Forgetting to send an important text message or iMessage on your iPhone could lead to some serious consequences. I mean, no one is going to die (I hope not) but it can potentially ruin your relationship. Not everyone can stay on top of theirs business calendar. Therefore, setting a time to send a text message sometimes seems like an impossible task.
If you have an iOS device, there are apps like Reminder or Alarm to aid you. But they don’t necessary do the right job. I would advocate going with automating your text messages. In other words, schedule your text messages ahead of time, so you don’t have to remind yourself in the future.
By default, there is no such feature on your Messages app or for iMessage. If you want to acquire a functionality like that, it will require a jailbroken device. Happen to have one? Great, read on.
How to Schedule Your iPhone’s Messages
In this post, I’ll be talking about two of the most popular Cydia tweaks under the Messaging category. Their sole purpose is to help you become a “photographic memory” person when you aren’t. These jailbreak tweaks contribute to automating your text messages by sending the SMS at a chosen time and date.
1. Programmable SMS
The first tweak is called Programmable SMS, if you’ve been in the jailbreak scenes for a long time, you know that this tweak isn’t well-known. It was recently released due to the outdated version of biteSMS, which we’ll mention later on.
What it does is allowing you to schedule text messages on your iPhone. This tweak works in close collaboration with Ryan Petrich’s Activator to set things up behind the curtain.
- Install Programmable SMS from the BigBoss repo
- Launch Settings > Programmable SMS > Enable
- Tap SMS Activator
- Draft a text message and assign a contact to it
- Before you Save, turn on Auto-Disable
You’re not done yet. This is half of the process. Open the Activator app from your home screen. Navigate to Anywhere > Build > Scheduled. Set up a future date and time, then go back to the main page of Activator. Now, choose the time you setup earlier and pick the text message you created in Step 4.
Using Programmable SMS can help you send text message automatically on your iOS device. This tweak works with the latest jailbroken iOS 9.3.3.
Alternatively, if your iPhone or iPad is running a firmware that is on iOS 7 or lower, I suggest biteSMS. Why? This tweak has a Schedule mode right in the stock Messages app. As a result, you don’t have to set things up and switch between different apps. Besides being outdated, another disadvantage from biteSMS is that it’s not free (costs $8).
Here is how to schedule a text message using biteSMS.
- Compose a text message
- Instead of tapping Send, choose the Clock icon
- Pick your own scheduling details
Isn’t it easy?
If you don’t mind taking a few extra steps or have already updated to the newer iOS version, then Programmable SMS is the best choice. I would recommend using biteSMS if you couldn’t understand the instructions above or have a few bucks to spend on a tweak.
After this article had been published, I received several emails from readers asking if there is any available method for non-jailbroken devices. Well, here is good news because there is an app called Delayd by Tinyyo Limited.
This application can be downloaded right from your App Store. In other words, you no longer have to jailbreak your iPhone or iPad just to schedule a text message in iOS.
Click here to download the Delayd app, it’s free by the way. When it’s installed, just compose a text message, set a specific time and date and tap on the Schedule button. In addition to the regular SMS and iMessage, you can also schedule Facebook posts and Twitter’s tweets.
Give it a try and let us know how it works out for you.