Wearable Tech

How to set custom text replies on the Apple Watch

Instead of using the replies Apple provides, create your own.

Responding to a text on Apple Watch: preselected responses, emoji or dictation. Sarah Tew/CNET

Being able to quickly reply to a message from your Apple Watch is a big part of its appeal. Currently, you have the option of sending a voice-note, a dictated message (transcribed by Siri) pr using one of the pre-defined replies provided by Apple. The list of replies houses six different responses, albeit generic ones. With a few seconds of your time, you can overwrite Apple's default replies with your own. Here's how:

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Custom replies, FTW! Screenshot by Jason Cipriani/CNET
  • Launch the Apple Watch app on your iPhone.
  • Scroll down and tap on Messages from the list of apps.
  • At the bottom of the screen is an option titled Default Replies -- tap on it.
  • Replace any responses you have no need for, with a custom reply of your choosing.

The next time you reply to, or compose a new message your custom messages will available as an option.