WhatsApp has a ton of good features, but one thing that is still missing is the ability to schedule WhatsApp messages. If you want to remember to wish someone on their birthday, or you just want to message during business hours instead of pinging someone in the middle of the night, scheduling messages helps a lot. There are ways to schedule WhatsApp messages on both Android and iPhone, but both are solutions, as this feature is not officially supported by WhatsApp.
Since the methods we suggest are workarounds, there are some limitations, which we will explain in a moment. Here’s how to schedule WhatsApp messages on Android and iPhone.
How to schedule a WhatsApp message on Android
As we mentioned earlier, WhatsApp does not have an official function for scheduling messages. However, if you are using an Android smartphone, you can schedule messages on WhatsApp with the help of various third-party applications. Yes, there are several third-party apps that promise to get the job done, but there is only one, SKEDit, that does it perfectly. Follow these steps to know how to schedule WhatsApp messages on Android:
On the First Step, you will need to Sign up.
Once logged in, you need to tap WhatsApp in the main menu.
On the next screen, you have to grant permissions. Tap Enable accessibility > SKEDit > activate Use the service > Allow. Now, go back to the application.
Now you will have to fill in the details. Add the recipient, Enter your message, select the schedule date and time and select if you want repeat message scheduled or not.
Here is a final change: Ask me before sending. Activate it> tap the tick icon > your message will now be scheduled. Whenever the day and time of your scheduled message arrives, you will receive a notification on your phone asking you to complete the action. Tap Send and you will see that your scheduled message is sent in real-time.
However, if you keep the Ask me before sending option turned off, in that case, tapping the tick icon, you will be asked to disable your phone’s screen lock. You will also be asked to turn off your phone’s battery optimization as well. By doing this, your scheduled message will be sent automatically, which means that you will not be asked to give any input on the phone, making the process instant. But again, not having a screen lock affects the privacy of your phone, which is a huge drawback. That is why we do not recommend scheduling WhatsApp messages in this way.
How to schedule a WhatsApp message on iPhone
Unlike Android, there is no third-party app available on iOS through which you can schedule WhatsApp messages. However, there is another way to perform this process in iPhone via Siri Shortcuts, an Apple application that will rely on automation to send your WhatsApp message at a scheduled time. This is what you need to do to schedule WhatsApp messages on iPhone.
- Go to the App store and download the Shortcuts app on your iPhone and open it.
- Select the Automation tab at the bottom.
- Tap on the + icon in the upper right corner and tap Create personal automation.
- On the next screen, tap Time of the day to schedule when to run your automation. In this case, select the dates and times when you want to schedule WhatsApp messages. Once done, touch next.
- Tap Add action and then in the search bar type Text and from the list of actions that appear select Text.
- After that, Enter your message in the text field. This message is the one you want to program, like “Happy Birthday.”
- Once you have finished entering your message, touch the + icon below the text field and in the search bar search for WhatsApp.
- From the list of actions that appear, select Send a message through WhatsApp. Choose the recipient and press next. Finally, on the next screen, tap Done.
- Now at the scheduled time, you will get a notification from the Shortcuts app. Tap on the notification and WhatsApp will open with your message pasted in the text field. All you have to do is hit Send.
One more thing to keep in mind is that you can only schedule WhatsApp messages for up to a week, which is kind of a bummer, but at least now you know at least how to schedule whatsapp messages for up to a week.
If that limit is too short for you, you can always try this. This is one of the most complex Siri shortcuts we’ve come across, but it schedules WhatsApp messages for any date and time if you set it up correctly. It worked fine on one of our iPhones but kept crashing on the other, so your mileage may vary with this one. However, we were able to schedule a message using both methods so you can choose the one you like best.