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Time-Saving Tips: How to Schedule Text Messages on Your iPhone

Have you ever wished you could send a text message at a specific time in the future? While iMessage doesn’t offer a built-in feature for scheduling messages, fear not! With a few workarounds, you can easily schedule texts on your iPhone using either the Shortcuts app or third-party applications. In this guide, we’ll walk you through both methods step by step.

Using Shortcuts App

  1. Open Shortcuts App: Launch the Shortcuts app on your iPhone. If you’re running iOS 13 or later, it comes preinstalled. Otherwise, download it from the App Store.
  2. Navigate to Automation Tab: Tap on the “Automation” tab located at the bottom of the screen.
  3. Create Personal Automation: If it’s your first time creating an automation, tap on “Create Personal Automations.” Otherwise, tap on the “+” icon in the upper right corner, then select “Create Personal Automation.”
  4. Select Time of Day: Choose the “Time of Day” option to specify when you want the message to be sent.
  5. Adjust Time and Date: Set the desired time and date for sending the message. Tap “Next” when done.
  6. Add Action: Tap on “Add Action” and select a contact from the “Send Message” section.
  7. Compose Message: Type the message you want to send in the designated field, then tap “Next.”
  8. Review Automation: Double-check the details of your new automation. If you prefer the automation to run automatically without confirmation, toggle off the “Ask Before Running” option.
  9. Finalize Setup: Once satisfied, tap “Done” to complete the setup process. Your message will now be scheduled to send automatically at the specified time and date.

Using Third-Party Apps

If you prefer a more straightforward solution or need non-recurring scheduled messages, third-party apps offer an alternative:

  • Moxy Messenger
  • Reminderbase – SMS Scheduler
  • Carrier Messaging

Each app allows you to create and schedule text messages for one-time or recurring sends. While these apps are free to download, they may offer in-app purchases for additional features.

Can You Schedule an iMessage?

Unfortunately, iMessage does not natively support scheduling text messages. However, with the help of Shortcuts or third-party apps, you can achieve the same result seamlessly.

The Bottom Line

Whether you opt for the Shortcuts app or third-party solutions, scheduling text messages on your iPhone is now within your grasp. Say goodbye to the limitations of immediate messaging and hello to the convenience of timed communication. So go ahead, schedule those birthday wishes, reminders, or important updates hassle-free!

FAQ: iPhone Text Messages

  1. What does the crescent moon icon in my iPhone’s text messages mean?
    • The crescent moon icon next to a contact’s name indicates that you’ve activated the “Do Not Disturb” feature for that conversation. This means you won’t receive notifications for new messages from that person. To turn it off, swipe left on the message and tap the bell icon.
  2. How do you forward a text message on iPhone?
    • Tap and hold the message you want to forward, then select “More” from the menu. Choose “Share” and select a recipient from the “To:” field. Tap “Send” to forward the message. For detailed instructions, check out Lifewire’s comprehensive guide to forwarding texts on iPhone.
  3. How do you block a text message on iPhone?
    • To block texts from a specific contact or phone number, tap their name or number, then tap “More Info.” Select “Info” and scroll down to choose “Block This Caller.” Additionally, you can automatically block messages from unknown senders by going to Settings > Messages > Filter Unknown Senders and enabling the option.
  4. How do you recall a text message on iPhone?
    • Unfortunately, you can’t recall a text message after sending it. However, you may be able to cancel it before delivery by acting quickly. Activate Airplane Mode from the Control Center, which disables all signals in and out of your device. If successful, you’ll see a “Not Delivered” message next to the text.
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