Answering machines were insanely popular until smartphones with built-in voicemail capability came along. Now that we have smartphones, different solutions better than voicemail are also making their way to the the market. Though one thing that hasn’t changed much for a long time in this regard is texting; there is no way of easily setting up automatic responses for texts received when you are busy. Fortunately, iOS users with jailbroken devices have had AutoResponder for a long time, which is a tweak that lets you configure automatic responses to texts that go unattended for a particular duration. Until now, AutoResponder only worked with older iDevices, and a lot of people on iOS have been missing it. Better late than never though, as the developer of the tweak has released AutoResponder 2 that is aimed just at iOS 6 users, and works with iMessage as well as SMS.
If you haven’t used AutoResponder before, head to the stock Settings app because that’s where all its configuration options are located. In the tweak’s menu, you can choose the time after which the automatic response is sent, and write the message you want to be delivered. The ‘Delay’ option ranges from one minute to two hours. Once you have enabled the tweak and selected the delay time, AutoResponder starts pushing its automatic replies whenever someone texts you and you don’t read the message for the specified duration. The ‘1 Minute’ option sends the response near-instantly in our experience, and the other delay times work fine as well.
If you want to customize the message sent by AutoResponder 2, tap the ‘Manage Presets’ option and create a new title. To make sure that some people never get your automatic replies, the tweak offers a ‘Whitelist’ in which you can add any contact’s phone number. While populating the whitelist, take care to enter full numbers, including the country and area codes.
AutoResponder 2 is available in the BigBoss repo of the Cydia store, where it fetches for $1.50. If you are often busy and have gotten into arguments because of your laziness in responding to texts, this tweak is definitely what you have been looking for. One minor improvement that the developer can roll out in the tweak’s next update is the addition of an ‘Immediate’ option in the ‘Delay’ section, rather than assigning this capability to the ‘1 minute’ choice.
So, if you are on iOS 6, and want to be known as the person who never lets a text go unanswered, give the tweak a shot.