Focus mode on macOS Monterey and iOS 15 is a handy new feature that lets you set notification filters based on what you are doing at a particular time of day. There’s yet another feature assisting Focus mode called Auto-reply.
Auto-reply enables you to automatically send a reply to contacts that message you while Focus mode is enabled on your device.
The feature, moreover, only works in the Messages app which is contrary to the Status feature also available as an API for developers to add into their communication apps.
Enabling auto-reply will ensure your contacts feel acknowledged even when you’re busy. This way, they can either choose to call later or break through your device’s Focus mode and notify you anyway in case it’s an urgent matter or God forbid, an emergency.
That said, auto-reply is an opt-in feature as of the first round of developer betas of macOS Monterey and iOS 15.
Here’s how to enable auto-reply on Mac and iPhone.
Note: Even though the toggle for auto-reply is present, the feature itself isn’t active yet. The toggle itself is greyed out on iOS 15 and non-functional on macOS Monterey. This post will be updated with fresh information as soon as auto-reply is activated.
How to enable auto-reply for Focus mode in macOS Monterey
Head over to System Preferences by clicking the Apple logo in the Menu Bar.
Click the Notifications tab.
Then, go to the Focus tab.
While in the Focus tab, click Options located below the list of filters.
Tick “Turn on auto reply.”
How to enable auto-reply for Focus mode in iOS 15
Head over to the Settings app on your iPhone or iPad.
Tap on the Focus tab.
Choose a Focus profile.
Then, tap Focus Status.
Finally, tap the Share Focus Status toggle so that it appears green.
Focus is a noteworthy addition to iOS 15 and macOS Monterey. But what makes it noteworthy are features like Status and auto-reply. These alleviate the convenience of filtering notifications by automating as many tasks associated with Focus mode as possible.