The Apple Watch allows you to send text messages with your voice through the Messages app. But every time you do, it’ll ask you whether you want to send a message as text or as a voice recording. Here’s how to get rid of that prompt.

When using my Apple Watch to send text messages, I always like to send them as regular texts–I never want to send voice recordings to people. So, instead of answer this prompt every time, I’ve set my watch to send all messages as text automatically. (Of course, if you prefer to send voice messages, you can set it to do that by default too.)

NOTE: You cannot send a text message as audio if the person receiving the message does not have an iPhone.

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This option must be changed on your iPhone, so tap the “Watch” app on the Home screen.

Make sure the “My Watch” screen is active. If not, tap the “My Watch” icon at the bottom of the screen.

On the “My Watch” screen, tap “Messages”.

Tap “Audio Messages” on the “Messages” screen. The currently selected option displays to the right of “Audio Messages”.

On the “Audio Messages” screen, tap “Always Dictation” to always send your text messages as text or “Always Audio” to always send them as audio. As I mentioned, I always send my messages as text, so I tap “Always Dictation”.

Now, you can create a new text message on your watch and you won’t see the “Send as Audio/Send as Text” screen. The appropriate format is automatically inserted into your text message.

So, now you can save yourself a bit of time if you always send text messages in the same format.

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