How to Schedule Text Messages on iPhone

In Short
  • You can use the Shortcuts app to schedule text messages on your iPhone.
  • Go to the Shortcuts app -> Automation -> Create Personal Automation and follow the prompts to schedule texts on your iPhone.
  • You can also set a reminder in the Reminders app or use third-party scheduling apps to automate messages.

There can be several instances when you want to schedule text messages on your iPhone. Perhaps you want to wish your friend on his birthday next month or remind your spouse to pick you up from the office every Friday. This is why you should know how to schedule texts on your iPhone. It will allow you to automatically send texts at the exact time when you want to. Just to be crude, there is no direct option to schedule texts on iPhone in the Messages app, something that Android phones have been offering for so long now. Nonetheless, there are some workarounds. So, let’s learn how to schedule text messages on your iPhone so you can send them later.

Method 1: Using Shortcuts App

The Shortcuts app allows you to automate several tasks, including sending scheduled text messages on an iPhone. I usually use the Shortcuts app to automatically enable Low Power mode on my iPhone and automate other repetitive tasks. At first, setting up automation might seem complex and lengthy, but our step-by-step instructions will make it easier for you. Let me show you how to schedule text messages on iPhone using Shortcuts automation:

Note: The Shortcuts app is pre-installed on all iPhones running iOS 13 or later. In case you’ve removed it, you can re-download the Shortcuts app from the App Store.

  • Open the Shortcuts app on your iPhone.
  • Switch to the Automation tab from the bottom of the screen.
  • If it’s your first time creating an automation, tap on Create Personal Automation. Otherwise, tap on the ‘+’ icon on the top right corner.
  • Here, tap on “Time of Day” and set the time for when you want to send an automated text on your iPhone.
  • Next, choose whether you want to schedule the text to go out on a daily, weekly, or monthly basis.
  • If you select weekly or monthly, choose the day of the week or month when you want to send the text automatically.
Create a personal automation in the Shortcuts app
  • Once done, tap on Next from the top-right corner.
  • Tap on Send Message under the Next Action Suggestions.
  • Now, a new window will open asking you to type in your message and choose recipients. Type your personalised message under “Message” and select contacts under “Recipients”.
  • Tap on Next.
Choose action in the shortcut to schedule texts on iPhone
  • Now, if you wish to send the scheduled text on your iPhone automatically, turn off the ‘Ask Before Running’ toggle. If you enable it, the automation will require your confirmation and won’t send the text automatically.
  • Again, tap on Don’t Ask to confirm your decision. You can also choose to be notified when the automation runs.
Schedule Text Messages on iPhone using the Shortcuts app
  • Finish the automation creation by tapping on ‘Done.’

When you want to disable this automation, tap on it, and turn off the “Enable This Automation” toggle. If you wish to delete the scheduled text message automation on your iPhone, simply swipe left on the automation, and hit the Delete button.

Disable or Delete an Automation

Method 2: Using Third-Party Apps

You can also use a third-party app to schedule a text on your iPhone. This method is particularly useful when you don’t want to repeat automation or don’t want the hassle of disabling or deleting them from the Shortcuts app.

The App Store has several free third-party apps like Scheduled, Kyew, Moxy Messenger, and more that allow you to schedule text messages on an iPhone. You can pick the one that you like.

To demonstrate how the process works, we’ll show you how to schedule iMessages on your iPhone using the Scheduled app.

  • Download the Scheduled app from the App Store.
  • Now, open the app and follow the on-screen instructions to get started. You might be asked to accept the terms & conditions, verify your mobile number, and other basic stuff.
  • Once done, you’ll see the Dashboard.
  • Now, switch to the Moments tab from the bottom of the screen and tap on Create Moment.
  • From the list, tap on Automated Chat Message.
Scheduled app for iOS
  • Here, choose the type of message you wish to send like iMessage, WhatsApp, Email, or others. I’ve chosen to schedule iMessage on my iPhone.
  • Now, tap on the “+” icon to add the contacts to whom you wish to send the message.
  • Write your message in the box, set the schedule date, choose the repeat frequency, and hit the Schedule Message button.
Schedule messages on iPhone with third-party app

Method 3: Using Reminders

If you don’t want to download any third-party app or set up a shortcut, you can use the Reminders app as a workaround. It won’t send your text messages at the scheduled time but gives you an option to keep your message ready in advance. You can set a reminder on your iPhone to send the message yourself at the desired time.

  • Open the Reminders app on your iPhone and tap on New Reminder from the bottom left.
  • Now, enter the details like “Text [Name of the person]” in the Title and the message you wish to schedule in the Notes.
  • Next, tap on Details to set the date and time, reminder frequency, and more.
  • Finally, tap on Add from the top-right.
Set a reminder to send messages

Once you get the reminder, simply copy-paste the text in the messages and you’ll be sorted.

That’s how you can schedule text messages on your iPhone. Going forward, you don’t have to worry about forgetting to send important messages on time. Unarguably, it would be great if Apple offered a built-in way of scheduling iMessages and text messages on an iPhone. Until that happens, you can follow the above workarounds to send texts at a later time.

How do you send automated texts on your iPhone? Do share with us in the comments below.

Can you schedule a text on iPhone?

Yes, you can schedule texts on an iPhone and send them out at an exact time. That said, there’s no direct way of doing it. You’ll have to set up an automation using the Shortcuts app, which is available for free on all iPhones.

Can you schedule an iMessage?

Unfortunately, you can’t schedule an iMessage to automatically send it at a later time. However, you can use a third-party scheduling app or set up automation with the Shortcuts app to schedule texts on an iPhone.

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