QuickReply for SMS on iPhone - Jailbreak app review

QuickReply for SMS functions basically as an expanded plug-in to the built-in SMS app.  There is no icon for QuickReply and it just interacts with built-in functionality.  QuickReply attempts to solve a lot of the problems that the native SMS app still has.  The major one being when you get a text, you have two options, either close the text or view it to respond.  If you're in the middle of doing something on your phone, it'll close you out of it in order to take you to the text app.

QuickReply solves this problem by adding another button.  In addition to the traditional close and view buttons, you'll see a reply button to the right.  When you click reply, it'll simply bring up a keyboard and you can reply to the text without interrupting the app you are currently running.  When you're done, tap send and you're done!  The keyboard disappears and your text sends in the background. In settings, you have the option of changing the traditional keyboard to a transparent type keyboard if you'd like as well.  You'll also see an option to replace the view button with a call button.

With the latest update to QuickReply, contact pictures were added. I thought this was a really neat addition. If you have a picture set for a person in your address book, it'll pop up in the right hand top corner of the text on the homescreen. Speaking of the homescreen, QuickReply also allows you to reply directly from the homescreen. Enabling the lockscreen option in settings will allow you to double-tap a text off the homescreen and bring up a keyboard to respond without even having to unlock your phone.

QuickReply is definitely one of those apps I'd sorely miss on a stock iPhone. For anyone who's jailbroken, it's definitely worth the $2.99. And if you'd like to try it out, they have a trial period available.

[$2.99 - Cydia Link]

Pros

  • No extra icon cluttering your homescreen
  • Ease of use
  • Reasonably priced

Cons

  • Available to jailbreakers only

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Allyson Kazmucha

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QuickReply for SMS on iPhone - Jailbreak app review

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This is the single reason I'm going to have to jailbreak again. It's completely changed the way I use my iPhone for the better.

@Adam - it's a great little app. i had to go stock 2 months ago and was stuck that way until spirit dropped :\ i missed QuickReply and SBSettings terribly (particularly the rotation inhibitor) - 4.0 kept me entertained for a bit, but ended up downgrading because of so many apps crashing. wish i had an iPhone dedicated just to developing. that's why this time i'm not going to sell my 3GS when the new one comes out. can leave it jailbroken or use it for betas. :D

without the quickreply app i couldn't even function. if i was not jailbroken i honestly believe i would not have an iPhone

@BLiNK same situation here. And you can have one person use this and log into google or facebook (used to verify purchase) and let anyone else use this for free. I have 4 friends and Ive had tons of different iPhones and never had an issue

How ironic! I just added the QuickReply SMS yesterday and I'm now reading the article. The app is absolutely awesome and I just jailbreaked my girlfriends iPhone today because of the simplicity this app provides. A must have app and highly useful

Once 4.0 is out won't developers be able to allow in app SMS for users? I'm pretty sure it was one of the new features in 4.0

It's been a while since I last jailbroke, but even then I only used apps on Cydia that were free. This one seems to be worth the money though. How do you go about paying for apps on Cydia?

@Eric
that's true but it's really stupid to have all apps enable in app SMS when instead it'd be easier to make the SMS multitaskable.

You forgot another con: can't quick compose with this app.
I know it's called quick reply but still, being able to quick compose while listening to pandora is essential. I emailed the developer Bout this and he told me he's not planning on adding this in anytime soon. :(
How can someone not want quick compose on their jail broken phone? I bought this app already but next one to get my money willI have A quick compose feature like bite SMS.

I bet you that Apple has/had made one of there iPhone jailbroken and that Apple tested/testing and are taking ideas off of all the cool apps, wedgits Inc Inc in Cyda. Only time will tell....

It's one of my favorite apps. I also know many people who jailbreak JUST for the ability to quick reply.
If you want quick compose, check out BiteSMS. It's much more feature rich and allows quick compose but it's an actual replacement for the built in Messages app instead of just an extension. It's also not free, but not too bad on the pricing.
It also does the contact picture thing, has a feature to keep "quick responses" book marked so that you can quickly reply to messages without typing anything by choosing frequently used messages, etc.

everyone has forgotten that apple had made this API available to developers in the 4.0 sdk!
the API is is in app sms! this is coming in 4.0 people

I love quicksms. I wish apple would allow us to answer texts while surfing the web, from the lockscreen, etc. Until they do, quicksms is total win.

@CupertinoSweat
the in-app SMS API is not what you are thinkiing it is. I have a feeling in-app SMS is not the same as this. Plus, even if it is, if all developers don't implement it, it's pointless. Which you know not all will.

I still find biteSMS to be far superior to QuickReply, even with their update. biteSMS has a Favorites button where you can access those Contacts you've added for expedited communication. It also includes a Call option if you'd just rather call them from the lockscreen instead. However, I do like the variety of texting apps made available through Cydia for the jailbreaking community at large. It never hurts to get one more app. There's room for all of them. :)

I'm with @Adam on this one. This is solely the reason I jailbreak - after using it for awhile and trying to go back I feel lost and angry with my limited functionality lol! Not to mention, I've spoken with the developer a time or two and he was a really cool guy and went out of his way to help me out. Happy to pay this minimal fee for such a great app. Cheers!

Ok. Just to clear something up. The in-app SMS is NOTHING like this. What it will allow is apps to compose smss from within them (if the developer adds it) it's meant for those contact replacement apps for instance. in those apps you used to be able to call and email contacts from the app but never SMS them now you can.
However, I think 4.0s multitasking ability will help with this because you can click view, reply to the text and then go right back to the app you were in. What do you guys think?

