WhatsApp is one of the most popular messaging service in the world. It is a very easy to use application which allows 2 or more users to easily communicate over WiFi or mobile data. Recent updates have now allowed voice and video calling as well, over the internet. One of the best aspects about this Facebook owned app is that by using WhatsApp one can very easily register using his/her mobile number and all of his/her contacts are synced automatically. And it supports all the basic functionalities in a very easy to use interface.
Nowadays, almost no one uses text messaging any more as data plans have become cheap and now almost everyone now uses WhatsApp. This can be judged from the fact that currently WhatsApp has more than 1 billion active users per month.
Now, many a times, users are faced with a situation where they wish to send a particular message to someone at a specific time. This can happen when you plan to wish someone on his birthday or anniversary at 12 at night but can’t stay awake till then. In such situations, one really wishes if they had the option to schedule the WhatsApp message. It would then be much easier to just write a message and schedule it to be sent automatically to the receiver at a specific time.
However, WhatsApp does not have this functionality natively. But you don’t need to worry. This guide will tell you how to schedule your WhatsApp messages to be sent to someone at a specific time. If you also want to schedule text messages, please refer to this guide.
Android is one of the most popular mobile system in the world currently with more than 80% market share. It is also very open. By open we mean, it allows lot of customizations to be done. Users can change the complete look and feel of the operating system as per their liking and tastes. Users can also choose different apps, to be used as default apps, for any task on the smartphone. Due to this open nature of the operating system, it is much easier for us to send scheduled WhatsApp messages on Android.
Using WhatsApp Scheduler
As its name suggests, this app schedules the WhatsApp messages to be sent automatically at the set time to the desired person. Using this app is very simple:
Using SQEDit App
This is another Android app which does scheduling of your WhatsApp without root. You first have to enter the recipient’s name, type your message, set day and time and also the frequency at which you want the message to be sent. What’s more, you can also use this app to schedule calls, SMS, Facebook, Gmail and etc.
This app directly logs in with your Facebook account and can be logged in via other social media accounts as well. It has some cool features as well like “Remind before sending”. This feature reminds you about the scheduled message before sending the message.
Of course one can install third party apps also from outside the play store, or root the Android device and install rooted applications which can add scheduling functionality right into the WhatsApp app. But since the functionality works on Android without going the above route, its best to stay safe.
Apple’s iOS system is famous for its walled garden approach. Users are pretty much restricted to make major changes to the way they can use the operating system. That includes usage of stock apps for basic tasks. One cannot set default apps for specific tasks on the operating system. Though over the years, Apple has loosened its restrictions, but it still is very strict on what it allows users to do out of the box. It is due to these restrictions that natively, it is not possible to schedule a WhatsApp message on iPhone.
There is a paid app in the Apple App Store that says it schedules messages but basically sets a reminder for you to send a message at a set time. There is no need spending money on this app as such a reminder can be set in Apple’s reminder app as well. It doesn’t serve the actual requirement of hands-free sending of message at a particular date and time.
The only way to achieve this functionality on iOS is through jailbreak. If you have a jailbroken iPhone or don’t mind jailbreaking your device, then there are a few tweaks you can install from Cydia marketplace and then achieve this functionality on your iDevice.
On a jailbroken iPhone, you can install a tweak called “Message Scheduler for WhatsApp“. This tweak bakes in the scheduling functionality right into the WhatsApp app for easy access. It has no settings to configure after installation. It works by adding a button titled “Schedule a message” to the message menu in the main WhatsApp app. One can simply tap this option inside the WhatsApp app and choose the date and time when message delivery is desired.
Messages can also be scheduled, using this tweak, by long pressing the send button when entering message text. WhatsApp will confirm scheduled message sending when the correct time arrives.
We hope this guide will be helpful to you in scheduling your WhatsApp messages on your iPhone/Android phone. And every piece of WhatsApp messages we sent or received comes with golden memory, so remember to backup your WhatsApp chats with this free way to keep them safe with you.