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Can't take a call? You can do more than just reject it

Especially if you know you’ll ring the person back later that day.

SOMETIMES YOU WILL receive a call but can’t take it. Whatever the reason, the usual reaction is to let it ring out or reject it but there are two other options you can take.

The first one, and likely the handiest method, is to respond to send a auto=response to the person calling.

Both iOS and Android allow you to create ready-made text messages like ‘I’m on my way’ or ‘Can I call you later?’ but you can write your own if they’re not to your taste.

On iOS, go into Settings > Phone > Respond with Text and change any of the three slots with your own message.

On Android, going into Phone > Settings > Quick Responses will give you four slots to use. They can be handy if you want to let someone know you’re not ignoring them or don’t want them to ring repeatedly.


The other option, if the person ringing isn’t using a mobile phone, is to set a reminder to call back later.

When you’re receiving a call on iOS, tapping the remind me message will give you two options. You can either be reminded to make a call in an hour or when you leave the place you’re in.

The latter requires location access to work so when you select it for the first time, it will ask you for permission.

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Google’s own Phone app doesn’t have this setting, but there are apps which can make up for it. One of which is Missed Call Reminder which lets you control how soon the reminder happens and for how long it should take before another reminder appears.

Missed call notifier Source: Missed Call Reminder/Google Play

Alternatively, you could download Call Reminder (noticing a theme with these names?) which lets you schedule reminders for any call you’ve received or in your phone book.

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