3 Ways to Schedule Text Messages iPhone [Shortcuts Automation]

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By Tim Fisher Tim Fisher Facebook Twitter Senior Vice President & Group General Manager, Tech & Sustainability Emporia State University Tim Fisher has more than 30 years' of professional technology experience. He's been writing about tech for more than two decades and serves as the VP and General Manager of Lifewire. lifewire’s editorial guidelines Updated on December 2, 2020

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Get Instant Directions to Your Next Calendar Event

If a location is attached to your calendar events, this shortcut opens your favorite navigation app and shows how to get to your destination and how long it will take.

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When you open this shortcut, not only can you choose which event to navigate to but you can also customize the settings to make it fit you and your events. For example, display events that start anywhere from seconds away from the current time to years in the future, change the map mode to driving or walking, only query events that are not all day long, and set the GPS app to use for navigation.

This shortcut is great for the Apple Watch, iPhone, and iPad. Set it up as a quick-access button by putting the shortcut on your home screen, making it a widget, or viewing it from your Apple Watch.

Get This Shortcut

Troubleshooting

Shortcuts really shines for iOS 13 and iOS 14 users, but anyone still stuck on iOS 12 might not get the best out of all these Shortcuts. If, when you click on an iCloud link, your phone keeps opening the App Store instead of the Shortcuts app, try opening the link in your iPhone’s Safari browser. That should do the trick.

What is automation?

Automation is a type of shortcut that’s activated by an event, rather than manually. You can use the Shortcuts app to set up a personal or home automation and then have the automated shortcut run when you arrive or depart, when you change a setting on your iPhone, at a time of day, and much more.

Create a personal automation

How to Delete Shortcuts

If you no longer need a shortcut, you can delete it in the Shortcuts app. Once you delete it, you will no longer be able to use Siri to perform the actions involved.

  1. Open the Shortcuts app.
 
  2. Under My Shortcuts, tap Select in the top right corner.
 
  3. Select the shortcut(s) that you wish to delete.
 
  4. Tap Delete in the bottom right corner.
 
  5. Confirm to Delete Shortcut.

Schedule Messsage on iOS 13

It is a little different in iOS 13 because the Time of Day trigger does not work as it should be. In iOS 13, it requires human intervention to actually send the message. Luckily, there is a workaround to automate the process. You can refer to the video below to see how it works.

Basically, you select the “Do Not Disturb” trigger instead of “Time of Day” and then create the text message as in iOS 14. After that, you go to Settings > Do Not Disturb to enable Scheduled.

Improving the Shortcut

Our Shortcut (and Automation) will work as it is, but we were supposed to send ourselves a text message also, the idea being that your iPad might be in the other room and in need of charging, and you want to hear about it on your iPhone and Mac. With a text message in addition to the device speaking “Time to Charge” you are sure to notice.

So let’s add the text message part to our Shortcut. (We only have to fix the Shortcut itself– the Automation will trigger our modified Shortcut.)

Get back to your Shortcut by tapping “My Shortcuts” at the bottom left of the screen. Tap the three dots in the circle on your Shortcut, then the “+” to add a step, then tap in the search box at the top.

Editing your Shortcut.
Editing your Shortcut.

Search for “Messages,” tap it, and then address the message to yourself. Then tap Done at top right.

I suppose you could address this to someone else– maybe you want to tell someone else that your iPhone needs charging. More likely you’d do it the other way around: set up the Shortcut on your forgetful friend or relative’s iPhone, and get notified when he needs to plug it in.

Sending a Message via Shortcuts in iOS 14
Sending a Message via Shortcuts in iOS 14

You may be getting used to looking for “Show More” buttons, and that’s a good thing, because a lot of stuff is hidden behind them. In this case, what’s hidden is control over whether you need to see the Message before it’s sent. You don’t, so turn off “Show When Run.”

Turning off “Show When Run”
Turning off “Show When Run”

Tap the blue “Play” triangle at bottom right (or top right, if you’re on an iPad), and you can see the Message come in. From you to you.

Message reminding you to charge your iPhone
Message reminding you to charge your iPhone

And now you’re done! Except we can still make this better. You can probably imagine how: it’s nice to get the notification that it’s time to charge, but which device needs charging? Our Shortcut doesn’t say. But it will.

Schedule Text Message with Scheduled App

There is also a third party application for sending an automatic text message on iPhone, called Scheduled, which comes with an in-app purchase. To send the message automatically, you need to upgrade to the Premium or business plan subscription. Besides, 1 auto message will cost you 1 credit. You can buy credits from 10 Credits/$2.99 to 1000 Credits/$99.99. Another thing worth mentioning is that it use a different number to send the message instead of yours.

The free version will only remind you to send the message at the scheduled time. If you are not willing to pay for it, you don’t have to download it because you there is also a shortcut to help you set up the reminder.

How to edit keyboard shortcuts on iPhone and iPad

Are you typing that shortcut way too much? Or, does the phrase you set for your shortcut have a glaring typo in it? Fear not. You can edit keyboard shortcuts at anytime.

  1. Launch the Settings app.
  2. Tap General.
  3. Tap on Keyboard.
  4. Tap on Text Replacement

  5. Tap on the shortcut you want to edit.
  6. From here just edit the shortcut or phrase however you want.
  7. Tap on Save.

Now you don’t have to worry about typing that shortcut by accident, or worse, having bad grammar.

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