How to Schedule Text Messages on Android and iOS

How to Schedule Text Messages on Android and iOS

You know what they say: timing is everything, even when it comes to an SMS. After all, the last thing you want is texting your boss late at night lest you forget him tomorrow. Well, you can save yourself some trouble by scheduling the message instead.


How to schedule text messages on Android and i OS

Whether you have an Android or an iPhone, you can send delayed text messages and forget about them. This article will explain how to schedule messages on iPhone, Samsung, and other Android devices. So let’s get started.

How to schedule text messages on Android

If you’re using Android, you probably have Google Messages as the default messaging app on your phone. And if so, here’s how you can schedule a text message using the Google Messages app on Android.

Step 1: Open the Messages app on your phone. Use the Start Conversation button to create a new conversation or open an existing conversation to enter your message.

Android messaging app


Android messaging app

2nd step: Now press and hold the Send button until a “Schedule Send” window appears. Choose from the hours available to send a message.

To note: If pressing and holding the send button doesn’t display the scheduled sending window, try updating the Messages app from the Google Play Store first.

New message


New message

Schedule sending on Android


Schedule sending on Android

You can also use the date and time picker to set a scheduled time for the message.

Date picker for message calendar


Date picker for message calendar

Time selector for scheduling messages


Time selector for scheduling messages

Step 3: Once done, a small clock will appear on the Send button, indicating that this is a scheduled message. Click this Send button and the message will be scheduled.

Send programming message on Android


Send programming message on Android

Schdeuled message on Android


Schdeuled message on Android

Once sent, the message will have a clock icon next to it. You can use it to make changes to the scheduled message. For example, you choose to update the message text or change its schedule by selecting the Update message option.

Additionally, you can also choose to send the message immediately or delete it completely.

Edit Android scheduled message


Edit Android scheduled message

That’s all there is to schedule messages in the Messages app on Android. Note that your phone must be connected to the Internet for SMS programming to work.

How to schedule text messages on Samsung

If you have a Samsung phone, it comes with the Samsung Messages app preinstalled instead of Google Messages. Fortunately, you won’t have to change as Samsung Messages can schedule messages for quite some time now. This is how it works.

Step 1: Open the Samsung Messages app on your phone. Tap the compose message button or open any existing conversation.

Compose a message in Samsung Messages


Compose a message in Samsung Messages

2nd step: Tap the + icon to the left of the text field and select the Schedule Message option.

Samsung messaging app


Samsung messaging app

Schedule a message on Samsung Messages


Schedule a message on Samsung Messages

Step 3: Enter the preferred time and date, then tap Done. Now type the message into the text field before pressing the Send button.

Delayed message on Samsung phone


Delayed message on Samsung phone

Schdeuled message on Samsung phone


Schdeuled message on Samsung phone

That’s it. Your message is now programmed. Like Google Messages, if you want to make changes to the message before it’s sent, tap the message and choose from the options available to send it now, delete, or edit the message.

How to Schedule Text Messages on iPhone

While scheduling messages on iPhone isn’t as straightforward as it is on Android, it is still possible. The iPhone’s default messaging app has no function to schedule SMS, but you can take advantage of the Shortcut app on your iPhone to send a delayed SMS from your iPhone. Here’s how to do it.

Step 1: Launch the Shortcuts app on your iPhone. While the Shortcut app is preinstalled on devices running iOS 13 or later. If your device is running on an older version, you will need to download the Shortcuts app from the App Store.

I Phone App Shortcuts


I Phone App Shortcuts

2nd step: Switch to the Automation tab and press the Create personal automation button. Then select the “Time of day” option from the next screen and choose a preferred time to send the message.

Create personal automation


Create personal automation

New automation


New automation

Step 3: Under Repeat, select the Monthly option and choose a date you want to send the message. Then tap Next in the top right corner.

Set the time and date for the new automation


Set the time and date for the new automation

Step 4: On the next screen, tap the Add Action button and tap the Apps option from the menu that appears.

Add actions in the Shortcuts app


Add actions in the Shortcuts app

Actions menu in the Shortcuts application


Actions menu in the Shortcuts application

Step 5: Scroll down to find and tap the Messages app. Here, tap on Send Message option.

Select the Messages app


Select the Messages app

Schedule a message on i Phone


Schedule a message on i Phone

Step 6: Now modify the Message and Recipient fields before clicking Next. Check the details of the message and click Done.

Enter the details of the message programmed on i Phone


Enter the details of the message programmed on i Phone

Message details


Message details

Later, you can edit the details of the messages by tapping on it.

Automation in shortcuts


Automation in shortcuts

Change automation on shortcuts


Change automation on shortcuts

Once done, the iPhone will send the message at the scheduled time. However, a big caveat with this method is that it is about automation. Thus, the message will be sent to the person on the selected date each month.

So, be sure to remove the automation after the message is sent. To remove automation, swipe right to left on automation.

Other than that, the method seems to work fine while sending scheduled messages from your iPhone.

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As we just saw, almost all phones today support delayed messages one way or the other. Besides the methods mentioned above, there are plenty of dedicated third-party apps like Do it Later, Pulse SMS, Textra, and more that claim to get the job done efficiently. With these apps, you also get additional benefits like scheduling emails, tweets, fake phone calls, etc.

Last updated on August 26, 2021

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