Family, Technology

Is Your Kid Not Texting You Back? Lock Their Phone With This App!


Do you have a teenager who is rebellious and doesn’t text you back? Well, there’s an app to solve that and it’s called ReplyASAP. This app was released in August 2017 and since then, parents have raved about it! Below, we discuss exactly what the app does and the inspiration behind it.

What Does The App Do?

ReplyASAP allows users to send a message alert regarding anything from returning a text to an appointment reminder. It’s really simple to send an ASAP alert, even if you’re not tech-savvy.  All you have to do is create an alert, type your message, and select a time for it to be sent.

After it’s sent, the message will take over the recipient’s screen and their phone will make noise until they acknowledge it. Even if the phone is on silent, the sound notification will still go off. For parents, the lock screen feature is especially useful because it forces the child to answer your message. Once the recipient reads it, the sender will receive a confirmation. 

The Inspiration Behind ReplyASAP

In a recent Good Housekeeping article, the Dad who created the app discussed his story. His name is Nick Herbert and he has a son named Ben. One day, Nick had had enough of his son not responding back to his text messages. His son’s phone was usually on silent mode, so he couldn’t get a hold of him.

Nick looked for a solution to his problem and couldn’t find any. That’s when he created ReplyASAP. He wanted an application that would send a message and override a phone’s silent mode. 

Below, Nick talks about how he and his son use the app:

“It gives him the freedom to keep his phone on silent, but with the knowledge that I can get a message to him if necessary. He knows when to use it and when I send him a message on it, it will be important.”

During the app designing process, Nick and his son worked together to figure out what should be included.


If you’re the parent of a child that doesn’t return your texts, ReplyASAP is perfect for you! Along with ReplyASAP, it may be a good idea to use a cell phone monitoring software to view what your child’s up to on their phone.

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Mallory Mercer
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