How to Create Custom Text Message Replies on the Apple Watch

You can create custom Apple Watch responses to make replying to texts easier and less time-consuming.

Isn't the whole point of an Apple Watch to make communication simpler and more accessible? That was the idea behind Default Replies and Smart Replies on Apple Watch, but too often you just can't find the right reply, or you use one so often that you'd rather have it handy each time you text someone back. We’ll show you how to create custom message responses on your Apple Watch for just such occasions.

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How to Create Custom Text Message Replies on Your Apple Watch

Your watch comes with a whole host of pre-programmed responses, called Apple Watch Default Replies. You can delete replies you don't like or won't use, and you can create custom text message replies if you use certain phrases or hard-to-dictate names frequently, and would rather not have to type them out each time you respond to a text.

Here's how to create custom message replies in the Watch app:

  1. Open the Watch app.
  2. Scroll down and tap on Messages.

    Open the Watch app to create custom Apple Watch default repliesScroll down and tap on Messages
  3. Tap on Default Replies.
  4. While you're here, it's a good idea to make sure the Smart Replies Apple Watch feature is toggled on. This will tailor your suggested replies to your conversation, making it even easier to text back.

    Tap on Default RepliesMake sure Smart Replies is toggled on
  5. Scroll down if necessary, and tap on Add reply.
  6. Type in the custom message you'd like to add, then tap Done.

    Tap Add reply to create a custom messageType your custom message and tap Done
  7. If you'd like to, you can also remove unwanted Default Replies by tapping Edit in the upper-right corner.

    To remove Apple Watch Default Replies, tap Edit in the upper-right corner
  8. Tap the red minus icon next to the reply you'd like to remove, then confirm by tapping Delete.

    Tap on the minus icon next to the default reply you want to deleteConfirm by tapping Delete

It's simple to set up custom text message responses on your Apple Watch, and it'll make a world of difference when replying to texts on the go. If you enjoyed this tip and want to see more tips for Apple Watch and other Apple devices, I recommend signing up for our free Tip of the Day newsletter. We'll deliver one-minute tips to help you master your Apple gadgets.

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Erin MacPherson

Erin Smith is a Web Editor for iPhone Life and has been a writer, editor, and researcher for many years. She has a degree in communication with an emphasis on psychology and communication, and has spent many of her professional years as a coach in various business and specialty fields. Erin officially joined the ranks of iPhone and Apple users everywhere around nine years ago, and has since enjoyed the unique and customized feel of Apple technology and its many gadgets. When she’s not working, Erin and her son enjoy outdoor adventures, camping, and spending time with their eclectic collection of pets.