How to schedule WhatsApp messages on iPhone: 3 Ways

Written By Mahit Reviewed By How-to iPhone 5 Min Read

WhatsApp has added a slew of interesting features in the recent past. However, the popular messaging app lacks a fairly important feature – message scheduling. Putting things into perspective, you have no option but to wake up at midnight to wish “Happy Birthday” to your friends.

Thankfully, there are multiple workarounds to schedule WhatsApp messages on iPhone. Some involve using Siri Shortcuts or a specific version of WhatsApp. Let us take a closer look and help you ease your worries!

How to schedule WhatsApp messages on iPhone

Siri Shortcut is a great way to automate your workflow. The dedicated Siri Shortcut app is a treasure cove of productivity. Did you know you can schedule WhatsApp messages using the Shortcuts app? Here’s how to do it:

  1. Open Shortcuts on iPhone.
  2. Navigate to Automation using the tab.
  3. Tap + to create a new Shortcut.
  4. Select Create Personal Automation.

    Create Personal Automation in Shortcut app on iPhone
  5. Now, specify the time and day of the week.
  6. Tap Time of Day and specify the exact time.
    Tip: For recurring tasks, Select frequency (Daily, Weekly, or Monthly.)
  7. Tap NextAdd Action.
  8. Select Send Message from WhatsApp.

    Choose Add Action in shortcut app on iPhone
  9. Tap Message.
    Enter the WhatsApp message that you want to send.
  10. Hit NextDone.

    Schedule WhatsApp message on iPhone with Shortcuts Automation

That’s it! With the power of Shortcuts, you can schedule messages on WhatsApp for up to one week. Want to schedule a message for a longer duration? Well, you can use Auto Message as detailed in the next section.

Schedule WhatsApp messages using Auto Message shortcut

Auto Message is a powerful shortcut. You can create an individual message, group message, mass message, dictate the auto message, and manage groups with Auto Message. Unfortunately, it is also complicated. However, I feel it is worth the pain.

  1. Download the Auto Message shortcut from icloud.com.
  2. Run Auto Message in the Shortcuts app.
    Now, you should see the welcome screen with No List Found! message.

    Run Auto Message in Shortcuts app on iPhone
  3. Open the Reminders app → create a New List → name it Auto Message.
  4. Exit the Reminder app.
  5. Open Shortcuts and run Auto Message.
  6. Select Create Individual Message from the pop-up.

    Create Individual Message from the pop-up on iPhone
  7. Tap Custom Contact.
  8. Enter Contact name (case sensitive.)
  9. Type or paste a message in the scripting option.
    You can attach media in the next step.

    Type or paste a message in the scripting option in Shortcut app on iPhone
  10. Choose the date and time.
  11. Select Always Allow.
  12. Verify details and tap Done.

    Schedule WhatsApp Message on iPhone using Auto Message
  13. Tap the Reminder Notification to send the message.

Voila! Auto Message will send a message to your contact at the scheduled time. Sometimes the shortcut crashes, and you have to start all over again.

How to schedule messages on WhatsApp Business

You can avoid all the hassles by using WhatsApp Business. Yes, the enterprise version lets you schedule messages. You have to use the “Away Message” feature for scheduling messages. If you don’t have WhatsApp Business, you can download it from the App Store.

Remember to backup WhatsApp before setting up a business account. Follow these steps to schedule WhatsApp messages on iPhone:

  1. Open WhatsApp Business.
  2. Go to the Settings Menu.
  3. Tap Business Tools.
  4. Select Away Message.
  5. Toggle on Send away message.
    Enter the message in the text field.

    Toggle on Send Away Message on Whatsapp Business on iPhone
  6. Select Only Send to in the Recipients option.
  7. Tap Schedule.
  8. Choose Custom Schedule and specify the start date and end date.

    Schedule WhatsApp Message on WhatsApp Business

Note: There are plenty of WhatsApp scheduler apps like WhatsApp.any.do that remind you to send WhatsApp messages. However, you still need to send the message manually. It doesn’t make much sense to pay a premium just for the reminder feature.

With the above methods, you can schedule birthday wishes or other professional messages well in advance. If you don’t wish to use WhatsApp, you can schedule a text message using Shortcuts. So there is no more stress of waking up at night for your friend’s birthday!

Meanwhile, your loved ones will be amazed how you never forget important days of their lives. Have something to add? Share your secret hack to managing WhatsApp in the comments below.

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By Mahit
Mahit is an engineer by Education with a corporate stint to his name. He ditched the corporate boardroom wars in favor of the technology battleground. For the better part of a decade, he has worked for popular publishing outlets, including Dennis Publishing, BGR India, AppStorm, MakeUseOf, and iPhonehacks.
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