Customize default replies on your Apple Watch and sound human again

Default Replies AppleWatch
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Your Apple Watch offers the ability to customize suggested responses and allows you to send messages that are more you than a soulless digital interface. In this quick tutorial, we show you how to create creative and effective Apple Watch auto-replies.

If you have a feeling that communication should be more human than just sending a curt "yes," "no," or "okay," then you can use really basic features on your Apple Watch to change that. Yes, quick responses are really effective, but that doesn't mean you can't customize them to make things more your style.

The Default Messages function of the Apple Watch lets you create automatic replies to quickly answer SMS and even emails. Unfortunately, this does not work for all apps, but only for those installed on the Apple Watch. That is, apps such as WhatsApp (only mirrored on the Apple Watch) do not offer this function, but only the suggested replies by default.

Screenshots on Apple Watch showing how to reply messages
Via Apple Watch, you can send messages via voice, text or custom default messages. / © NextPit

How to create a custom reply to Messages on Apple Watch

On the Watch SE, Apple allows you to send custom messages that contain text, images, emojis, Memoji stickers, and even audio clips. In selected regions, you can also send money via Apple Pay and even your location via the Messages app. To edit or create custom default messages, simply use the following steps:

  1. Launch the Watch app on your iPhone.
  2. In the My Watch tab, navigate to the Messages app.
  3. Select Default Replies.
  4. Select the Add Reply option.
  5. Type your personalized reply, then select Done.
Apple Watch
In the Watch app, you can set your own default messages and leave the robotic conversation aside. / © NextPit

Your Apple Watch is a great tool for communication and offers a number of customization options to make everyday life a little lighter. To that end, make the most of this tool by using features such as customizing the default messages. At the end of the day, technology is here to make our lives simpler, but this doesn't mean that we have to sacrifice our humanity, right?

Below are some tips from us for getting the best out of your Apple Watch:

Do you use standard Apple Watch messaging or do you prefer to reply to people using other devices like the iPhone or MacBook?

Camila Rinaldi

Camila Rinaldi

With over 10 years of reviewing smartphones and wearables, I recently became addicted to smart home gadgets. Even though I dove into the Apple ecosystem two years back, Android remains as one of my passions. Previously editor-in-chief of AndroidPIT and Canaltech in Brazil, I now write for the US market. I love my records and I believe that the best way to get to know a place is through its food. I’m (still) on Twitter (@apequenarinaldi)!

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