How to Schedule A Text Message on iPhone, Android & More
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Learn How to Schedule a Text Message and Send Delayed Texts on iPhone and Android Devices

If you’ve ever wanted to save time, then perhaps you’ve looked for ways to schedule a text message.

We’re all used to scheduled emails. But can you schedule a text message?

There are a lot of uses for scheduled text messages too, like:


You’ll need to download an app or sign up with a business text messaging platform to schedule text messages.


We’ve rounded up all of your available options for scheduling text messages on iPhone and Android devices. We also include some workarounds and other options for scheduling and automating text messages too.

Read on for more.

Can You Schedule a Text Message on iPhone or Android?

You can't directly schedule a text message on your iPhone. There’s no built-in text message scheduling features for iMessage or iOS devices.


You can download an app or third-party text message scheduling software. Or, you can set yourself a reminder using your native reminder app as a workaround (more on that below).

For Android users, it’s mostly the same story. You’ll need to download an app from the Google Play store to schedule a text message on your Android device. There’s no native SMS scheduling capability for Google Messages.


If you’re a Samsung Android phone user, then you’ve got some different options (more on that below).

Your third option for scheduling text messages on your iPhone or Android is with a business text messaging app.

There’s a host of business text messaging apps out there. And most all of them have text message scheduling, automation, and other features like autoresponders.

They all make it easy to schedule messages automatically from any device. This often includes your iPhone or Android device. Some even allow you to schedule text messages from your desktop computer too.

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How to Schedule a Text Message (By Setting a Reminder) on Your iPhone

You can’t schedule a text on your iPhone. But you can set a reminder for yourself at a scheduled time to send a text message. Here’s how you can compose your message in advance and save some time.

How to schedule a text message reminder on iPhone

  1. Open the Reminders app
  2. Tap “+ New Reminder”
  3. Give your reminder/message a title
  4. Type and compose your text message as a reminder
  5. Add details (optional)
  6. Add it to a list (optional)
  7. Tap the calendar icon to schedule your reminder
  8. Tap Done when you’re finished
  9. Copy the message from your reminder
  10. Paste your message into the Messages app on your iPhone

How to Schedule a Text Message on Android (Samsung Smartphones)

If you're a Samsung Galaxy or Note user, you can natively schedule text messages using your default Samsung SMS app. This feature comes pre-installed on your android phone.

Here's how to use your Samsung Android to schedule a text:

  1. Open the Samsung SMS app
  2. Draft your text message
  3. Tap the “+” button near the text field or the three dots in the top right corner of the screen
  4. The three dots will open the calendar
  5. Select the date and time
  6. Tap “Send” to schedule

Note: The messaging apps that come standard on the Google Pixel and other Android devices don’t have this scheduling feature.

How to Send a Scheduled Text (for Businesses and Organizations)

If you aren’t already sending texts as a business, then you’re missing out. 39% of businesses already use SMS text messaging to connect with their customers. And 76% of customers already receive text messages from businesses.

There are many business text messaging apps out there. But we’d be remiss if we didn’t suggest MessageDesk as an option for sending scheduled texts.

With MessageDesk you can schedule both 1-on-1 and 1-to-many text messages using
Broadcasts. You can even set your message to recur at regular intervals.

How to Schedule a 1-on-1 Text Message Using MessageDesk

  1. Sign up for a MessageDesk account
  2. Navigate to the Inbox.
  3. Select an open conversation or start a new one by clicking "New Message" to select the contact
  4. Compose your message inside the message compose panel or insert a pre-saved text message template
  5. Click the green paper plane or “Send Button”
  6. Click the "Calendar Icon" to schedule and preview your message
  7. Select your Date/Time
  8. Click "Schedule Message" to confirm your date/time selection
  9. Finally, you'll get a notification that your message is scheduled

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How to Schedule a 1-to-Many Text Message as a MessageDesk Broadcast

  1. Sign up for a MessageDesk account
  2. Navigate to the Broadcasts module and select “New Broadcast”
  3. Select an existing group to send your message to or create a new one
  4. Compose your message inside the message compose panel or insert a pre-saved text message template
  5. Click the "Calendar Icon" to schedule and preview your message
  6. Select your Date/Time
  7. Click "Schedule Broadcast" to confirm your date/time selection
  8. Finally, you'll get a notification that your Broadcast is scheduled

How to Choose the Best SMS Scheduling App for Your Business or Organization

By this point, you may already know that you’re ready for a business SMS service. And that you’ve also got a lot of text scheduler and automation options for your business or organization.

