Text message scheduling can be a requirement for almost anyone these days and there is an endless list of reasons to go with it. The number of applications it can have is incredible and you can use it to expand your own versatility and even get the freedom of mind for some time. However, even though this technology exists, very few people are actively aware of it and even fewer actually use it. Therefore, if someone came and asked us how to schedule a text message, we would not be surprised. If you are snooping about the process involved and want to try using it, this guide will explain everything you need to know. Keep reading to find out more.
Default Scheduling Options
Before we move to more complicated and feature-rich options, let us look at what the default options are on the two popular platforms: iOS and Android.
Starting with Android, most phones use the same SMS apps that Google provides in its stock app. To send a scheduled SMS, the first thing you do is open the SMS drafting page and write the SMS you want to schedule. Typically, this is done by opening the conversation that you want to send it to. In the box where you have added the text, you will need to tap on the “+” icon that you will see next to the send button.
When you tap it, a menu will open, allowing you to add different elements to your SMS, including contacts, pictures, gifs, etc. You will also find the option to add time and when you tap that, you can select the date and time when you want the SMS to be sent. Once you are done, you can tap the send button and the app will put your message on hold until the time you want to send it.
Unfortunately, there is no lengthy explanation in this part because Apple does not provide the option to schedule messages. This is applicable for both the SMS feature and iMessage. However, if you still want to have a native solution to this problem, you can add your message to reminders. Set a reminder with the title being the person you want to send the SMS to. In the body of the reminder, you can add the body of the text. After that, you can set the time for the reminder and then copy the text from the reminder and send it to your intended recipient. While this will solve the problem of forgetting to some extent, you will still need to be available to finish the job yourself.
Third Party Apps
Both Android and iOS have third-party solutions that you can use to send scheduled SMS. The process is virtually the same for Android phones as you can change the default SMS app. Most of the apps have the same APIs and fundamental designs so that you can follow the same guidelines. If you choose a different app, then you can still look for the help section in the app and find out what the process is for sending scheduled SMS.
As for iPhone, you will need to use apps like Scheduled which allow you to schedule SMS sending. However, this app also lets you to send a text to other messaging apps like WhatsApp. However, this still only schedules an SMS for you and does not actually send it. You do have the option of sending automatically but that requires a purchase.
It is pretty clear that Android is much better at sending scheduled SMS than iOS. However, there are quite a few security concerns involved, especially when you use third-party solutions, so keep that in mind.