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How to schedule a text message on your iPhone using the Shortcuts app

While iPhones are well known for the iMessage feature, which allows you to send and receive text messages. While iMessaging has its restrictions and only Apple users have access to it, there is still the texting option that allows texting between users and non-users. However, these may require a mobile carrier fee or plan.

When texting, you can easily forget about a text or send a text at the right time. You can avoid this situation in future cases if you start scheduling your text messages. This is how you can schedule a text message on your iPhone.

How to schedule a text message using the Shortcuts app

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

Step 1: On your iPhone 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 will see a ‘+’ sign in the upper right corner. Tap the ‘Create Personal Automation’ button or the ‘+’ sign.

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

Step 5: Select your preferred time of day on the When page by touching the time icon.

Step 6: If it is a recurring message, choose from the Daily, Weekly, and Monthly options 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 at the top right of the page.

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

Step 10: Touch the search bar and search for Send message.

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

Step 12: On the Actions page, tap the message text highlighted in blue and type your text.

Step 13: After writing your text, tap the Recipients text highlighted in blue. This will open a popup window.

Step 14: Within the To field of the pop-up window, enter or search for your preferred message recipients.

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

Step 16: On the Actions page, tap Next.

Step 17: On the Edit Automation page, review your timing and actions settings one more time. If you want the Shortcuts app to notify you when the message is sent, make sure to turn on the “Ask before running” option.

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

At the scheduled time of day, you should receive a notification from the Shortcuts app. This notification would confirm 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 have a use for scheduled text messaging, you can remove the automation from the Shortcuts app. Here’s how to do it:

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

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

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

Stage 4: Touch the Delete button that is displayed.

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

Limitations on the use of the Shortcuts application

To some extent, the Shortcuts app helps to bridge the gap in scheduling a text message. However, automation created in the app has its limitations. The Shortcuts app does not offer an option to send a single message. The time slots available in the Shortcuts app assume that users want to send the same scheduled message, daily, weekly, or monthly. Third-party applications may offer more diversity and flexibility in scheduling your text messages.

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