Mobiles Phones - Do Not Disturb Controls
Both Apple iOS and Android have tech solutions for dealing with messages when you are unavailable or it is not safe for you to reply. As well as being a driving offence, using your mobile phone while driving is not safe. Mobile device tech safety solutions are very welcome and are constantly improving, it is best to check what your particular phone brand can do.
Below, we give a simple guide to show you how to use 'Auto-response' for text messages, the 'Do Not Disturb' control in iOS and the 'Android Auto' app for additional 'Do Not Disturb' safe driving features.
1. Add the 'Do Not Disturb' control
In iOS phone 'Settings' > scroll to & tap 'Control Centre' > then tap 'Customise Controls'. From here you can add 'Controls'. Add 'Do Not Disturb' (the car icon) by tapping the + symbol to the left.
For Android phones > add the new 'Android Auto' app from the Google Playstore > follow the set up tips & instructions to send auto-responses. Not only can you add the 'Out of Office' auto-repsonse feature, you will promote safe driving.
When 'Do Not Disturb' is switched on, any calls you receive will go straight to voice message, you need to make sure that you have recorded a suitable message.
2. Manage the 'Do Not Disturb' control
In iOS > swipe up from the bottom screen to show the ''Control Centre' > tap the 'Do Not Disturb' icon to activate/de-activate.
In the free 'Android Auto' app, you manage all settings in the 'Menu' (hamburger) via 'Settings'. There are lots of features in this app for safe driving and automatic detection with certian car models, car stereos, bluetooth and screens.
3. Set up Auto-response in iOS
In iOS phone 'Settings' > tap 'Do Not Disturb' (crescent moon icon) > scroll to and tap 'Activate' then choose 'Manually' > scroll to 'Auto-Reply To' > then tap 'All Contacts'. Still in 'Do Not Disturb' > tap 'Auto-Reply' > type your personal 'Out of Office' response.
In 'Do Not Disturb' mode, your contacts will receive your 'Out of Office' message & a 2nd auto-message '(I'm not receiving notifications. If this is urgent, reply 'urgent' to send a notification through with your original message.)'
You can then turn the 'Do Not Disturb' on and off through the swipe up 'Control Centre'. Don't forget to change the auto-reponse message if you need to.
4. Set up Auto-response in Android
For Android enter the 'Android Auto' app > tap 'Settings' > scroll to 'Notifcations" then tap 'Auto-reply' > type your personal message > tap 'OK'. You also have other options, such as swiping the 'Always preview message' & the 'Show message notifications' toggles.