Make Your Own Default Replies for Apple Watch Messages

Replying to Messages conversations on your Apple Watch is pretty convenient, especially since Apple included a list of default replies you can use. But what if you want to have your own default replies? No problem. Read on to learn how to customize the default reply list on your Apple Watch.

Like most settings for Apple Watch, you'll need to make a trip to the Apple Watch app on your iPhone. Once there, here's what to do:

  • Launch the Apple Watch app on your iPhone
  • Tap My Watch
  • Tap Messages
  • Tap Default Replies
  • Tap an entry in the Default Replies list and type your custom reply

Adding your custom text for Messages repliesAdding your custom text for Messages replies

Once you're done, your new replies will be available in Messages on your Apple Watch. I love that I can include emoji along with text so my replies match what I'd normally type on my iPhone.

There are a couple limitations: you can make up to six custom replies, and each one replaces one of Apple's default messages. That said, if you're making your own replies, there's a good chance Apple's defaults aren't that useful to you.

Here's how to use custom replies on your Apple Watch:

  • Select a message from your Notifications or in the Messages app
  • Tap Reply
  • Use the digital crown to scroll through the list until you find your custom message
  • Tap the message you want to send

Tap Reply (left), choose your custom message (center), get snarky response (right)Tap Reply (left), choose your custom message (center), get snarky response (right)

If you decide to change any of your custom replies just head back over to your iPhone and jump into the Apple Watch app. Make your chances and they'll automatically appear on your Apple Watch.