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How to automatically send an 'I'm busy!' text from your Android phone

Sharon Machlis | Jan. 7, 2016
You can use the Tasker and Trigger Android apps to let people know why you're not answering your texts.

The next screen lets you add additional refinements, such as time and day of week (perhaps you only want this to happen during business hours), whether Wi-Fi is on, and so on. Click done and your triggers are set up.

Then click Next at the bottom right to add actions. Once you click the + icon at the top right, you'll get a list of categories. Scroll down and you should see Tasker as an option.

Click on it, check the box next to Tasker Task, tap Next (bottom right) and you'll get a dialog box to select an existing Tasker Task. Tap on the search icon and you'll see a window pop up with available tasks. Choose the Mtng Profile ON task (which you created in step 4) and then Add to Task. Before tapping Done at the bottom right, you'll have an option under Name to rename your Task.

Make sure to create a similar trigger for when your events end by selecting Mtng Profile OFF as the task.

You can also create other autoresponders, such as one that sends "I'm driving now and will respond later" whenever your phone connects to the Bluetooth system in your car (specific Bluetooth connections are another available Trigger option) and turns it off once the connection is off.

This may seem like a lengthy process as you're reading; but once you've gone through it once, it should only take you a couple of minutes to set up. Then, voila! You no longer have to worry about impatient superiors (or family members) wondering why you haven't answered them.

And if you set up the mute option too, you'll no longer be the one whose phone ringer goes off in a meeting just when your boss is making a crucial point.


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