iOS Text Reply now available to Pebble smartwatch owners on T-Mobile


Last year, Pebble introduced a feature for its smartwatches that let iOS users reply to text messages from their watch. The feature was initially only available to AT&T customers, but it expanded to Verizon users earlier this year, and now it’s been enabled for T-Mobile subscribers, too.

Pebble announced today that iOS Text Reply for Pebble is now available for T-Mobile US. It’s compatible with Pebble, Pebble Steel, Pebble Time, Pebble Time Steel, and Pebble Time Round watches. When enabled, you’ll be able to reply to incoming messages sent to your iOS Messages app using a custom text response or emoji, and Pebble Time-series owners can respond using a voice note, too.

It’s worth noting that Pebble’s iOS Text Reply feature works around Apple’s Messages app. As a result, replies sent from your Pebble smartwatch are sent as SMS directly through your carrier and they won’t actually appear in your iOS Messages history. That’s kind of disappointing, but it’s the concession that Pebble had to make to get iOS Text Reply working. At least the feature is finally available to Pebble-wearing iPhone owners on T-Mobile.

To get iOS Text Reply set up on your Pebble smartwatch, follow the instructions right here.

Also announced today is iOS Email Actions for Pebble. With this feature, Pebble 2, Pebble Time 2, Pebble Time, Pebble Time Steel, and Pebble Time Round will be able to reply, archive, and delete emails on your iPhone. If you’d like to give this feature a try, you’ll need to sign up for the beta test, which you can do right here.

Source: Pebble

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  • Adrayven

    ironic really.. since Apple just released the messages, lock screen, and VoIP API’s for apps to integrate into iOS similar to first class citizen apps like messages, mail, and Phone.

    Basically, their work around won’t mean anything this fall since it could be done directly.

    • onstrike112

      I’m guessing Apple locked it down like this because they wanted to push their Apple Watch. Funny how Android Wear is available for iOS, when Apple can’t be bothered to make an Android app for their snob Apple Watch. Apple even went as far as to delay the Pebble app update a while back when the Apple Watch was releasing, obviously because Apple doesn’t want other parties to have the ability to compete on their ecosystem. That’s Apple for you though. Looking out for #1 all the time, whereas Google Play never blocked the Pebble app from getting updates, even though they have Android Wear.

  • M H

    Yes it works! But only for SMS ..doesn’t reply to any other message apps

    • Jay Trainer

      At least it is something, right?