We can all agree that WhatsApp has introduced some cool features which have made using the app for day-to-day communication exciting. However, the WhatsApp Team has overlooked launching a feature that enables users to schedule messages to be sent at a future date or time.
Such a feature would help some of us who have a poor memory of forgetting to say Happy Birthday to our loved ones. Since WhatsApp doesn’t have a native feature to schedule messages to be sent later, users have to utilize 3rd party apps to do that. Android has several 3rd party apps that enables WhatsApp users to schedule messages but the best is called SKEDit app.
How to schedule WhatsApp messages to be sent later on Android.
SKEDit is the best app in all facets out there to do this task. The app has a sleek user interface, it is fast and doesn’t have many intrusive ads to interrupt you when you are scheduling your messages on WhatsApp. Here’s how to schedule messages with SKEDit:
>The app requires you to sign up to be able to use it. Just go on and sign up.
>After signing up you will see a dashboard that has a WhatsApp icon. Simply tap the icon.
>You must grant SKEDit permissions if you want it to schedule WhatsApp messages. Therefore, tap “Enable Accessibility”, then toggle on “Use Service” and “Allow”. You can now return into the app.
>Now write your message and set the date and time you want it to be sent.
>You can choose if you want to be notified when SKEDit is about to send the message when the time you’ve set has come. If you want to be notified then you have to switch on the toggle switch labeled “Ask me before sending” and tap the tick icon. So when the time comes for your scheduled message to be sent, SKEDit will notify you if you want to send the message. By taping “Send” the message will be sent.
If you don’t want to be notified then just leave the toggle switch off. But you will be asked to remove the disable your phone’s screen lock and your phone’s battery optimisation. Your scheduled message will be automatically sent without being notified when the time comes. It’s pretty convenient to automatically send the message but the fact that you have to remove your phone’s screen lock first makes this option unattractive.
Anyways, that’s how you are able to schedule a WhatsApp message to be sent later on Android phones. Now let’s see what’s required to schedule a WhatsApp message on iPhone.
How to schedule WhatsApp message in iPhone
Unfortunately, iPhone users are not spoiled for choice like their Android counterparts when it comes to 3rd party apps that enables to schedule WhatsApp messages.
iPhone users’ only app schedule messages on WhatsApp is through the Siri Shortcuts app. Here’s what you have to do to schedule WhatsApp messages on iPhone using Siri:
>Go to Apple App Store, look for Siri Shortcuts, download and install it.
>Open Siri Shortcuts and select the Automation tab at the bottom of the screen.
>Now tap the plus (+) icon in the topmost right corner of the screen.
Tap “Create Personal Automation”.
>On the new screen that will show up tap “Time of Day” to set date and time when the message will be sent.
>Tap “Add Action” and then type “Text” in the search bar. Select “Text” from the list that pops up.
>Now type the message you want to schedule to be sent later.
>After you are done typing the message, tap the plus sign (+) under the text field and then navigate to the search bar to type “WhatsApp”.
>Select “Select Message via WhatsApp” and select the recipient of the message on the next screen that shows up.
>Tap “Next” and tap “Done” on the screen that shows up.
>You will receive a notification from the Siri Shortcuts app when the set time has come. You only need to tap the notification and hit “Send”.
What you should know
- Unlike SKEDit, you can only schedule WhatsApp messages using Siri Shortcuts for up to week only.
- Another thing you should know is that scheduling messages with Siri Shortcuts is not foolproof. It can work if configured properly or it can fail depending on your iPhone.
- You cannot schedule to send photos, videos, stickers and GIFs to be sent later with SKEDit or Siri Shortcuts.
- You won’t get banned for scheduling messages with SKEDit or Siri Shortcuts.
- Downloading SKEDit or Siri Shortcuts won’t slow your WhatsApp app or phone.
- Messages sent after you schedule them are encrypted with WhatsApp’s end-to-end encryption.
- You cannot schedule messages on WhatsApp web or WhatsApp for PC app.