The handy iPhone trick for those who forget to reply to texts

An iPhone has a handy feature for those who forget to reply to texts
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It's easy to forget to reply to text messages, especially if some arrive while you're in mid-conversation with someone else or you are distracted before you have a chance to respond.

And then of course it can be forgotten about completely. And we know how annoying that be for those who might suspect they are being ignored, such is our apparent expectation of an immediate response.

So for forgetful folk, there is good news from Faris Memon, a technical expert at company Vivid Ads, who has revealed there is a handy iPhone feature which could solve the problem. And it's a feature which means you can pin important conversations to the top of your Messages app, reports WalesOnline.

Faris said: “If you get a text you can't answer straight away, pin the conversation to remind yourself to reply later. Once you've messaged back - usually at the end of the day - you can unpin it and it'll go back to the regular list."

To do that, he explains: “To pin a text conversation on your iPhone, simply hold down on the thread you want to prioritise in your Messages list. A menu will appear with several options, including 'Pin' with a thumbtack symbol next to it.

"Give that a tap - and there you go, Your important conversation will be pinned to the top.” There are a couple of other ways to pin conversations too.

Faris said: “You can either hold down the chat and drag it all the way up to the top of your Messages list. Alternatively, tap 'Edit' in the top-left corner, then select 'Edit Pins'.

"Here, you'll see yellow thumb-tacks next to each conversation. Tap the ones you want to pin, then hit 'Done' to save. Remember, you can pin up to nine chats at once."

The pinning feature is available on iPhones with iOS 14 or newer models. It is worth noting that swiping right to pin a conversation used to be an option but that is no longer available on iPhones running iOS 16 or later programmes.