You are heading out for a vacation. Or about to step in a lengthy annual meeting. But it’s an eventful workday as well, and you’re being swamped with emails, WhatsApp or Slack messages and even phone calls. However, you don’t want to avoid every one of these and keep the other person hanging and waiting for a reply. What do you do? Normally, the answer to this question would be set up automatic replies. But unless you are comfortable launching each service and configuring them individually, this process can become a bit tedious.
Enter an Android app called “Can’t Talk”. This little free utility essentially lets you enable auto-replies for just about any app out there. Whether it’s WhatsApp or Gmail or SMS, “Can’t Talk” allows you to set up these replies from a common interface. Therefore, you only need to type the message once and on the press of a button, it will be forwarded to every missed notification you’ve received in the specific time period. Of course, you can choose which apps you’d like to include. More importantly, the app can even send these out to a particular set of contacts.
Once downloaded and installed from this link, fire up “Can’t Talk” to get started. Grant the required permission for accessing your notifications. Now, tap “Apps” for turning it on for various applications. At the top bar, there’s a tiny people icon through which you can employ for selecting specific contacts. Return to the home page, and on the top of the screen, you’ll find a text box where you can type the reply.
Against every notification type like SMS, there’s a button which you can use for enabling them individually. On the top right corner, you’ll find an orange switch which you will begin the session and make “Can’t Talk” active. From here on, notifications will be automatically replied as soon as they arrive. If you’d like to alter that frequency, there’s an option available under “Advanced Settings”. You can also view your “Reply History” from the setting on the main page.
It’s worth pointing out here that “Can’t Talk” is still in a development phase. Hence I would recommend checking in once in awhile. Although in my testing, it worked flawlessly for WhatsApp, SMS and Newton Mail. Furthermore, replying to third-party applications is a paid feature, but you do have two weeks for trying it out. You can grab the app for Android from the link down below.