Are you looking for a way to schedule text messages on your iPhone and have them sent automatically at a certain time?
Well, up to now, I haven’t found a satisfactory solution for this problem. There is no such stock feature in the Settings app. No apps on the App Store which let you do that either.
I know it’s a pain with all iOS users, including me. Why do Android and Windows Phone have apps that allow scheduling of text messages on their app store and iOS doesn’t? 🙁
WHAT CAN WE DO? Buy a new Android phone only for this task?
Well, you should really consider that option if scheduling SMS is very important to you and none of two methods I’m going to show you below work the way you want.
Read on and see if they fit the bill!
1. Using an app on the App Store
Don’t get me wrong! I did mention that there are no apps on the App Store that allow you to send text messages automatically. And that’s indeed true.
Let me clarify this! The app we’re going to install does allow you to schedule text messages, but your messages won’t be sent directly from your phone number. They will be forwarded to the recipient by using the app’s own servers at the set time.
So whenever you send a text message, you need to include your name or your phone number. That way, the recipient can recognize where it’s coming from and where to reply. That’s the only drawback of this method. If you just want to reminder someone or send a short message at a certain time, this app will still be a good choice!
The app’s name is Delayd [Download]
Once you’ve installed the app successfully, open it, put in your phone number then enter in the 4-digit PIN code that’s sent to you via text message. The registration process is done! Now you can start using it.
Not only can you make use of this app to send text messages, it also lets you schedule emails, Facebook status and even tweets on Twitter. Personally, I’ve never used Delayd for those purposes yet, but I believe it might sound cool to some of you!
Initially, you will have 50 credits to use for free. If you run out of your 50 credit and love what the app offers, you can buy more bundles of text messages via In-App purchases. You only need to pay for credits to schedule and send texts. Posting to Facebook, Twitter and email is completely free.
2. Using a jailbreak tweak
If you’ve already jailbroken your device, then a new tweak called Kairos will help you bring the text message scheduling feature to the Messages app.
I believe this Cydia tweak will satisfy all the users who always want to make sure important messages get to recipients on time.
Once you’ve installed the tweak on your device, you can start using it right away. It does add a preferences pane to the Settings app but there’s not much to do here.
To use the tweak, type out a message in the text field in the Messages app, select a recipient then tap and hold on the Send button. This will reveal two options: Schedule and Switch service.
The Schedule option is our main purpose for installing Kairos, while the Switch service option is another function of the tweak that lets you choose between sending the message as an iMessage or a normal text message.
The tweak also adds a folder icon next to the compose button in the top-right corner of the Messages app. When you tap on it, you will be taken to a separate section that lets you view and individually delete scheduled messages by swiping leftward across each.
You can grab Kairos from Cydia’s BigBoss repository right now for a one-time payment of $0.99.
Finally, as I’ve told you earlier if none of these two methods is good enough for you, you should buy a new cheap Android phone for text message scheduling. There are lots of app on CH Play letting you do this with ease!