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The General Settings of AutoResponder explained

Not only can settings be made separately for each AutoResponder rule, there are also general settings that apply to the entire app. You can find them in the menu on the left of the main screen.


The general settings of AutoResponder

List of all settings



Version of WA/FB/IG/TG/SGNL


By default, AutoResponder replies to messages from all official messenger versions on the device. You can restrict AutoResponder to specific versions using these settings. If you use multiple copies of a single messenger version with the dual app feature of your device, you can use the Disable specific versions setting to exclude certain copies from receiving automatic replies.


Choose WA/FB/IG/TG/SGNL version


If you use several different versions of a messenger but only want to reply to one particular version, you can select it here.


Custom package name/s


If you want to send automatic replies to apps that are not listed in the above setting, you can enter their Android package names separated by commas here. Please check the web if you don't know what a package name of an Android app is and how to find it.


Enable this setting by choosing Custom in the Choose WA/FB/IG/TG/SGNL version setting above.


Note that AutoResponder is adapted to the specific messenger and therefore automatic replies to other apps may be faulty.


Multi-User support


Reply to messenger versions of other users on this device (only some devices can have multiple user profiles). This also supports the Dual App or Dual Messenger functionality of most devices. Disable this setting to stop automatic replies for additional copies of a single messenger version and only reply to the main version of the messenger.


Disable specific versions


If you are using multiple copies of a single messenger version (this is possible with the Dual Messenger or Dual App feature of many devices), you cannot use the Choose XX version option to select which version the replies should be limited to. Instead, you can use this option to exclude certain copies from receiving automatic replies.


Clear versions list


Tap here to clear the list of the Disable specific versions option above. This helps you to keep track and to check which of the displayed messenger copies is the right one by receiving a new message.



Notifications


Settings regarding the notifications that AutoResponder displays in the status bar of your device when replying to messages.


Notifications


Show notifications when AutoResponder automatically replies to a message. If disabled, priority notifications can still be activated to show notifications for certain rules.


Priority notifications


Show Priority notifications when AutoResponder automatically replies to a message with a specific rule. These are displayed separately from the normal reply notifications. Activate priority notifications within individual rules.


Open notification settings


Tap to display the advanced notification settings of your device. Depending on the Android version, each type of notification can be customised individually here.



General


General settings that do not fit any other category.


App lock


Secure access to AutoResponder with your PIN, pattern, or biometrics as set on your lock screen.

The lock is displayed each time the app is opened.


Note that AutoResponder remains open in the background when you minimise it with the home button of your device. Use the back button instead.


Specific contacts (Override in rule)


Only reply to messages from these chats. Enter the name of the chat or group exactly as shown in the notification or chat list of the messenger. Separate chats with commas. You can use * as wildcard.

Check here for more information.


Note that field must remain blank if all chats should be able to receive automatic replies.


(Override in rule) means that you can override this setting for each rule individually by using the same setting within any rule.


Ignored contacts (Override in rule)


Don't reply to messages from these chats. Enter the name of the chat or group exactly as shown in the notification or chat list of the messenger. Separate chats with commas. You can use * as wildcard.

Check here for more information.


(Override in rule) means that you can override this setting for each rule individually by using the same setting within any rule.


Delay min (Override in rule)


Delay all AutoResponder replies. AutoResponder selects a random delay between Min and Max.

Check here for more information.


(Override in rule) means that you can override this setting for each rule individually by using the same setting within any rule.


Delay max (Override in rule)


Delay all AutoResponder replies. AutoResponder selects a random delay between Min and Max.

Check here for more information.


(Override in rule) means that you can override this setting for each rule individually by using the same setting within any rule.


Prevent repeating rules


Any rule can only be executed once by a contact within the set time (check the setting below), unless another rule was executed in between (that's different to the Pause rule for… option, but both options are quite similar).


This helps prevent response loops between two AutoResponders chatting with each other, which can generate a lot of messages in a short time, which some messengers might consider spam.


Prevent repeating rules (Duration in seconds)


Set the time in seconds for the Prevent repeating rules setting above.


Note that setting 0 is not the same as disabling the option. 0 here means ∞. You can enter 0 if each rule should not be executed again until another rule is executed by the same contact (without regard to time).


Similarity threshold


This setting affects the Similarity match option of your rules. See its article for more information.



Automation


These options help you automate your chats even further.


Receive message to ignore contact


Enter any message you like here. As soon as you receive this message from a contact, the contact will receive a final automatic reply (if there is a corresponding rule) before being added to the Ignored contacts (Override in rule) setting.


Contacts can thus automatically switch off the AutoResponder for themselves and switch it on again with the option below.


Receive message to remove ignored contact


Enter any message you like here. As soon as you receive this message, the setting above is cancelled for the contact and automatic replies are sent again with immediate effect.



Rules


These settings relate to the creation of rules.


Default specific contacts


When creating a new rule, the corresponding option within this rule is already pre-filled.

Check here for more information about specific and ignored contacts.


Default ignored contacts


When creating a new rule, the corresponding option within this rule is already pre-filled.

Check here for more information about specific and ignored contacts.


Default delay min


When creating a new rule, the corresponding option within this rule is already pre-filled.

Check here for more information about reply delays.


Default delay max


When creating a new rule, the corresponding option within this rule is already pre-filled.

Check here for more information about reply delays.

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