Whether you have friends or family members who work and live differently than you or send birthday messages more belated than you’d like, the ability to schedule text messages in advance is an incredibly useful feature.

Scheduling texts in Android used to be a rare feature, but now there are several apps that you can use to design messages to be sent later, even in the standard Android SMS apps.

Schedule texts on Samsung smartphones

Samsung Galaxy and Note smartphone users can schedule text messages using Samsung’s standard SMS app preinstalled on these smartphones:

  1. Open the Samsung SMS app
  2. Compose your SMS
  3. Tap the “+ ” Click the button next to the text box or the three dots in the top right corner of the screen to open the calendar
  4. Select the date and time
  5. Tap “Send” to plan.

Schedule texts in Android messages

Most non-Samsung Android phones can schedule texts in the standard Android messaging app. We covers the planning and editing of texts in Android messages When it was tested late last year, the feature is now available on all phones with Android 7.0 or higher. Google made a handy animation on how text scheduling works in Android messages. However, you may need to update your system and app before you can use it.

Other apps that you can use to schedule texts

When Samsung Messages is not available on your phone and you cannot use Android Message’s new scheduler tool, Telegram and Pulse SMS are a couple of alternatives that might work instead.

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How to plan texts in the telegram

  1. Open Telegram and open / start a chat with the person you are scheduling a message for.
  2. Enter the message as you normally would.
  3. Long press to plan “Send” to open the sending options. Choose “Schedule message.”
  4. Select the date and time you want to send the message.
  5. Tap “Send” to confirm. Your text will be sent automatically when the time comes.

If you want to edit or delete scheduled Telegram text, open the conversation and tap on the calendar icon to view all unsent messages. Tap one to edit the message, adjust the date, or delete it.

How to schedule texts in Pulse SMS

  1. In Pulse SMS, tap the orange “+” Click the button and then select the contact you want to send as text.
  2. In the conversation window, tap on the symbol with the three vertical dots in the upper right corner and then on “Schedule a message.”
  3. Set the date and time using the calendar interface
  4. Compose your message. When you’re done, tap “Add” to plan.

To view, edit, or delete a scheduled message in Pulse SMS, select Scheduled Messages from the sidebar menu. Select the conversation and long press an unsent message. Choose “To edit“To edit the text, or”Clear”To delete the scheduled message.

Use IFTTT to plan texts

This method of scheduling texts is a little more complicated than scheduling a text directly via Pulse SMS. However, if you don’t want to switch to a brand new SMS app, the job is done.

You can schedule a text message with this IFTTT applet when a Google Calendar event is triggered. The only requirements are an IFTTT account linked to the required apps (IFTTT will request permission if you haven’t already linked to suitable accounts / apps). Just use the links above and follow the on-screen instructions to set up the message.

Use alarms or calendar reminders

This last suggestion is only half a thing as you will have to work through the text and submit it yourself. However, a reminder with a pre-written message is better than nothing.

Although you can’t schedule and send a text message directly from Google Calendar, you can still use it to set event reminders to send a text for special occasions. You can even write a draft of the text you want to send in the Notes section when you set up the reminder. This allows you to copy and paste the text when it is time to finalize your sending.

This post was originally published in 2018 and was updated on February 25, 2021 with a new header image, additional information about Android messages, and new alternatives for scheduling texts.