How to Schedule a Text Message on iPhone

We may receive a commission for purchases made through the links on our site. This helps us keep everything up and running.
How to Schedule a Text Message on iPhone

Make sure important messages are scheduled in advance to ensure that there are no mistakes

The ability to schedule important messages can help us save necks. If you have to plan important business or personal messages when you’re working it can save your life. It’s unfortunate that there’s no built-in functionality on the iPhone.

Certain Android users who make the switch to iPhone may feel that they are deprived of this basic feature. However, whether it’s basic or not it’s the fact at the matter is that at present, you can’t directly set up text messages on your iPhone. “Directly” – Do you see the direction we’re taking with this? It’s possible to accomplish this feat in indirect ways.

Use Shortcuts App to Schedule Messages

The shortcuts app lets you create amazing shortcuts for your iPhone. The best part is that you don’t have to design lengthy shortcuts yourself. Shortcuts Gallery Shortcuts Gallery has some pretty cool shortcuts that others have made which you can try.

One of these shortcuts is the ‘DelayedTime iMessage’ shortcut. This shortcut can be used in multiple steps to program messages for your iPhone. All you need to do is open it and, in just only a couple of taps, you’ll be able to return to whatever else you wish to accomplish. Although the shortcut’s name is iMessage, it’s possible to program SMS as well.

NOTE: There is a huge limitation to this shortcut, however. It only works only when your iPhone is not locked. If your phone is in a lock mode, the shortcut will not run in any way, or you’ll receive the error warning. You can utilize the shortcut for scheduling a text message when you’re on your smartphone, playing games or scrolling through Instagram or other social media sites. You know that you’ll use it during the moment.

Getting the Shortcut

Click the link to open the shortcut within your Safari browser, or go to and find the ‘Delayed Time shortcut by you.

Click “Get Shortcut Add your shortcut into your Shortcuts application.

The shortcut will be available within the Shortcuts app. Be sure to have the app installed on your phone however. Click “Add Shortcut after reading the details of the shortcut to download it.

Scheduling a Message

The shortcut will be displayed in the app along with other shortcuts. Click it to launch it. You could also ask Siri to run the shortcut on your behalf by telling her, “Hey Siri, Delayed Time iMessage.”

The shortcut will begin to run. It is only possible to program messages for phone numbers using this shortcut at this point but not emails. Tap “OK” to continue. The contacts will appear. Choose the contact you wish to send your message to.

The next stage is to type in the text message you wish to record and then tap “Done”.

When you run the Shortcut for the initial time, it will also need to grant permissions. The shortcut will request your permission to copy the information to the clipboard. If you select ‘Allow Once then you’ll need to accept this portion the next time after you’ve run the shortcut. Always allow in case you don’t encounter an issue with the shortcut you’ve copied to your clipboard. If you press “Don’t Allow”, the shortcut will cease to run.

Then, select your date, time and the day that you would like to schedule the text for , and then tap “Done”.

That’s all there is to it. The shortcut will be running according to the schedule. Shortcuts application doesn’t have to run in the background to allow the shortcut to be running.

When the shortcut first is running at the time it was scheduled to run the permission banner will be displayed in your display. If you choose to tap ‘Allow’, the shortcut will run. Allow the shortcut to run’, it will begin running from this moment onwards without needing to ask permission to transmit the message automatically. Selecting ‘Allow Once’ will open the option the next time you make use of the shortcut to schedule an email. If you click “Don’t Allow” or swipe the banner away and the shortcut will not run.

NOTE: Even if you select ‘Allow’ when the prompt for permission appears the phone must be unlocked each time you wish to use the shortcut again in the future. It will not ask your permission to run and will do so automatically while the phone remains in an unlocked state.

It might not be the most efficient method of scheduling your text however it’s more efficient than nothing, particularly when you have to plan certain critical texts in order to ensure you are on the safe side.