How to Respond to Calls with a quick Text message on your iPhone

I wish I could set an availability status for my phone, just the way I do with my instant messaging apps to let people know whether I’m busy or free to chat. Inevitably, I’ll get at least one call a day that I can’t take immediately, and I try not to keep people waiting when they need to get a hold of me. Thankfully, iOS has a neat feature that lets you respond to such calls via quick customisable text messages. Here’s how to use it.

  • The next time you get a call you can’t pick up, simply tap the Message button above the green answer button.
  • You can then select a template message to send automatically to the caller with just a tap.
Tap the Message button to quickly send a text reponse
Tap the Message button to quickly send a text reponse
  • If you’d like to customise these messages, pop into Settings > Phone > Respond with Text, and you’ll find three templates that you can edit.
  • Fill in these fields with your own custom messages and you’ll be able to use them next time you get a call you can’t take. For example, if you often get calls while driving, you can set a message to say, ‘Sorry I can’t chat right now as I’m on the road – will call you back soon.’
Customise your text messages responses
Customise your text messages responses

With this handy feature, you won’t have to worry about coming off as rude the next time you skip a call, whether you’re driving or attending a meeting.