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How to set up auto-reply text messages when driving

An automatic reply message consists of text, usually short and concise, which is previously designed with the intention of being sent, automatically, when someone writes us to the instant messaging application where we have activated it.

This is a very common functionality in the different email services, which offer the possibility of configuring automatic responses that we can use, for example, during holidays. In this way, if it is an important email, whoever writes us will know that we will not be available until a certain date, and in the text we can indicate not only the day on which we will return to work, but also include other contact information if It is an urgent matter.

Especially when we are behind the wheel, there is no question that it is very tempting to reach out and respond to a text message every time we receive one while driving. But, in addition to being prohibited, it is a tremendously dangerous action. In the United States alone, distractions behind the wheel cause 8 deaths and 1,161 injuries per day, a large part of which are due to the use of a mobile phone.

Even a seemingly quick and swift look can be enough to get you into an accident. According to different research, a distraction tends to last around 27 minutes, which means that, even after hanging up the mobile phone or stopping using the navigation system, we are still not fully committed to the task of driving.

Not only will we put ourselves and other drivers at risk of having an accident by responding to a text message or taking any other action with the mobile phone, but we will be committing a traffic violation. To avoid this, we explain how you can configure automatic reply text messages every time you drive , so that, at least, whoever writes you knows that you cannot reply at those times.

Android Auto

It is a useful function incorporated into Android Auto, ideal for configuring automated text responses each time we connect our mobile phone to the vehicle through the corresponding connection cable.

To configure it, first of all, we must open the application, slide with the left sidebar, and choose Settings. In the Notifications section, we must click on Automatic Response. In this area we can customize the text that will appear when we automatically reply to a message.

Of course, we must make sure that we have the option Show message notifications and / or Show group message notifications selected. Otherwise, we will not know when a message arrives and we will not be able to reply automatically.

Now, when the system notifies us that a new message has arrived, we can click on the autoresponder field to send the message that we have programmed with a simple quick touch. And what’s even better: it not only works for text messages (SMS), it also works for all Android-compatible messaging applications, including Telegram or WhatsApp.

Although it is true that, at least for the moment, it is not a fully automated option (which would be preferable), it does become a slightly safer way to respond on the road when we need it.

WhatsAuto

If you regularly use WhatsApp, and the option offered by Android Auto does not convince you much, you can opt for WhatsAuto, a third-party application available for devices with Android operating system, which allows you to activate the automatic response function, so that if someone write to our WhatsApp, you will receive the text that we have configured as an automated reply.

Although this app has already configured some automatic response options by default, it offers us the possibility to write what we want.

The truth is that the use and configuration is very simple. So much so, that you only have to select the Automatic reply button, and define the Automatic Reply Text (or select the texts already preset by the developers). Then, in the ‘Contacts’ section, we can choose to whom that automatic response will be sent, either to all users, to the contact list or to certain groups. It could even be configured to send an automatic message to anyone without having saved their contact.

It is useful not only when we are behind the wheel, but at work, or simply when we cannot answer manually. Of course, keep in mind that whenever we have the function activated, the application will be in charge of sending this automatic response , so we must deactivate it when we do not want to use it.

And on an iPhone?

From the hand of iOS 11 , officially launched in 2011, many new features arrived, as well as small useful functionalities, among which is Do not disturb while driving , which offers us the possibility not only to avoid receiving calls when we are behind the wheel. , but to automatically send a short message alerting whoever writes us that we are driving.

When we activate this functionality, the text messages are muted and do not appear on the screen, and our iPhone will automatically send a response that can be personalized by default. Of course, if someone answers our automatic response with the word “Urgent”, the following messages sent by that person will be notified normally during the rest of the trip.

Notifications will also be muted, except for emergency alerts, alarms, and timers. And phone calls will only be allowed when the device is connected to a hands-free accessory or the vehicle’s Bluetooth system.

To activate it, you just have to go to Settings, then Do Not Disturb, and finally Activate. Finally, you can choose Automatically, so that the functionality will be activated when the iPhone detects that we could be driving (we can deactivate it by pressing the Do not disturb notification on the locked screen, and then, pressing I am not driving), Manually, or When connecting to Bluetooth Car.

On the other hand, to activate automatic responses , we will only have to access Settings, General and then Accessibility. Now we must enter the Audio addressing option, click on Answer automatically, enable this function, and choose after how many seconds we want the call to be answered.

From that moment on, any call we receive will be automatically answered after the indicated time.

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