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 just send a message during business hours instead of pinging someone in the middle of the night, scheduling messages helps a lot. There are ways to program messages on WhatsApp on both Android and iPhone, but both are alternative solutions since this feature is not officially compatible with WhatsApp.
Since the methods we suggest are alternative solutions, there are some limitations, which we will explain below. Here’s how to schedule messages on WhatsApp on Android and iPhone.
How to program the WhatsApp message on Android
As we have previously mentioned, WhatsApp does not have an official function to program messages. However, if you are using an Android smartphone, you can schedule messages on WhatsApp with the help of various third party apps. 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 program the WhatsApp message on Android:
In the first launch, you will have to Sign up.
Once you are logged in you should 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 app.
Now you will have to fill in the details. Add recipient, Enter your messageselect the schedule date and time and select if you want repeat The message programmed or not.
Below you will see a final change: Ask me before sending. Activate it> touch the brand icon > your message will now be scheduled. Every time 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 when you touch the brand icon, you will be asked to disable screen lock on your phone. You will also be asked to disable optimization of your phone battery too. By doing this, your scheduled message will be sent automatically, meaning that you will not be prompted to enter data over the phone, making the process instantaneous. But then again, not having a screen lock affects the privacy of your phone, which is a major drawback. That is why we will 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 do this process on iPhone through Siri Shortcuts, an Apple application that will rely on automation to send your WhatsApp message at a scheduled time. This is what you must 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 this is 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 what you want to program, such as: “Happy Birthday”.
- Once you have finished entering your message, touch the + icon under the text field and in the search bar look for WhatsApp.
- From the list of actions that appear, select Send message through WhatsApp. Choose the recipient and press next. Finally, on the next screen, tap Done.
- Now at the scheduled time, you will receive a notification from the Shortcuts app. Touch 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 a pain, but at least now you know at least how to schedule a message for up to a week.
If that’s too short a limit for you, you can always try this one. This is one of the most complex Siri shortcuts we’ve come across, but schedule WhatsApp messages for any date and time if you set it up correctly. It worked well on one of our iPhones, but continued to fail 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.
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