How to Customize Default Replies on Apple Watch

With watchOS 2, Apple added some features to the Mail app that make it possible for you to actually respond to email right from Apple Watch. Similar to responding to text messages on Apple Watch, users can now use voice dictation, send an emoji, or respond with a preset default reply.

Additionally, Facebook recently updated its Messenger app to work on Apple Watch. So, now you can read and reply to chats with Facebook contacts.

Apple provides room for about 20 default replies for Messages and about a dozen for Mail. Facebook provides six. You are not confined to the premade responses, however, and you can customize them to say whatever you’d like.

We’ve got a quick tutorial explaining how to customize your quick responses to fit your personality. The steps are very similar for customizing default responses in all three apps.

Messages

  1. On iPhone, open the Apple Watch app and navigate to the My Watch tab.
  2. Select Messages from the menu.
  3. Tap „Default Replies.“
  4. Tap a premade response and replace it with your own.

Mail

  1. On iPhone, open the Apple Watch app and navigate to the My Watch tab.
  2. Select Mail from the menu.
  3. Tap „Default Replies“ under the Mail Settings section.
  4. Tap a premade response and replace it with your own.

Facebook Messenger

  1. On iPhone, open the Messenger app and tap the Settings icon in the bottom right corner of the screen.
  2. Select Apple Watch from the menu.
  3. Tap a premade response and replace it with your own.

From personal experience with Apple Watch, we recommend you try to make your responses as personal as possible. A dry response from a normally animated person may cause the recipient to question whether you are upset. Include exclamation points and emoticons if that is how you normally text friends. Be sure to save a few lines for more serious responses.

With Mail, crafting a good response is a little harder. Luckily, you can write a lot in a default email reply. We counted to 400 characters before giving up, and hopefully you won’t need to be sending premade replies longer than that from your Apple Watch.

When crafting a default email reply, remember that the recipient will question why you can’t respond further if you are capable of responding at all. It might be a good idea to include that you are sending the message from Apple Watch so that the recipient understands why you didn’t address the email specifically.

It is likely we will see support for customizable default replies for other chat-related activities as developers update their apps for watchOS 2, so feel free to share any discoveries in our discussion thread.



Facebook Testing Siri Competitor ‘M’ Inside Messenger App

Facebook today rolled out a new virtual assistant called „M“ inside its Messenger app for a limited number of users in the Bay Area, reports Wired. „M“ is powered by both artificial intelligence and Facebook employees, enabling Messenger users to ask questions and complete tasks such as making restaurant reservations, ordering birthday flowers or discovering the best places to go hiking in California.

Using „M“ is as simple as beginning a conversation with the assistant through the Messenger app, at which point it will begin providing you with recommendations or ask further questions to narrow down your request. Unlike Siri, „M“ does not have a gender, nor it is possible to know whether you are being helped by a bot or a real Facebook employee – but Facebook aims to make sure that every request is answered.

„M“ aims to take on Siri, Google Now, Cortana and a growing selection of virtual assistants as the „first stop for anyone looking to do or buy anything“:

It won’t take long for Messenger’s users to realize M can accomplish much more than your standard digital helper, suspects David Marcus, vice president of messaging products at Facebook. “It can perform tasks that none of the others can,” Marcus says. That’s because, in addition to using artificial intelligence to complete its tasks, M is powered by actual people.

Marcus believes that „M“ will slowly expand beyond the Bay Area and eventually reach all of Messenger’s 700 million users around the world.

Facebook Messenger [Direct Link] is free on the App Store for iPhone.



Facebook Working on ‘Moneypenny’ Personal Assistant for Messenger

Thus far, virtual personal assistants like Siri, Google Now and Cortana have been part of an effort to differentiate mobile platforms like iOS and Android. Facebook, however, is working on bringing virtual personal assistants to its Messenger app and the web, according to The Information.

Facebook’s offering, which is codenamed „Moneypenny“ after the assistant character in the James Bond franchise, will allow users to ask real people for help to research and purchase products and services. Moneypenny will be able to help users with other tasks, but it’s unclear what those tasks could be. It’s also unknown when Moneypenny could launch.

In recent months Facebook has been working on turning Messenger into a platform, opening up the service to third-party iOS app integration and allowing developers to build apps for the service. Additionally, Facebook previewed the ability for users to be able to message businesses directly to receive updates and shipping confirmations about their online orders as well as the ability to ask free-form questions about orders from within the app.

Facebook Messenger is available for free on the App Store [Direct Link]



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