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How to schedule text messages on Android

Unlike iOS, Android smartphones have an incredibly useful feature which allows you to schedule texts to send at a later time and date. 

Scheduling a text to send later is quick and easy and can save you the hassle of trying to remember to send the message at the desired time. 

Read on to learn how to schedule texts on Android phones.

What you’ll need: 

  • An Android smartphone running on Android 7 and above
  • The Google Messages app (which comes pre-installed and running as default)
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The Short Version 

  • Open the Google Messages app 
  • Select a conversation
  • Type out your text
  • Touch and hold the send button
  • Select a time 
  • Tap Send
  1. Step

    Open the Google Messages app

    This comes pre-installed and runs as default on Android smartphones. It may just be referred to as Messages. Google Pixel Home Screen with Message app highlighted

  2. Step

    Select a conversation

    You can either select a pre-existing conversation or create a new one by tapping the Start chat icon at the bottom right.Google Messages app

  3. Step

    Type out your text

    Type out your message as you normally would.Google messaging app with a conversation open

  4. Step

    Touch and hold the send button

    Make sure you tap and hold the send button next to the message. This will then bring up a list of different schedules to choose from.Google messaging app with conversation open and the send button highlighted

  5. Step

    Select a time

    You can either choose a preset time or choose your own by tapping ‘Pick date and time’. If you decide to select the latter, then a calendar will open up to allow you to choose your desired date and time. Follow the steps on screen.
    Options for scheduled send on Google messaging

  6. Step

    Tap Send

    Once you’re happy with your chosen options, tap the send icon as you usually would.Google Messages conversation open


Will my scheduled text still send if my phone is connected to Wi-Fi or mobile data?

The short answer is no. If your phone isn’t connected to a mobile network or internet at the time you’ve scheduled the text to send then it won’t arrive. In this instance, the message will be sent as soon as your device reconnects.

Can you edit or cancel a scheduled text?

Yes you can, just make sure you’re editing or cancelling the text before the scheduled time. To do this, open the conversation with the scheduled message then tap the clock icon (Schedule) and choose your option accordingly.

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