How to Sched­ule Text Mes­sages on Android and iOS

Pankil Shah

You know what they say: timing is everything, even when it comes to a text message. After all, the last thing you want is to send a late-night text to your boss in fear of forgetting it tomorrow. Well, you can save yourself from 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 post will go through 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 an Android user, you’re probably likely to have Google Messages as the default messaging app on your phone. And if that's the case, here’s how you can schedule a text message using the Google Messages app on Android.

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

Messages App Android

Step 2: Now press and hold the Send button until a ‘Schedule send’ window appears. Choose from the available times to send a message.

Note: If tapping and holding the send button doesn’t bring the Schedule send window, try updating the Messages app from the Google PlayStore first.

New Message
Schedule Send on Android

Alternatively, you can use the date and time picker to set a scheduled time for the message.

Date Picker for Message Schedule
Time Picker for Message Schedule

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

Send Schedule Message on Android
Schdeuled Message on Android

Once sent, the message will have a clock icon next to it. You can use that to make any changes to the scheduled message. For instance, 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 right away or delete it altogether.

Edit Scheduled Message Android

That’s all there’s to schedule messages in the Messages app on Android. Do note that your phone needs to be connected to the internet for the text scheduling to work.

How to Schedule Text Messages on Samsung

If you have a Samsung phone, it comes with the Samsung Messages app pre-installed instead of the Google Messages. Luckily, you won't have to switch as Samsung Messages could schedule messages for quite some time now. Here's how it works.

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

Compose Message in Samsung Messages

Step 2: Tap on the + icon on the left of the text field and select the Schedule message option.

Samsung Messages App
Schedule Message on Samsung Messages

Step 3: Enter the preferred time and date and then tap on Done. Now type in the message in the text field before hitting the Send button.

Delayed Message on Samsung Phone
Schdeuled Message on Samsung Phone

That’s it. Your message is now scheduled. Like Google Messages, if you wish to make any changes to the message before it gets sent, tap on the message and choose from the available options to send it right now, delete or edit the message.

How to Schedule Text Messages on iPhone

While Scheduling messages on iPhone is not as direct as on Android, it’s still possible. iPhone’s default messaging app does not have a feature to schedule texts, but you can take advantage of the Shortcut app on your iPhone to send a delayed text from your iPhone. Here’s how to do it.

Step 1: Launch the Shortcuts app on your iPhone. While the Shortcut app comes pre-installed on devices running iOS 13 or later. If your device is running on an earlier version, you’ll have to download the Shortcuts app from the App Store.

Shortcuts App i Phone

Step 2: Switch to the Automation tab and tap on Create Personal Automation button. Next, select the ‘Time of Day’ option from the following screen and pick a preferred time to send the message.

Create Personal Automation
New Automation

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

Set Time and Date for New Automation

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

Add Actions in Shortcuts App
Actions Menu in Shortcuts App

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

Select Messages App
Schedule Message on i Phone

Step 6: Now edit the Message and Recipient fields before hitting Next. Review the message details and click on Done.

Enter Schedule Message Details on i Phone
Message Details

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

Automation in Shortcuts
Edit Automation on Shortcuts

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

Thus, make sure to delete the automation once the message is sent. To delete the automation, swipe from right to left on the automation.

Apart from that, the method seems to work flawlessly while sending scheduled messages from your iPhone.

On-Time Every Time

As we just saw, almost all the phones today support delayed messages one way or the other. Besides the methods mentioned above, many dedicated third-party apps like Do it Later, Pulse SMS, Textra, etc., claim to do the job effectively. With these apps, you also get some additional perks such as scheduling emails, tweets, fake phone calls, and more.


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Pankil Shah

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Pankil Shah

Pankil is a Civil Engineer by profession who started his journey as a writer at EOTO.tech. He recently joined Guiding Tech as a freelance writer to cover how-tos, explainers, buying guides, tips and tricks for Android, iOS, Windows, and Web.