Let your friends and family know when you are too busy to answer a text (iOS)

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iOS 11 introduced a new feature called “Do not disturb while driving.” It’s a pretty cool feature that turns off notifications while you are driving. If someone texts you during that time, your phone automatically sends them a message that tells them that you’re driving and you’ll respond as soon as you get to your destination.

Because you can customize the message that this feature sends and you can control when it’s turned off or on, you can also use this feature to automatically reply to people when you’re too busy to get to the phone.

Let’s say you’re taking a nap. You could simply turn on do not disturb and you won’t be bothered with notifications while you sleep. If you don’t want your friends and family to think that you’re ignoring them, you can tweak the “Do not disturb while driving” feature so it will send them a message.

Start by going to Settings > Do not disturb

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Set it to activate “Manually” (this will allow you to switch it off and on)

Decide if you want it to send an auto-reply to everyone, your recents or just those on your favorites list.

Now touch “Auto-Reply”

You might want to copy and paste this message into a note or something so you can get it back later

Now type in the message that you want it to send

Now turn on the “do not disturb” switch

Turn the switch back off whenever you are finished doing what you were doing

If you want an easier way to turn the feature off or on, you can put it in your control center. Just go to Settings > Control Center > Customize Controls and add it. Now when you swipe up from the bottom of your screen, you have a button to turn this feature off or on.

To make this feature even more useful, you can write out a few auto-replies in your notes app (or add them to the Text Expander app) for easy copying and pasting.