How to Schedule Text Messages on iPhone: Two Methods Explained

Do you tend to forget important dates in the life of your loved ones? You can use 'Send delayed text' Siri Shortcut to schedule messages on your iPhone and iPad. Here are the two methods to send delayed messages on iOS device.

Text message scheduling is a long-awaiting feature iOS users wanted to have on their iPhones and iPads. Until now, people had to rely on third-party apps to send a delayed text. However, with Siri Shortcuts in iOS 12, users can schedule text messages on the iPhone without using an app.

We have tested this shortcut on our iOS devices and it runs smoothly. With a few easy steps, you can use “Send delayed text” Siri Shortcut to schedule messages on your iPhone and iPad.

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How to Schedule Messages on iPhone

Quick access:

Send Delayed Text Messages on iPhone Using Siri Shortcut

Step #1. To get this send delayed text shortcut, you need to visit the download page on your iOS device and tap on Get Shortcut.

Tap on Get Shortcut to download Send delayed text Shortcut on iPhone

Step #2. Once the shortcut is installed in the Library of Shortcuts app, tap on three dots on Send delayed text shortcut.

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Tap on Three dots on Send delayed text shortcut on iPhone

Step #3. Here, you can choose to send your text message to multiple contacts.

Leave other settings as they are; you may want to change the date, but this won’t make any difference. Make sure to turn off the switch next to ‘Show When Run’.

Make sure to Turn Off Show When Run Option in Send delayed text Shortcut

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For settings, you can change name, icon, ‘Add to Siri’ command, etc.

You can change the shortcut name and Add Siri Shortcut on iPhone

When everything is in place, run the shortcut from the Library.

Step #4. Tap on ‘Send delayed text.’

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Tap on Send delayed text in Shortcuts APp

Step #5. Select the contact you want to send a scheduled text message.

Select Contact in send delayed text shortcut

Step #6. Now, Type the message and tap on OK.

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Type the message and tap on OK in send delayed text shortcut

Step #7. Next, you are required to set a date and time. Next, tap on the OK button.

Set Date and Time to Schedule Text Messages on iPhone with Siri Shortcuts

That’s it!

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You have scheduled a text message successfully on your iPhone.

Now, your message will be delivered on the date and time you have selected. For confirmation, you may ask your friend to check his/her Messages app.

I am pretty sure this feature will receive a warm welcome by iPhone users as they can stop using third-party apps.

IMPORTANT: You need to keep the Shortcuts app open in the background; so don’t kill the app otherwise, the app will not deliver your message.

Schedule Text Messages on iPhone Using Scheduled App

Well, all you need to do is just compose the message and then set it to be sent on the desired date.

However, the free version of Scheduled App doesn’t let you send the scheduled messages automatically. To get this functionality, you need to upgrade to the premium version ($2.99).

  • The app has the support for several messaging apps including iMessage/SMS (with Auto Send), Facebook Messenger, Line, Whatsapp, Telegram, Twitter, Slack, WeChat, and LinkedIn.
  • It’s compatible with iOS 10.3 or later. So, ensure that your iPhone or iPad is running the supported iOS version.
  • The app supports several languages including English, Arabic, Croatian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, French, German and more.

Step #1. First off, download the Scheduled app on your iOS device.

Download and Install Scheduled app on your iPhone

Step #2. Now, launch the app and permit it to send you notifications. Tap on Enable Notifications.

Launch Scheduled app and Enable to Notification on iPhone

Note: On the next screen, you will get the option to upgrade to the premium version that lets you automatically send SMS messages, auto send 5 messages a month, and schedule unlimited reminder messages. If you don’t want to go for the pro version, tap on Not Yet.

Tap on Not Yet If you don't want to go for Pro Version on iOS Scheduled App

Step #3. Next, tap on Create Message.

Tap on Create Message in iOS Scheduled App

Note: Then, you need to agree to the terms and conditions. Turn on the switch to the left of “I accept that my personal data is processed as described in the privacy policy”. And then tap on Next. You will also have to verify your phone number.

Accept the Privacy Policy and verify your phone number in iOS Scheduled App

Allow the app to access your contacts. After that, tap on Yay! to continue.

Allow Scheduled app to access your contacts

Step #4. Next, tap on the recipient field and then choose the contact from your contact list.

Tap on Recipient field and then choose the contact in iOS Scheduled App

Step #5. Next, type in a message.

Type the Message in iOS Scheduled App

Once you have typed the message, hit the Schedule Date button and choose the date and time.

Choose your Message date and time in iOS Scheduled App

You can also choose to repeat the message. To do so, tap on Repeat and then select how frequently you want to send the message.

Choose to repeat the message in iOS Scheduled App

Note: If you are using the premium version, you will be able to toggle on the switch next to Auto Send.

Toggle on the switch next to Auto Send in Scheduled app premium version

Step #5. Up next, tap on Schedule Message button.

Tap on Schedule Message to Schedule Text Messages on iPhone

If you are using the premium version of the app, the message will be delivered on the scheduled date and time.

However, if you are using the free version of the app, it will remind you to send the message on the scheduled date.

Simply tap on the notification to open the app and then hit the Send Using button.

Step #6. Up next, you need to choose the preferred medium like iMessage/SMS, Email and more.

Then, send the message as usual.

That’s all there is to it! You can repeat the same steps to schedule more messages.

Signing off…

This two methods are handy for people, who tend to forget birthdays and wedding anniversaries of their loved ones. Now, they can send wishes to their friends and family by using ‘Send delayed text’ shortcut and scheduled app on their iOS devices.

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Dhvanesh Adhiya
Dhvanesh Adhiya is the founder and editor-in-chief who takes care of audio, visual, and textual contents uploaded on He is passionate about wonderful apps that change the way your iPhone interacts in your life.
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