How to Schedule WhatsApp Messages on Android and iOS.
Just like we schedule emails at work, it would be great to schedule WhatsApp messages. This comes in handy when you need to pass on not very useful information to your friends, but not bother them in the middle of the night or wish your mom a happy birthday because you will not be there. Let’s see how to schedule WhatsApp messages on your phone.
Schedule WhatsApp Messages on Android
SKEDit is the most popular messaging scheduling app from your phone. Along with WhatsApp, you can schedule text messages, emails, calls and Facebook posts. It basically simulates how a user sends text on WhatsApp and for this reason you need to grant a few special permissions. For example, it requires you to unlock your phone and grant permissions such as access to notifications and accessibility service for it to work properly. If the phone is locked, a notification will appear on the lock screen.
To make it work, install the application from the Play Store (link below), open it, select WhatsApp and write a message. After that, just choose a recipient and a time to complete your planning. That’s it, now put your phone aside and it will automatically send a text when the time is right.
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Install SKEDit (Free)
2. Answering machine for WA
Okay, the scheduling of messages is done, but there are times when you also want to reply to messages you receive. An autoresponder allows you to automate the entire process with a few simple steps. It monitors your notifications, searches for a relevant keyword, and triggers an appropriate response. Unlike SKEDit, it works even if your phone is unlocked, so that’s a plus.
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Install AutoResponder (Free)
Schedule WhatsApp Messages on iOS
Scheduling WhatsApp messages on iOS is not possible unless you have a jailbroken iPhone. However, there is one workaround if you have iOS 13. The iOS 13 beta introduced Siri keyboard shortcuts automation that allows you to trigger shortcut workflows based on the time of day. You can create a small script that will automatically start an automation to send a WhatsApp message at a predetermined time.
Follow these steps if you have iOS 13 beta installed on your iPhone. Go to the Shortcuts app, select the Automation tab at the bottom, and click Personal Automation.
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To schedule a time-based schedule, click Time of Day. Enter the time, day and click “Next”. Now your event trigger is set up, we’ll set up the action.
Click the Add Action button and enter text into the search bar. Select Text from the results and click Next.
You can enter the message you want to send via WhatsApp. When finished, click the Plus button to add another action. In the search bar, enter “WhatsApp” and select “Send message via WhatsApp” from the results, as shown in step 12 in the image below.
Now add the recipient from your contact list and click Next. You can add multiple recipients to an action, but this may or may not work because automation is still experimental in iOS 13 beta.
Now everything is ready and when the time is right, the automation will automatically start and take you to the WhatsApp thread with the message already written in the text box. You just need to hit the submit button. The whole process will be automatic as soon as automation becomes public with iOS13. Until then, you’ll have to manually press the submit button.
These were some of the methods you can use to schedule WhatsApp messages on Android and iOS. Android apps are ideal because of the access to many services on the Android system. iOS, on the other hand, is more difficult as you either need to jailbreak it or use experimental automation. We would get a better idea of this feature and whether it will be fully standalone when iOS 13 is released to the general public.
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