How to Create Auto Reply Message on iPhone 14 Driving Focus

This post will walk you through creating an automatic reply message to be sent to anyone who calls on your iPhone 14 while driving. Here’s how to create an auto reply message on iPhone 14 driving focus.

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Focus is one of the safety features that was originally introduced in iOS 15 and later devices including the recently rolled out iPhone 14 series. You can use focus to prevent any sort of distractions while doing activities like fitness, gaming, reading, driving and the like.

Depicted below is the actual process of configuring driving focus on an iPhone 14 to set up a preset reply to be automatically sent to whoever calls you while you're driving. 

Feel free to refer to this guide if ever you need input on how to apply this setting on your recently procured iOS device.

  1. 1. Open the iOS Settings app to begin.

    To do this, simply tap on the Gear icon from the Home screen or App Library of your iPhone 14.

  2. 2. While in the main settings menu, find Focus from the given items then tap on it to continue.

    The Focus menu opens next.

  3. 3. In the Focus menu, you will see different types of focus that you can use to customize your iPhone and silence calls and notifications whenever needed.

    Tap to select Driving from the given options to proceed.

  4. 4. While in the Driving Focus window, tap Auto-Reply then tap on it.

    On the next screen, you will see different options on whom you'd like to send the auto-reply message while Driving Focus is enabled.

  5. 5. You can set it to Recents, Favorites, All Contacts or No One. To proceed with this guide, let's select All Contacts.

    Doing so sends the auto-reply message to anyone in your contacts who'll call you while Driving Focus is enabled.

  6. 6. After selecting the Auto-Reply To option, navigate to the Auto-Reply Message section.

    There, you'll see the default auto-reply message for Driving Focus.

  7. 7. If you want to change it, just tap on the text field then select and delete the default message then type in your new auto-reply. 

    Make your message short yet straight to the point.

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Your iPhone will then automatically save the recent changes when you tap on the back key or return to the main Focus menu.

Important Notes:

  • If you don’t see Driving from the list of Focus options, it means that you need to add and set up Driving Focus first.
  • To do this, simply head back to the main Focus menu then tap the Plus (+) icon on the top-right corner. Select Driving from the list of Focus options then follow the onscreen instructions to finish setting up Driving Focus on your device.

More Driving Focus Options

You can also configure other options for Driving Focus like how you’d like the feature to be activated.

  • To do this, navigate to the Turn on Automatically section beneath the Driving Focus menu then tap While Driving.

On the next screen, you will see different options on how Driving Focus will be activated on your phone.

Among the given options include Automatically, When Connected to Car Bluetooth and Manually. Simply tap to mark your preferred option.

  • To set as an example for this guide, we’ll choose When Connected to Car Bluetooth. This selection will activate Driving Focus on your iPhone while connected to Car Bluetooth devices.
  • If you want Driving Focus to be activated automatically based on detected motion, choose Automatically. Otherwise, keep the default selection which is Manually.

If you want Driving Focus to be activated automatically while your iPhone 14 is connected to CarPlay, just turn on the switch next to Activate With CarPlay.

You can also configure the Driving Focus Notification settings to set which type of phone calls or notifications to allow.

And that’s it!