How to Schedule a Text Message on iPhone

In today’s fast-paced world, we usually forget some key things and sometimes important events. Managing communication efficiently becomes crucial, especially when remembering key events or sending timely reminders. You’ll be glad to know that you can schedule a text message to go out at a specific time.

Here’s a step-by-step guide you can follow to schedule a text message on your iPhone.

Can You Schedule a Text Message on iPhone?

As of February 2024, there’s no official way to schedule text messages on the official Messages app aka iMessage. However, fortunately, you can utilize third-party apps or functionalities.

Shortcuts app is one of the best workarounds we can use to schedule a prewritten message. The app works on iPhones running on iOS 13 or newer, you can freely download the app from the App Store.

How to Schedule a Text Message on iPhone using Shortcuts app

Using Shortcuts app you can create an automation to schedule a text message. However, the process of creating a personal automation on the app isn’t as easy as you think so if you want to schedule a text, you can follow these steps.

Step 1: Open Shortcuts app on your iPhone.

Step 2: Select Automation option from the bottom bar.

Step 3: Tap on New Automation button, if there’s no automation available, or you can tap + icon.

How to Schedule a Text Message on iPhone

Step 4: Select Time of Day option.

Step 5: Choose the time when you would like to schedule your prewritten text message.

Step 6: Now choose the month and day by scrolling down.

Step 7: Tap Next at the top corner and choose the Action for your automation.

Step 8: Select Send Message option or you can search for it if the shortcut is not showing, then tap Next.

How to Schedule a Text Message on iPhone

Step 9: Now type your message inside the Message field and select the recipient. You can add multiple recipients by tapping + icon.

Step 10: Tap Done button at the top right corner.

Step 11: Now tap on the automation you recently created and then choose Run Immediately under Automation option and tap done.

How to Schedule a Text Message on iPhone

Keep in mind that this automation will send the same text to the same person at the same time every month. So, you should delete the automation once its purpose has been fulfilled.

How to Disable or Delete Scheduled Message

There are times when we only want to send a reminder one time and if that is the case, you must disable or delete the scheduled text message inside the Shortcuts app, here’s how you can do it.

Delete the Automation:

Step 1: Open Shortcuts app and tap on Automation tap at the bottom.

How to Schedule a Text Message on iPhone

Step 2: You will see your personal automation, swipe the Schedule Message automation to the left, and Delete option will appear.

Step 3: Tap Delete, that’s it.

Disable the Automation:

Step 1: If you want to disable the Automation, tap on the schedule message automation.

Step 2: Under the Automation tab, select the Don’t Run option, that’s it.

Now your automation will not run next month, you can enable it in the future when you want.

Schedule a Text Message on iPhone using a Third-Party App

Messages on iPhone or iMessage is a great communication app, but it doesn’t allow users to schedule a text. This is the reason we use Shortcuts to create an automation for a delayed message.

Shortcuts is one of the best and free options to schedule a text on iPhone. We have outlined the process to create an automation for it in an easy, step-by-step manner. However, if you prefer, you can also explore third-party apps for this purpose.

Each app works differently, for example, Scheduled app also creates a shortcut and requires you to verify your phone number during setup. The app offers four different plans – Basic, Premium, Business, and Free.

So, if you want to schedule a text on your iPhone, you can use any of these third-party apps or Shortcuts method to create a delayed message.

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Haneet Singh

Haneet is the Founder and Editor-In-Chief of YTECHB. He has a huge passion for tinkering with latest smartphones, wearables, smart home devices, smart TVs, and more. As an avid Apple Ecosystem user, he loves customizing his iPhone and iPad to suit his needs. For tips, you can connect Haneet at In 2019, Haneet and the YTECHB team exclusively shared the wallpapers of iPhone 11 right before the launch event. In 2020, Haneet alongside his team members shared exclusive renders and official photos of two Samsung Galaxy smartphones - the Galaxy M11, and Galaxy M21. Later, the YTECHB team leaks information about Motorola's feature phones and Razr 3. In the last few months, our team shared Galaxy S24 Ultra leaks and more. You may come across his work getting mentioned in The Times of India, India Today, Hindustan Times, NDTV, TechRadar, Digital Trends, Yahoo News, GSMArena, Android Authority, Android Central, Android Headlines, SamMobile, XDA, 9to5Google, and many other publications. He works across news, updates, features, guides, and more. If YTECHB writes about it, you can expect him to be involved in some way.

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