Open Source Watomatic Android app sends automatic WhatsApp replies

Martin Brinkmann
Feb 27, 2021
Apps, Google Android, Internet

Regular WhatsApp accounts don't come with options to send automatic replies, e.g. to inform users who contact you that you are on Holiday or decided to migrate away from WhatsApp because of the recent privacy controversy surrounding the app and service. WhatsApp accounts will be limited and eventually deleted if users don't agree to the new privacy policy.

Users who don't agree may migrate to another chat service, Telegram, for example, introduced options to import WhatsApp chats recently.

While you can reply to contacts manually using the application, automation may help reduce the time it takes to inform users, especially if you have a lot of contacts that send you messages regularly.

Watomatic - WhatsApp Auto Reply Bot is an open source application for Android that introduces an option to automate replies. The source of the application is published on GitHub, and you may download its APK file directly from the site or follow links to Google Play or Izzy On Droid to download it from these sources instead.

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Watomatic relies on Android's notification system and needs notification permissions. WhatsApp notifications need to be enabled as well, and WhatsApp's fingerprinting lock needs to be disabled.

The interface of the app is straightforward and easy to use. Tap on the auto reply text field to edit it, e.g. to inform users about your new messaging app and username on the app, that you are on holiday or a business trip, or that you are in hospital or otherwise occupied.

Toggle the Auto Reply preference to On to enable the feature. Note that you will get the Notifications permissions prompt if you enable it for the first time.

You may enable the feature for group chats as well, and use the reply frequency field to limit the number of messages per contact or group. The default setting is unlimited.

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Considering that you need to keep WhatsApp installed on the device for Watomatic to work, the application's usefulness growth with the number of contacts and group chats that a user has. If you just have a few contacts, you could simply write the message and don't need to install a third-party app to do so. If you have lots of contacts or groups, say hundreds or more, it is becoming more and more time consuming to inform everyone, and that is when Watomatic shines the most.

Now You: Which messaging service do you use, and why?

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  1. Q said on February 27, 2021 at 8:23 pm

    The WhatsApp Business client supports automatic replies.

    1. northpole said on February 28, 2021 at 4:25 pm

      … & personal don’t, hopefully now you understand why it was created.

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