How many times have you planned to send out that SMS or email only to have your attention stolen elsewhere so you forget? Or what about when you want to send out a message but it’s too early or too late in the day – as often happens when you suddenly remember to do something in the wee hours of the morning?
Life moves at such a fast pace but thanks to a few free apps you can mitigate these issues by scheduling your messages. Convenience is definitely a factor here since most of these apps operate on a “set it and forget it” basis, but you can save a lot of potential business opportunities and relationship drama that might pop up due to a missed message here and there.
Schemes is a nifty little app that not only works with SMS messages, but also with Facebook, Twitter, and Gmail messages. Sure, there are others apps that interface with multiple services and have more features than just message scheduling (e.g., HootSuite) but this is a great all-in-one solution when the only action you need is the scheduler feature.
Schemes will notify you when Android scheduled messages have been sent and you can cancel any pending messages in the queue. Very intuitive. And for those of you who care about the aesthetics, the Schemes interface is designed with Holo principles in mind, which means it’s clean and straightforward. The one downside is that there’s no repeat scheduler.
It should be noted that at the time of writing this article, Schemes is in beta so you might run into a few bugs here or there with each new feature update. When it leaves beta phase, it may turn into a free-with-ads or paid app, so keep that in mind.
Text Later is very similar to Schemes above – it will send out an SMS message to any number of contacts at a specific date and time in the future. Unlike Schemes, Text Later is only focused on SMS so you won’t need to fiddle with social media accounts and settings.
In terms of actual features, there’s very little difference between the two. You can set messages for the future and you can cancel pending messages that have yet to be sent. In the options, you’ll find an experimental feature for adding sent SMS messages to your default app conversations. Additionally, the interface design feels robust and it’s pleasant to look at.
Note: Google Play has more than one “Text Later” app so this is the one by Josh Jensen.
It’s one thing to need to send out a scheduled SMS message every once in a while; it’s another ball game if you need to send out periodic SMS messages on a regular schedule. Schemes and Text Later allow you to shoot one-off messages, but SMS Scheduler has a repeat schedule feature that can come in handy. When setting the frequency of the repeat, you can choose anything ranging from “Every X hours” to “Every weekend” to “Every fortnight”.
The unfortunate part of SMS Scheduler is the subpar interface – there’s no real unifying aesthetic other than lots of black and the layout can feel cluttered (especially if you have a smaller phone screen like me). If the developer could revamp the graphics and layout into something cleaner and more intuitive, the usability would skyrocket.
Note: Google Play has more than one “Text Later” app so this is the one by lylynx.com.
Not only does Auto SMS schedule messages for the future, but it can auto-respond to incoming SMS messages and missed calls. Similar to Gmail’s Canned Responses, you can set up a few preset messages and enable any of them when you aren’t available, such as when you’re sleeping, driving, at work, etc. With a built-in widget, you can enable/disable these with a single tap.
The scheduling portion of Auto SMS is feature complete, in my opinion. Not only can you set a date and time, you can set a repeat frequency AND a “stop after X repeats” number to automatically end the repeating schedule. That’s a feature that you won’t find in the other apps on this list.
While Auto SMS is free, it is ad-supported. For $1.99 USD, you can upgrade to the paid version and remove ads as well as unlock a few other features like data backups and keyword matching for auto-responses.
Sending Android scheduled messages and emails for the future is a quick way to save a lot of time and energy, not having to worry about whether or not you’ll forget to send it out at the right moment. What’s even better is that you can find all of these features for free on Google Play and they all work great. For those of you who text a lot, it’s definitely worth looking into.
Do you use any of these apps? Have a few suggestions of your own to make for sending Android scheduled messages? Please share them with us in the comments!
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