"However, I think 4.0s multitasking ability will help with this because you can click view, reply to the text and then go right back to the app you were in. What do you guys think?"
@Matt
I think these types of apps that appear on the lockscreen are worlds better than just plain ordinary multitasking. I don't think Apple will ever officially allow something like this to appear on their lockscreen. Heck, I don't even think they'll do this in OS 4.0 or an update to it.

But I have been wrong before so we'll see... Unless it's already being done on the beta as we speak...

I love this app alot. I find very randomly it crashes upon receiving an incoming SMS. Anyone know of any mobilesubstrate conflicts with this or any other fixes? It doesn't happen very often but when it does I never receive notification that I got a new SMS.

Ummm.. I think the mods are deleting my comments.. Why is that? Are we not allowed to talk about how to get free versions of paid apps on cydia? Is this a sponsored post?

@Justin I just ran across what was infront of us this whole time. (With the latest update to QuickReply, contact pictures were added...)

@Damien it hurts the jailbreak community when you show how to get stuff for free developers won't continue to make stuff if you rip them off any responsible site would do that.

@Damien - yes the comments probably did get deleted. the way you are describing to get apps is piracy. piracy discussion is not tolerated. in another words, you are stealing developer's property. and no, this is not a sponsored post of any kind. TiPb just doesn't advocate piracy in any way, shape, or form. We support developers.

Ok, Never knew it was an issue.. Cause I always thought Cydia was just one big Market place where we got things were weren't "technically" supposed to have.. Well thanks I stand corrected..

@Damien - you are "partially correct" - on Cydia and Rock, you can get things APPLE doesn't want you to have. They limit iPhone functionality and some users don't like that, that's where Cydia and Rock came in. They give you the control back (for most users). It's not about getting things for free, but getting things that Apple doesn't allow in the App store because of certain policies.

@Damien Absolutely not. Cydia is a regular App Store, just for the jailbreak community. You pay for apps in Cydia just like you do in the official App Store.
Not only does piracy hurt the developers, but it's also illegal, and hurts the entire jailbreak community. When people pirate apps, it makes the rest of the iPhone world think that people only jailbreak so they can pirate apps -- which is completely untrue. Then it makes Apple and other people work harder to prevent jailbreaking in general.

I see, thanks Allyson and keith.. I appreciate all the info.. I'll become more dev friendly :) And do things to encorage their creativity and hardwork rather than discourage it..

Hey guys I just re-visited the bite SMS app. It's a no brainer, this app exceeds anything that quick SMS does- including quick composing!!
Hitting the volume Button followed by a touch to the center of the screen where the volumes is display is the only sequence that's needed This short sequence makes you quick compose from anywhere in the phone including the lock screen :)

I'm getting the idea you guys like biteSMS too. I'll look into that and maybe do a review on that one soon. Thanks for the input guys :)
@Mints2u, the settings are under your settings application. what do you mean it isn't working?

I cant use any of these apps i text way too much so this box will be popping up a whole lot. I just use notify and Iblacklist to stop the box from popping up when im playing games and stuff and i answer when im ready.

I have been using QR for a few months now, and as others have said it has transformed the way I use my iPhone. I couldn't imagine life without it :) I use about 100 voice minutes a month but thousands of texts.

@Shon
it isn't included but it's free. Go into cydia or rock and search simpsons fontswap :) download it and it will then load into fontswap. You can download tons of additional fonts by Just searching fontswap in cydia.

Thanks so much, love the font! and the review! picked up quickreply also, how come you arent on twitter? I went looking for you and asked @JFSikora how to get in contact to ask you, but apparently you read the comments! :0)

Does this only work for the default sms app, or can it be used on alternative apps, like textfree? I have an itouch and would like this function, but i dont have the default app.

There is evidently the bunch for you to identify in regards to this. We believe you've made various nice ideas on features as well.

I wouldn't waste your time with this one. Trust Me, I have.
As of October 2011 it is still crashing the SpringBoard. I have gone round and round with this POS APP. QuickReply is crashing the Springboard. I have been all over forums and I've looked into it repeatedly.
I used it on iPhone 3G& 3GS; with iOS 3.x and 4.0 (on the 3GS). I've also used it with iPhone4 running 4.x and 5.0. Crashed. every time. Every phone, every version of the software. It's the only common denominator. I have trouble shot the sh*t out of it. I've uninstalled / re-installed numerous apps over the past 18-20 months and every time I eventually confirm that QuikReply is the culprit. It isn't stable. It's too bad too. it's an awesome app that does a great job but I can't live with the crashing constantly. I just uninstalled it and I will never re-install without an endorsement and a note from the creators of Quick Reply that they solved the issue.
10/26/2011

I wouldn't waste your time with this one. Trust Me, I have.
As of October 2011 it is still crashing the SpringBoard. I have gone round and round with this POS APP. QuickReply is crashing the Springboard. I have been all over forums and I've looked into it repeatedly.
I used it on iPhone 3G& 3GS; with iOS 3.x and 4.0 (on the 3GS). I've also used it with iPhone4 running 4.x and 5.0. Crashed. every time. Every phone, every version of the software. It's the only common denominator. I have trouble shot the sh*t out of it. I've uninstalled / re-installed numerous apps over the past 18-20 months and every time I eventually confirm that QuikReply is the culprit. It isn't stable. It's too bad too. it's an awesome app that does a great job but I can't live with the crashing constantly. I just uninstalled it and I will never re-install without an endorsement and a note from the creators of Quick Reply that they solved the issue.
10/26/2011

I cant seem to find quick reply on cydia ?help i found Bite sms however i dont like how the picture is not cornerd like quick reply