How to Send a Text at a Certain Time on iPhone


The ability to schedule text messages on your iPhone can be incredibly convenient, whether you want to send a birthday greeting at midnight or a reminder to a friend at a specific time. While the native Messages app on iPhone doesn’t offer a built-in scheduling feature, some third-party apps and workarounds allow you to accomplish this task. In this article, we will explore various methods to help you send a text at a certain time on your iPhone.

Using Third-Party Apps

Method 1: Using Third-Party Apps

1. Install a Scheduled Messaging App

    • Search for and download a reliable scheduled messaging app from the App Store. Some popular options include Scheduled Text Timer and Scheduled App.
    • Open the app and follow the on-screen instructions to grant the necessary permissions for sending scheduled messages.

2. Schedule and Send the Text

    • Launch the scheduled messaging app and navigate to the message composition screen.
    • Enter the recipient’s phone number or select a contact from your address book.
    • Type your desired message in the text field.
    • Set the date and time for the scheduled message.
    • Review the details and confirm the scheduling.
    • The app will send the message at the specified time automatically.

Method 2: Using Siri Shortcuts

1. Create a Shortcut

    • Open the Shortcuts app on your iPhone (if not installed, download it from the App Store).
    • Tap on the “+” icon to create a new shortcut.
    • Tap “Add Action” and search for “Text.”
    • Select the “Send Message” action and configure the recipient, message content, and any other desired options.
    • Tap on the three dots (…) to add a “Delay” action.
    • Set the desired delay time (e.g., 10 minutes, 1 hour, or a specific date and time).
    • Tap “Add Action” and search for “Send Message.”
    • Select the “Send Message” action and configure it with the same recipient and message content as before.
    • Tap “Next,” give your shortcut a name, and tap “Done” to save it.

2. Schedule and Send the Text

    • Open the Shortcuts app and navigate to the “My Shortcuts” tab.
    • Find and tap on the shortcut you created.
    • The shortcut will execute, sending the text message after the specified delay time or at the specified date and time.

Method 3: Using Reminders and Share Sheet

1. Create a Reminder

    • Open the Reminders app on your iPhone.
    • Create a new reminder and give it a relevant title, such as “Send Text to [Recipient].”
    • Set the reminder’s date and time to when you want to send the message.

2. Convert Reminder to Text Message

    • When the reminder notification appears, tap on it to open the Reminder.
    • Tap on the reminder’s title and select “Remind Me.”
    • In the options that appear, select “When I Message” and choose “Message” from the contact list.
    • The Messages app will open with a pre-populated text message. Edit the message as needed and tap “Send” to schedule it.

While the native Messages app on iPhone does not have a built-in feature to schedule texts, there are alternative methods available to send a text at a certain time. By using third-party apps, Siri Shortcuts, or leveraging the Reminders app and the Share Sheet functionality, you can easily schedule text messages on your iPhone. Choose the method that suits your preferences and requirements, and enjoy the convenience of sending timely messages to your contacts.