How to Schedule a Text Message on Your iPhone Using the Shortcuts App

How to Schedule a Text Message on Your iPhone Using the Shortcuts App

While iPhones are known for iMessage, which lets you send and receive texts, there is still the option to send texts between users and non-users, although this may require a mobile carrier fee or plan.

To avoid forgetting to send a text or sending it at an inappropriate time, you can schedule your text messages on your iPhone. Here’s how.

How to Schedule a Text Message Using the Shortcuts App

Currently, the Messages app on iPhone does not have a feature to schedule messages. However, if you have the latest iOS update on your iPhone, you can create an automated feature on the Shortcuts app to help with this. Here’s how to do so:

Step 1: On your iPhone’s home screen, tap the Shortcuts app to launch it.

Step 2: At the bottom of the Shortcuts app, tap the Automation tab.

Step 3: If you’ve never used the Automation tab before, you’ll see a ‘Create Personal Automation’ button. However, if you have used the Automation tab before, you’ll see a ‘+’ sign at the top-right corner. Tap the ‘Create Personal Automation’ button or ‘+’ sign.

Step 4: On the New Automation page, tap the ‘Time of Day’ option.

Step 5: Select your preferred Time of Day on the When page by tapping the time icon.

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Step 6: If it is a recurrent message, choose among the options of Daily, Weekly, and Monthly for the frequency.

Step 7: If you select weekly or monthly as your repeat frequency, you will get additional options to choose the start date or day.

Step 8: After selecting your time and frequency, tap Next on the top right of the page.

How to Schedule a Text Message on Your iPhone Using the Shortcuts App

Step 9: On the Actions page, tap Add Action to view available actions and apps.

How to Schedule a Text Message on Your iPhone Using the Shortcuts App

Step 10: Tap the search bar and search for “Send Message.”

How to Schedule a Text Message on Your iPhone Using the Shortcuts App

Step 11: Tap Send Message from the results, which will take you back to the Actions page.

How to Schedule a Text Message on Your iPhone Using the Shortcuts App

Step 12: On the Actions page, tap the Message text and type your text.

Step 13: After typing your text, tap the Recipients text. This will launch a pop-up.

How to Schedule a Text Message on Your iPhone Using the Shortcuts App

Step 14: In the To field, enter or search for your preferred recipients.

How to Schedule a Text Message on Your iPhone Using the Shortcuts App

Step 15: Tap Done after selecting the recipient to return to the Actions page.

How to Schedule a Text Message on Your iPhone Using the Shortcuts App

Step 16: On the Actions page, tap Next.

How to Schedule a Text Message on Your iPhone Using the Shortcuts App

Step 17: Review your time settings and actions on the Edit Automation page. If you want the Shortcuts app to notify you when the message is sent, enable the toggle for ‘Ask Before Running.’

How to Schedule a Text Message on Your iPhone Using the Shortcuts App

Step 18: Confirm your new automation settings by tapping Done.

How to Schedule a Text Message on Your iPhone Using the Shortcuts App

At the scheduled time, you should receive a notification from the Shortcuts app. This notification will ask if you want to send the message. Tap Run to start the automation.

How to Delete a Scheduled Text Message From the Shortcuts App

If you no longer need the scheduled text message, delete the automation from the Shortcuts app. Here’s how:

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Step 1: Tap the Shortcuts app on your iPhone’s home screen.

How to Schedule a Text Message on Your iPhone Using the Shortcuts App

To review a text, we should start by eliminating any redundant words or phrases to make the content more concise and impactful. This involves looking out for repetitive ideas, redundant adjectives, or any phrasing that can be simplified without losing the original meaning. The objective is to enhance readability and clarity while maintaining the integrity and tone of the original text.

How to Schedule a Text Message on Your iPhone Using the Shortcuts App

Step 3: On the Automation page, you will see a list of all your shortcuts. Swipe left on the Send Message automation.

How to Schedule a Text Message on Your iPhone Using the Shortcuts App

Tap the Delete button shown.

How to Schedule a Text Message on Your iPhone Using the Shortcuts App

After tapping the delete button, the automation should no longer be available.

Limitations of Using the Shortcuts App

The Shortcuts app helps bridge the gap in scheduling a text message. However, it has its limitations. The app does not provide an option to send a one-off message. The time intervals available on the app assume that users want to send the same scheduled message daily, weekly, or monthly. Third-party apps may offer more diversity and flexibility in scheduling your text messages.

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