Can You Schedule a Text on iPhone? Yes, Here’s How! (iOS 17)

What to Know

  • To schedule a text on your iPhone, use the Apple Shortcuts app.
  • You can easily schedule a one-time message or a repeating weekly or monthly reminder text.
  • Avoid using third-party apps that make you pay to schedule texts.

Have you ever wanted to schedule text messages on your iPhone? Maybe you want to send weekly reminders of chores to your family or automatically let your spouse know when you're heading home. Scheduling a text message makes sure your text will get to your desired person at the set time. Let's learn how to schedule a text on an iPhone.

How to Schedule a Text Message on iPhone

Can you schedule texts on an iPhone? Yes, you can easily schedule texts on your iPhone using the Shortcuts app. Just select the date and time to send your text, then set your message to send to an individual or group. You can even choose whether you want your text to automatically send or to ask for confirmation before sending. To learn more about iPhone shortcuts, check out our Tip of the Day newsletter. Now, here's how to schedule a text on your iPhone:

  1. To schedule an iMessage, start by opening the Shortcuts app.

    how to schedule a text message on iphone
  2. At the bottom of the screen, tap the Automation icon.

    schedule text message iphone
  3. Tap the Add icon. If you don't have any existing automations, tap New Automation in the center of the screen.

  4. In the Personal Automation menu, choose your text message's prompt. In this example, I will use Time of Day to schedule my text.

  5. If using Time of Day, choose from Sunrise, Sunset, or Time of Day to set a specific time to send the text.

  6. If you select Time of Day, tap the time and scroll to select when you want to send the text.

  7. Under Repeat, select Daily, Weekly, or Monthly.

  8. If Weekly or Monthly, select the day(s) of the week or month. For Weekly, all the days of the week will be automatically selected, so tap any day to deselect.

  9. Select Run After Confirmation if you want your iPhone to ask for confirmation before sending the text. Tap Run Immediately if you want the text to send automatically.

  10. Tap Next.

  11. Tap Send Message.

  12. In the box that says Send "Message" to Recipients, tap "Message" to compose the automated text.

  13. Tap Recipients to choose your recipients.

  14. Once you've chosen your recipients, tap Done.

    Tap Done.
  15. Tap Done to save your scheduled text. You can now find this in your Automations tab.

    Save the scheduled text automation.
  16. To delete the automation, swipe left and tap Delete.

Now your text messages should send right on schedule (unless you delete the automation)! If you love learning device shortcuts, you might also check out how to turn your iPhone flashlight on and off or even how to retrieve deleted texts on your iPhone.

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  • Can I use a third-party app to schedule a text message on iPhone?
    Yes. Apps such as AutoSender, SMS Scheduler, and Scheduled all allow you to schedule and send delayed texts on your iPhone. These are all great options if you want to schedule texts on multiple messaging services, but you may need to pay for the service.
  • How do I send a text at a specific time on my iPhone?
    To send a text as a certain time from your iPhone, use the Shortcuts app and select the Time of Day option. Then, tap the time displayed to set exactly when you want your text message to send. 
  • Can I unsend a text message on iPhone?
    If your iPhone is running iOS 16 or later, you can unsend iMessages on iPhone, but not SMS.
  • Can I edit a text message after it’s sent on iPhone?
    You can edit iMessages, but not SMS, up to 15 minutes after sending.
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Amy Spitzfaden Both

Amy Spitzfaden-Both is the Managing Editor for iPhone Life magazine and an award-winning novelist, with over 10 years of experience in the publishing industry. She specializes in Apple news and rumors, health and fitness tech, and parenting in the digital age. She graduated from MIU with a BA in Literature and Writing.
Amy lives in New Hampshire with her husband and daughter. When she’s not writing or glued to her iPhone, she enjoys hiking, traveling, and creating her own tea blends.