How to Set Out-of-Office Auto Reply Message on iPhone for Calls and Messages

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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.

iPhone DND Vacation Reply Text

To set this iPhone auto-reply message, go ahead to;

  1. iPhone Settings
  2. Scroll down for Do Not Disturb
  3. Tap on Auto-Reply
  4. Fill out the vacation text message you want.
  5. 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.

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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”.

iPhone DND Allow Calls

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.

iPhone DND Activation Modes

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.

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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.

iPhone DND Mode Activate

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.

iPhone Vacation Reply MessageWe 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.

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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.

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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.

iPhone Do Not Disturb

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.

Do Not Disturb Auto Message

To set up Do Not Disturb on iPhone, go ahead to;

  1. iPhone Settings
  2. Tap on Do Not Disturb
  3. Scroll for “DO NOT DISTURB WHILE DRIVING” section.
  4. Tap on Activate
  5. 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.

Related: How to Add Recurring Events to iPhone Calendar?

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.

33 COMMENTS

  1. Will this work if the phone is off or in airplane mode? I’m leaving the country and I can almost guarantee someone is going to text me and then get really mad even though I told them I was leaving.

  2. So far it only works for texts, and both my customized reply and the URGENT (annoying) language is sent back with every auto-text. Phone calls are NOT answered unless I let my routine vm pick it up, which I will. If I turn off the phone, it does not work (which would be great if it did, like an auto-email) and if I turn my phone off and on, I must RE-SET the DND. Still better than nothing. I have a 7plus

  3. So I thought I had a solution, but when I tested, I realized I don’t have access to my phone at all unless I turn off DND. UGH! Defeats the purpose. Is till want access to my maps, apps, safari and social media while on vacation.

  4. I am having trouble getting this to work. I am wondering if it not working because I have iMessage activated on two computers? Does anyone know if that effects it

  5. Auto (I mean auto not manual sms send out) sms reply does not work for incoming calls only for messages. I see this issue is getting ignored though pointed out several times. Has anyone cracked this one?

  6. When you turn on the DND mode from Control Panel does the auto-reply go to ALL incoming messages and calls or only to those saved in your Contacts? Apple reps have given contradictory answers to this.

  7. Great article but I have two issues: everytime I use my phone I must say I am not driving, then remember to turn back on manual mode so DND turns on again… and the Urgent message distracts from my auto-reply encouraging customers to book appointments online… Any way to turn off the Urgent message? I haven’t found anyone at Apple that seems to know how to fix either of the above.

  8. Yes, the given procedure to auto reply text in iPhone is absolutely correct and nicely explained here which is very clearly understandable by the viewers.

  9. Much appreciated and I followed these instructions to the detail…still need more help with this as it is designed only for “while driving” mode. If I’m not driving, do I have auto-reply to text options?

  10. It’s funny, because when I turn off driving mode on my work iphone and look at the test messages coming in from my personal Samsung, it shows that the iPhone is sending the auto-replies, but I am not getting them on the Samsung??

  11. I have followed these steps on my work iPhone. I have driving mode set to manual and to apply to “allow calls from no one”. DND is on manual and I have turned on driving mode (which automatically turns on DND) in the Control Center. But when I send a test message from my Samsung personal phone, I am not getting the auto-reply.

  12. HI. I need help. Auto reply works at me only for text messages. If anyone calls me auto reply doesnt work. Any suggestions? Thanks. Joco

  13. Doesn’t work when phone is off or out of range, does it? I’m a small business owner but I am often driving in out of range areas and will be traveling for a week with no signal most of the time. Considering leaving my phone plugged in at home just so it can send the auto replies. Still no fix though for the hours spent outside sms land every week.

  14. So LAME that this is tied to driving mode in iOS. Apple should have the option without needing to be in driving mode or as someone else asked, if I am in AIrplane mode.

      • I have tried this on 3 Iphones, 2 are 8s, and it only works while driving. So DND is on, turned on manually. Scheduled is set to off. Silence “always”, allow calls from, no one. Activate is set to manually, auto reply to all contacts. It will not work unless the person is driving. What am I doing incorrectly?

  15. does this work when you turn your phone off entirely? like if i set up an auto-reply to texts and then turn my phone off, will people get that response? i am about to travel internationally & would love to have this set up for when i’m off the grid & my phone is off.

  16. This works fine but I notice it also adds after your auto-responder at the bottom an option for them to reply “urgent” to ensure I receive notifications which seems damn pointless if you ask me. Is there a way to switch that off because it seems to be counter-intuitive to setting the auto-responder that you’re not there or on leave? Thanks Trace

  17. Figured it out: only works when set in driving mode, and driving mode works if you are actually driving or not 🙂 Until then, this will work until they come up with a better solution. Thank you!!

  18. THANK YOU!!!!!! As a small business owner, I have struggled with any out of office time, weekends, and after hours. Clients seem to text more often than email these days, and there hasn’t been a way to inform them with “out of office reply”. This article helps me tremendously! Also, there should be more built into our phones for texting like email: read, mark as unread, and prioritize contacts of different rows or colors indicating favorites, contacts, and non-contacts (pesky customers who bombard you afterhours).

      • Actually, it isn’t working other than when I am driving. I’ve contacted AT&T, and Apple today. It won’t just set as an auto reply whenever it is needed. I have clients texting me right now after hours and it is so stressful when I am trying to decompress and get away from the work day at night. Do you have any tips?? HELP!!

        • You have to manually turn on DND mode from Control Panel. The iPhone will start to send the auto-reply to incoming messages and calls.

          • Mine is not working at all.
            DND- ON
            Allow Calls from- No One
            Auto Reply to- All Contacts

            Tested to/from 2 iPhones (1 personal/1 work phone) and neither of them receive the designated Auto Reply Text. What am I doing wrong?

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