1. brothman01's Avatar
    I was using an Android phone before and I switched back to iPhone (which I used to use before the Android) and I cannot seem to find a feature that allows me to schedule a text message to be sent at a certain time which was a functionality that I used on the Android multiple times every day.

    I found two "solutions" but neither of them is ok with me:

    1. The Scheduled App. https://apps.apple.com/us/app/schedu...p/id1145815975

    They claim that for $3.95 per month they will do this for me. I will not pay for this basic functionality. I already paid quite a lot for the phone, now I am just trying to use it in a useful way.

    2. This shortcuts app extension <link removed, cannot be verified>

    This just plain does not work unless I keep the phone unlocked and the shortcuts app in the foreground which means I cannot do anything else while I wait which defeats the whole purpose.

    Has anyone found a way to schedule text messages to be sent later that works and does not cost extra money or cause great inconvenience? I was so disappointed when I found this issue and I am hoping that I just overlooked something important.
    Last edited by Lee_Bo; 08-11-2020 at 10:50 AM.
    08-11-2020 10:08 AM
  2. Lee_Bo's Avatar
    Good morning, @brothman01. Welcome to iMore.

    Unfortunately there aren't any 1st party apps that do what you are looking for. Honestly, I don't know a lot of people who want to send delayed text messages.

    The other thing is, many developers are moving to a subscription based platform. You have two choices; pay the subscription, or don't. But that' the wave of the future.

    One more quick mention. Careful on the links you post. If they can't be verified, they'll get removed.

    When you get a moment, stroll on over to the new members section and introduce yourself to the community:
    https://forums.imore.com/new-forums-...yourself-here/
    Hope this helped.
    08-11-2020 10:54 AM
  3. Wotchered's Avatar
    why would you need to do this ? the only reasons I can think of are not too good !
    calebt and kataran like this.
    08-11-2020 03:23 PM
  4. Annie_M's Avatar
    why would you need to do this ? the only reasons I can think of are not too good !
    My thoughts exactly!
    kataran likes this.
    08-11-2020 05:31 PM
  5. Mars20's Avatar
    why would you need to do this ? the only reasons I can think of are not too good !

    Someone might want to schedule a message after the recipient had come out of a meeting or exam or even operation for instance.
    JML5150 likes this.
    08-12-2020 03:14 AM
  6. JML5150's Avatar
    I too have been hoping for  to add some more power user functionality to messages, instead of childish Memoji. Years ago there was a jailbreak app Bite SMS that did this, but is has since been depreciated. On Routine Hub, there are shortcuts but they run through Reminders and aren't automated, meaning they have to ask for your permission to send your message.
    08-12-2020 11:19 AM
  7. JML5150's Avatar
    My thoughts exactly!

    As a retail manager I work crazy hours and different shifts daily. If I'm closing one night and forget to leave a message for the opening manager I can schedule that text for 5am or whatever time, versus having to get up and trying to call the store. Or you could schedule a daily message to your significant other, totally automated and not disturb your workflow. It has been extremely useful when I have done it.
    Annie_M, Mars20 and jfs101 like this.
    08-12-2020 11:25 AM
  8. gnirkatto's Avatar
    Funny how so many responses to feature requests always are "who needs this?".
    I guess nobody would post a question here without a 'need' or at least a 'desire'?

    Why did I come here?

    Tomorrow it will be a good friend's birthday.
    I use to send her a congratulatory message every year.
    I will join a party tonight, which will last endlessly, and the one or the other beer will have to be consumed.
    Now I'm afraid that I'll sleep late tomorrow, forget about the birthday, and overlook all kinds of reminders that I set already.
    So I would like to schedule a message today, to be sent tomorrow.
    Nope.

    Just one silly example for why one might need this. And there are more/better/more serious ones.

    By the way, Spark, my email client of choice, allows for scheduling of emails. Apparently there is need? Doesn't help my case though, as an email won't cut it!
    08-14-2020 08:18 AM
  9. Annie_M's Avatar
    After reading more replies, I admit that my response was “short-sighted”! It’s a good lesson to learn! Just because I cannot see a reason or use for something, doesn’t mean that there isn’t one!
    08-14-2020 08:29 AM
  10. Wotchered's Avatar
    My wife gawd bless ‘er,would have spotted an automatic text the second time she got one ! talk about making a rod for my own back ! The other thing, the message handing the baton on, you send it now, the recipient does not have to open it yet and if any sense has left the phone downstairs or turned it off !
    08-14-2020 10:19 AM
  11. Lee_Bo's Avatar
    Tomorrow it will be a good friend's birthday.
    I use to send her a congratulatory message every year.
    I will join a party tonight, which will last endlessly, and the one or the other beer will have to be consumed.
    Now I'm afraid that I'll sleep late tomorrow, forget about the birthday, and overlook all kinds of reminders that I set already.
    So I would like to schedule a message today, to be sent tomorrow.
    Nope.
    I’d rather get a text message like “Happy belated birthday. Sorry, got drunk at your party last night and slept late this morning” than a scheduled text.
    08-15-2020 07:44 AM
  12. gnirkatto's Avatar
    I’d rather get a text message like “Happy belated birthday. Sorry, got drunk at your party last night and slept late this morning” than a scheduled text.
    And what will tell you that a text was scheduled?
    comiken205 likes this.
    08-16-2020 08:00 AM

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