How to Auto-Reply to Texts on iPhone While You’re Driving

What does Do Not Disturb While Driving mean on your iPhone? It means that with this "car mode" feature turned on, your iPhone won’t receive notifications while you’re driving so you don’t get distracted. You can turn off Do Not Disturb if you're a passenger and would like to use your iPhone. Your iPhone's driving mode also allows you to turn on and customize an Auto-Reply message that’s sent to whomever is texting you when you’re driving. Here’s how to set up an auto-reply message to texts while you’re driving .

Related: How to Let Emergency Contacts Reach You When Do Not Disturb Is Turned On

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We covered how to turn on Do Not Disturb while Driving in this tip. Here, we’ll show you how to customize an auto-reply that will automatically be sent to the person texting you while you’re driving. You can also customize who in your contacts will receive the auto-reply. Here’s how.

How to Auto-Reply to Texts While You’re Driving on iPhone

  • Open Settings.
  • Select Do Not Disturb.
  • Under Do Not Disturb While Driving, tap Auto-Reply To.

  • Here, you can choose to send auto-replies to No One, Recent contacts, Favorite contacts, or All Contacts. Select the one you prefer. Then go back.

  • Now select Auto-Reply. Here you can customize what your auto-reply message will say.

That’s it! When Do Not Disturb While Driving is turned on, the contacts you selected will automatically receive the message you customized if they try to reach you via text.

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