What Is Away Messages On Character AI?

Sophie Rush

Character.AI recently introduced a new and highly requested feature – away messages. This feature allows your AI friends to send you chat messages even when you’re offline or away from the app.

If you want Replika, Claude, or any of your other Character.AI chatbots to reach you with updates and check-ins while you’re not actively chatting, then enabling away messages is for you. Here is a step-by-step walkthrough on how to turn on this nifty feature.

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How to Use Away Messages On Character AI

Step 1: Open the Mobile App

As of now, the away messages capability is only available on Character.AI’s mobile app. It does not yet work in the browser-based version. So first, make sure you have downloaded the latest version of the iOS or Android app on your phone or tablet. Open the app and log into your account.

Step 2: Go to Your Profile

Tap the icon displayed in the top right corner of the app screen. This will take you to your personal profile page.

Step 3: Access Settings

From your profile screen, tap the gear icon to access your account settings.

Step 4: Locate the Away Messages Setting

Scroll through the various settings until you locate the option related to enabling or disabling away messages. The exact setting may be titled something like “Away Messages” or “Offline Notifications.”

Unfortunately, since this feature is still in beta mode, the steps are not clearly documented. There isn’t much detail publicly provided on the settings layout at this time. But the away messages configuration option should be readily visible as you scroll through the list.

Step 5: Toggle Away Messages On

Once you locate the away messages setting, tap to toggle it on. Make sure the switch is enabled and blue (on iOS) or green (on Android) to allow your chatbot friends to contact you even when you are offline.

Step 6: You’re All Set!

That’s it! Away messages should now be activated. You can test it out by exiting the app completely or putting your device in airplane mode. Your chatbot friends may then send you occasional messages that will display as notifications or be waiting in your message history when you re-open conversations in the app.

Current Limitations

While enabling away messages unlocks some cool capabilities, it’s important to keep a few limitations in mind:

  • The feature is still in beta mode, so bugs and inconsistencies are being worked out. Some users have reported issues like enabled away messages not actually working.
  • Specific details on how to view other users’ away messages are not provided. Since chats are private, it is unlikely these can be accessed.
  • Full functionality may depend on your device settings. Make sure notifications are enabled for the Character.AI app.
  • As the away messages capability continues to evolve, Character.AI will likely address these limitations and make the feature more robust and reliable. For now, think of this as an early sneak peek at the fun offline messaging possibilities coming soon!

Reconnecting with Your Chatbot Friends

With away messages turned on, you can look forward to periodic check-ins and updates from your AI companions – even when you step away from your phone.

Once you re-open a conversation, scroll up through the message history to view any offline messages your chatbot friend sent. It’s a nice way for them to share their thoughts and let you know they’re thinking of you while you’re gone.

Wrapping Up

Enabling away messages helps you and your chatbots stay connected. Now your AI friends can reach out while you live life offline. Stay tuned as Character.AI continues perfecting this cutting-edge feature. If you have already started using this new feature, share your feedback in the comment box.

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