Reject Calls With a Text and Change the Default Texts in WP8

Windows Phone Call

No news is not usually good news. Almost always we expect responses to phone calls and messages from the people we are trying to reach. And, when we don’t get one, we are left wondering about their status.

When you’re too busy to take a call the best way to avoid getting the same call over and over again is to let the caller know that you are busy and will get back in a while. The easiest way to do so is to instantly respond with a text. Thankfully, the new age smartphones have made it a matter of just few taps.

We have showed you how to do that on iPhones. Today we will show you the process on Windows Phone 8 devices. It’s a pretty simple walkthrough, let’s check it out. We’ll also see how to change the default reject call texts.

Note: The Windows Phone 8 device used for this post is Nokia Lumia 625. The steps are same for all WP8 phones.

How to Reject Calls with Text Reply on WP8

When you receive a call on your Windows device you will be presented with 3 options: answer, ignore and text reply. It is very obvious what you need to select to reject with a text as a response.

Text Reply

The moment you tap on text reply you will be offered a set of predefined messages to select from. Another tap on the desired response and you are done. Your caller now knows why you didn’t take his/her call.

Choose Response

The third option in the list reads type a message. That is when you do not want to reply with a predefined message. Here you could type a custom one.

Custom Reply

Setting Up Custom Reject Call Messages and Adding it to the Default List

You may not be very satisfied with the default entries of text replies in the list. Do not worry, it is just default, not fixed. You can easily change them and make more entries to a maximum of 4. Follow the below steps to edit or create text replies:-

Step 1: Flick the Start Screen towards the left to reach the list of applications. Tap to open the Settings screen.

Windows Phone Settings E1381649125302

Step 2: On the Settings screen flick to the applications section and tap on phone. It will navigate you to the phone settings screen.

Application Settings

Step 3: Scroll down to find edit replies button and give a tap on it.

Phone Settings

Note: The text reply toggle must be in On status here for you to be able to reply to a call with a text message when you can’t talk.

Step 4: Now, feed your custom message. You may edit or create any or all of Reply 1 to Reply 4. Tap the check button when done.

Create Edit Responses


Windows Phone 8, like all other leading smartphone operating systems, makes it really easy to reject calls with a text. Changing the default ones is a cakewalk too. Make use of this feature to avoid misunderstandings, especially when it’s your girlfriend or wife. 😉

Last updated on 02 February, 2022

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