Apple Watch - Decline Call and Send Text
Apple Watch - Decline Call and Send Text

Do you often find yourself in situations where you can’t answer a phone call, but also don’t want to leave the caller hanging? Luckily, the Apple Watch has a simple yet efficient technique for this. It allows you to decline a call and send a quick message instead, all with a few taps on your wrist.

Understanding the Call Declining Feature on the Apple Watch

Apple has designed the Apple Watch with convenience and ease of use in mind. One such feature that epitomizes this approach is the ability to decline a phone call and instantly send a message to the caller, explaining why you can’t answer. This can be a lifesaver in situations where you can’t take a call but want to convey a quick response.

How to Use the Apple Watch to Decline a Call and Send a Message

Step-by-Step Guide

Here’s how to do it:

  1. When receiving an incoming call on your Apple Watch, press the digital crown (the dial on the side of the watch).
  2. This action declines the call.
  3. Immediately after declining, you will see a list of preset messages appear.
  4. Tap on the appropriate message to instantly send it to the caller.

Personalizing Your Decline Message

Apple also allows you to customize the decline messages. You can create your own set of response options that fit typical scenarios when you’re unable to take calls. You can do this by going to the Apple Watch app on your iPhone, tapping ‘Phone’, then ‘Respond with Text’.

When Can You Use This Technique?

This Apple Watch technique is perfect for situations when you’re in a meeting, driving, working out, or simply unable to pick up a call. With a tap of your wrist, you can let callers know why you can’t answer without leaving them in the dark.

Benefits and Potential Drawbacks

The main benefit of this feature is the convenience and respect it provides to both the user and the caller. However, keep in mind that you will need your iPhone nearby, as the Apple Watch uses its cellular connection for sending the message.


With this easy Apple Watch technique, you can decline a call and send a quick message in no time. This feature adds to the already impressive set of functionalities that make the Apple Watch a reliable and helpful companion.


  1. Can I customize the decline messages on my Apple Watch?
    • Yes, you can customize your messages by going to the Apple Watch app on your iPhone, then selecting ‘Phone’ and ‘Respond with Text’.
  2. Do I need my iPhone nearby to use this feature?
    • Yes, your Apple Watch needs to be connected to your iPhone to send the decline message.
  3. Can I decline a call without sending a message?
    • Yes, you can decline a call without sending a message. Simply press the red button on the incoming call screen.
  4. What if the caller doesn’t receive text messages?
    • If the caller can’t receive text messages, they will not receive your decline message.
  5. Can I use this feature on all versions of the Apple Watch?
    • Yes, this feature is available on all versions of the Apple Watch.
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