iPhone, iCloud email to auto-reply your clients on your next vacation.
Set iMessage Auto Reply on Vacation for Texts
There is no vacation responder on iOS to auto-reply text on the iPhone. However, there is a workaround for the iPhone auto-reply while you are on vacation. We are going to use the DND mode feature to auto-reply for incoming text messages while you are on vacation. This will work perfect while you want to set auto-reply text on iPhone to reply to calls and messages automatically while you are on vacation.
To set this iPhone auto-reply message, go ahead to;
- iPhone Settings
- Scroll down for Do Not Disturb
- Tap on Auto-Reply
- Fill out the vacation text message you want.
- Select the recipient list to All Contacts.
You have options like Recents or Favorites to choose based on your choice. This section will take care of the iPhone Auto Text Reply.
Set iMessage Auto Reply on Vacation for Calls
Once you set the iMessage Auto Reply, then let us see iPhone Auto Calls Reply setting. From the same Do Not Disturb Setup screen, you can allow the calls from a specific group like “Favorites.” If you want complete freedom from calls on your vacation, you can select “No One”.
Now, make sure you take care of the additional settings for DND and turn off “Scheduled”. Make sure the phone can set on DND mode Always, otherwise you can expect some calls while the phone is not locked, may ruin your vacation.
Activate DND on Vacation to “Manually”
On the iPhone, you have the option to activate DND mode in different ways. The “Automatic Mode” and “When Connected to Car Bluetooth” will take care while driving.
But to set a vacation mode on the iPhone, it is better to select manually. This will give you more control to change the mode at any time.
Set Vacation Mode on iPhone
Now the last part is to bring up the DND mode to the Control Center where you can turn on the DND mode to make your iPhone respond back to calls and messages with an automated vacation message that you set.
Go ahead to iPhone Settings > Control Center > and include Do Not Disturb While Driving. Now you are ready to manually switch your phone to vacation mode from the control center.
When you activate this DND mode manually, it will stay there until you deactivate it. Your iPhone will respond with an automated message that you set for vacation response for every incoming call and message.
iPhone Vacation Mode in Action
We have tested this workaround by placing a sample vacation message on the iPhone DND mode Auto-Reply screen. To test, we manually turned on the iPhone DND mode from iPhone Control Center with the above settings.
We sent a message from Android phone to the iPhone number that has been already set in vacation settings. And finally, we received an auto-reply text from iPhone to the Android phone.
This workaround will take care of auto-reply messages for phone calls and messages too the iPhone. There are a lot of users are using iCloud emails on iPhone and Mac. You can set a vacation auto-reply on the iCloud email account. Let’s see how to set automatic vacation messages on iCloud email.
Set Vacation Email Reply on Vacation
If you depend on iCloud emails, you can set the vacation response right from your iCloud Email Settings. Log in to www.icloud.com and select the Mail. Once you open the mail app on the browser, click on the Settings icon from the left bottom of the sidebar.
Click on Preferences from the pop-up menu and click on the Vacation tab to continue. On the vacation tab, you have the option to set your vacation period and the automatic response.
There is no option on the iPhone Mail app to set the vacation response for emails. However, like iCloud, most of the other email providers are also offering to set an automatic vacation response including Gmail, Yahoo Mail, HotMail providers.
There are few more auto-reply text on iPhone in different modes. This includes the Automessage while driving and iPhone auto-reply for incoming calls that you can set. Let us see how to set up these auto texts on iPhone.
Auto Text Message Reply While Driving
The iPhone DND mode is supposed to use while you drive. When driving, you don’t need to divert your attention while driving and you can set Do Not Disturb while driving. There are a few options to set Auto Text while driving. You can set on the iPhone to switch automatically to DND mode while driving by detecting motion.
This auto-detection will be easy for you send and an auto-message from iPhone while driving. You can customize this auto message to use in DND mode and decide who can send this auto message while you drive. You have the option of “No One, Recents, Favorites, All Contacts” to select and send the auto message.
To set up Do Not Disturb on iPhone, go ahead to;
- iPhone Settings
- Tap on Do Not Disturb
- Scroll for “DO NOT DISTURB WHILE DRIVING” section.
- Tap on Activate
- Select Automatically or When connected to Car Bluetooth.
Customize iPhone Auto Reply Messages for Calls
iOS is offering a feature to set an autoreply for all incoming calls. Instead of simply rejecting the calls, you can send back pre-set messages while you reject it. You have an option to set three quick response message to send back while rejecting the incoming calls.
To customize “Respond with Text“ for incoming calls, go ahead to iPhone Settings > Phone > Respond with Text > Edit “Respond with Text” messages.
Set iPhone Auto Text Reply for Out Of Office
There are a few auto-reply text modes on iPhone that can be used while you drive or when you are on vacation. This vacation auto message will work both for incoming phone calls and iMessages. This workaround is capable to send a standard auto-reply text from iPhone for the scheduled interval or you can set the vacation time manually. I hope this will work for you guys to reply to your business clients while you enjoy a smartphone free vacation.