Just starting Googling for “business text messaging app” and you'll find some good options. Each app works for scheduling and allows you to automate your SMS message.


The real question is, “how can you choose the best business SMS scheduler that’s right for you?”

What you should think about first is how the texting platform you choose will save you time and increase efficiency.

The following are the most important factors to consider when choosing a business text messaging app for your business or organization.

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Look for These Features in a Business Text Message Scheduling App:

  1. Easy to use
  2. Uses a local 10-digit phone number
  3. Supports multiple users
  4. Saves messages as templates
  5. Creates groups and lists of contacts and customers
  6. Supports text message automation
  7. Sends to multiple contacts without reply all
  8. Manages opt-in and opt-out
  9. Integrates with other apps

1. Easy to Use

If the app you choose isn’t easy to use then, it’s not worth paying for. Look for apps with simple, clear interfaces.

Just because an app gives you more options, doesn’t mean it’s necessarily better. It just means that it’s going to take you and your team longer to understand and use.

2. Uses a Local 10-Digit Phone Number

Many text messaging platforms only let you text using a 1-way 5 or 6 digit shortcode. These aren’t bad, but they’re meant for large-scale promotional text messaging.

Instead, look for a messaging platform that uses 10-digit long codes (10DLC). Those platforms make it possible to send using normal phone numbers with local area codes.

This is also important because it lets people know that the message they’re reading just came from a real person.

Businesses and organizations that send from local 10-digit numbers almost always get better responses too.

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3. Supports Multiple Users

Depending on the size of your business or organization, adding multiple users to your account may be important. If it’s just you sending messages you don’t have to worry.

But if you have a team, think again.

For teams and you’ll need a messaging system that supports multiple users and multiple permission levels.

4. Saves Messages as Templates

Saving text messages that you send all the time is a time-saving power move. This is an advanced feature that not all platforms utilize.

Messaging apps that do allow you to write and save personalized messages are best for productivity and efficiency.

Suggested Article: How to Create a Text Message Template with MessageDesk

5. Create Groups and Lists of Contacts and Customers

Organizing your contacts and customers into a list is essential. This is especially true when you want to send a text to a bunch of people.

Good platforms allow you to create all kinds of lists based on certain customer attributes or qualities.

An example would be: “create a group of customers who are all late on their payments.”

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6. Send Messages to Multiple Contacts Without Reply All

You have to think about the person on the other end of the message when you start sending texts in bulk.

Imagine a deluge of inbound text messages to your phone and they’re all contained in a single group message.

Not good!

The best messaging platforms will actually archive, sort, and order all of your inbound text messages.

This keeps individual customer conversations separate and well-ordered.

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7. Supports Text Message Automation

Obviously, a text messaging scheduling app needs some sort of scheduling functionality. Be aware that scheduling messages can be vastly different between message schedulers.

Some platforms only give you select date/time intervals to schedule from.

You’ll need a platform that allows you to exactly set the date and time of delivery of a text message.

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8. Manages Opt-in and Opt-out

Opt-in and opt-out TCPA compliance are essential for when you’re sending texts as a business. TCPA stands for Telephone Consumer Protection Act (1991).

It means that all marketing and promotional messages must comply with federal TCPA regulations.

The full TCPA guidelines outline when and how a business or organization can contact consumers. It also requires that you give consumers a way to opt-out of future messages.

All of the best business SMS services give you a way to track who opts in and out of messaging automatically. These and other features help protect you from accidental spam abuse.

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9. Integrates with Other Apps

Depending on your needs, integrations may be important. We live in an age where all of our business systems can talk to each other.

But not all apps or platforms have native integrations that can support this.

Some text messaging solutions use third-party services to pass data back and forth.

Apps and platforms with native integrations typically work better in terms of functionality and data integrity.

They’re also typically the easiest to use. If your business uses QuickBooks Online, for instance, you may want a text message scheduling app that integrates natively.

Suggested Article: MessageDesk Integrations

Ready to start scheduling text messages? MessageDesk is here to help with smarter, simpler business text messaging for keeping connected.

Visit our learning center for information on how to get started with MessageDesk. You’ll find a quick start guide to texting, a features overview, and an explanation of what MessageDesk is.

You’ll also want to check out our list of free SMS text message templates. Just copy and paste to start texting.

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