Auto reply is a feature missing on Signal and other widely used messaging apps. After releasing apps for automating Instagram messages, Telegram, and Facebook Messenger in the past, a developer who goes by the name TK Studio has launched an autoresponder app for Signal in response to the massive adoption of the secure messaging app.
Send Automated Replies in Signal
AutoResponder for Signal doesn’t require you to log in to your Signal account. Instead, it uses notification access to detect incoming Signal messages. Once you install the app, you should grant notification access permission for the app to work as intended.
1. Download and install AutoResponder for Signal from Play Store. As soon as you open it, the app will urge you to grant notification access permission. Tap on ‘Get Started’ button and switch the toggle for ‘AutoResponder for SGNL’ on the notification access page.
2. Tap on the ‘+’ floating action button from the home page to create a new rule. Here, you can configure what the received message should be and the response for that message. While the free version offers exact match and similarity match for messages, you can get advanced features including pattern matching, expert pattern matching, and even a welcome message with the pro subscription.
3. After choosing both received and reply messages, you can now choose if the rule should get activated just for individuals, groups, or both. You can also configure it to work with specific contacts and ignore some contacts. Tap on the checkmark FAB to save the rule.
4. I’ve configured the app to respond with ‘Hello’ when someone sends ‘Hi’ and ‘Test 2’ when a Signal user sends me ‘hello’. As you can see below, the app works as intended and has automatically responded to the message. You can long-press and disable the app’s notification if you don’t want to see the log of your chats in the notification shade. More on disabling spam notifications in our linked guide.
Features of AutoResponder for Signal
Take a look at the complete list of features, as detailed by the developer below:
- Auto-reply to Signal messages
- React to all messages when you’re busy
- Send replies to specific messages
- Welcome message for new chats – requires Pro
- Live answer replacements
- Multiple replies in one rule – requires Pro
- Works with contacts and groups
- Ignore and specify contacts and groups
- Automatic scheduler with delay
- AI with Dialogflow.com – requires Pro
- Tasker plugin — requires Pro
- Backup rules for easy recovery
Automate Replies in Signal
So, that’s how you can send automated replies in Signal. Although you need a Pro subscription for advanced features like welcome messages and Tasker integration, the free version offers sufficient features for a regular user to automate messages, especially if you’re a small business owner. For more such tips, take a look at our articles on the best Signal features and Signal tips & tricks.