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How to schedule a text message on Android

In today’s busy world communicating with someone is as simple as taking your smartphone and sending a short message. However, most of us with a busy schedule often tend to forget to send an important message to someone at the right time and tell ourselves that we will send that message later and end up forgetting and getting into trouble more frequently than we might want to.

If this sounds like you and if you had ever wished that there was a way you could schedule a text message on your Android phone so that the message gets sent automatically to the intended person at the exact time, then you might be happy to know there are multiple ways to schedule a text message on Android.

Here is how to schedule a text message on your Android phone and make sure you never forget to send a message again.

How to schedule a text message on Android

Method 1: Using Samsung Text Messages

If you are a Samsung Galaxy device user, then you are in luck as the default Messages app that comes pre-installed with the Samsung Galaxy devices has the option to schedule text messages. Just follow the below steps to schedule a text message on your Samsung phone.

Step 1:

Open the Messages app on your Samsung device and select the contact to whom you want to send a scheduled text message.

Step 2:

Type the text message you want to sent and then tap on the ‘+’ icon on the left side of the text field.

Step 3:

Select the ‘Schedule message’ from the resulting screen and now you would be able to schedule your text message from the calendar UI appears by selecting the time and date, up to one year in advance.

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Step 4:

Once you have set the scheduled time to send your text message, select done and then hit on the send button. The message will now be automatically sent to the selected contact on the scheduled date and time.

If you have set a wrong date or time by mistake or you want to modify the scheduled message, you can always long press on the text, delete it and try again.

Method 2: Using Third-party Messaging apps

If you do not own a Samsung device or the default messaging app on your Android device does not have the feature to schedule a text message, then don’t worry you can always install a number of third-party messaging apps that come with this feature.

Step 1:

While there are a lot of third-party apps out there that have the feature to schedule text messages on your Android phone, Textra SMS and Pulse SMS are the most popular ones with a ton of good reviews. So, based on your preference, select and install either one of the apps from the Google Play Store.

Step 2:

Both Textra SMS and Pulse SMS have a very similar user interface and it is quite simple to use the schedule message feature in both of the apps.

For Textra SMS

In Textra SMS, all you need to do is create a new conversation with the contact you want to send the message, or open an existing conversation and type the message you want to send.

Now click on the ‘+’ icon on the left corner of the text field and then select the clock icon at the bottom menu. This will open up the Calendar UI where you could select the date and time you want to send the text message. Once done, just click on the ‘Schedule’ button and the message will now set to be sent on the selected date and time.

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For Pulse SMS

If you had installed the Pulse SMS app, the process is somewhat similar. You need to type a message to a contact and then select the options button on the top right corner of the screen and select the ‘Schedule a message’ option from the pop-up menu.

You can now select the date and time and hit send to schedule the message. In both the apps, you can delete the scheduled text message if you want to change the time or the contents of the message.

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schedule text message

Method 3: Using third party messaging add-on

If you don’t want to use a third-party messaging app and would rather stick to the default messaging app that came with your Android phone, then you might want to consider installing the Schedule SMS add on. You can use this add-on just for scheduling your text messages and use the default text messaging app or the preferred app of your choice for all your messaging needs.

Step 1:

Install the Schedule SMS app from the Google Play Store and open the app.

Step 2:

The next step is fairly straightforward. Just click on the ‘+’ icon on the home page of the app and then compose a new text message with the content you want to send and the contact you want to send it to.

Step 3:

You can now set the date and time you want the text message to be sent and click on the ‘Schedule Message’ button to send the message at the set time.


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Feel free to let us know in the comments below if you have any questions on how to schedule a text message on Android or about any of the methods mentioned above.

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Here’s how to use RCS messaging on “most” Android phones

Google has been busy as of late, advancing its users past the decades-old protocol of SMS. The new universal option that the company is trying to bring to light is Rich Communication Servies, or RCS.

What’s it do?

We first outlined what RCS does and what Google’s intentions were in post back in November 2019. In short, the RCS protocol gives Android Message users the opportunity for more data packed messages between chats. Think “iMessage for Android”.

The fallback is still going to be SMS, but if both parties have RCS, they can share larger groups, videos, and pictures in conversations.

How to turn it on

To be sure, the road has been long and there are still caveats with a rolling release. What’s more, you have to use Android Messages as your client. Getting your phone to take advantage of RCS is just a few menu clicks away after you verify Android Messages is installed.

Let’s do it!

  • Open Android Messages from the application tray
  • If you’ve never used Messages you may get prompted to immediately turn on Chat (RCS)
  • Otherwise, select the hamburger menu in the top right and go to Settings
  • Tap Chat features
  • Make sure status is Connected and Enable chat features is toggled to ON

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It’s worth noting that this new RCS option is dependent on multiple variables. So far, there’s no apparent list or reasoning as to which devices are capable of RCS Chat and which are not.

Also, it can also take up to 30 minutes for the Messages app to show Connected.

We do know that most Pixel phones seem to be enabled as do many Samsung phones. I can also verify that Essential phones seem to have the option’s server-side switch to show Chat enabling. Unfortunately, my BlackBerry Key2 LE has yet to present me with the ability to turn on Chat.

Google has voiced that it is actively working to push support to more devices. For those that already have the ability, we hope this tutorial helps you expand your Chat options with your friends and family.

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Verizon to start offering RCS chat on Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL today

Starting today, Verizon and Google will start rolling out Universal Profile RCS (or Chat, as the carrier calls it) in the Messaging app for Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL users on the network.

Verizon has confirmed this information to Droid-Life, and the option should start appearing beginning today, December 6.

While Big Red already supports advanced messaging features such as read receipts and typing indicators in its own Messages+ app, the Universal Profile ensures that these features will work like as intended when messaging people who are on other carriers.

Moreover, Verizon employees have also posted the internal document announcing the change on Reddit. It reveals the full list of features while naming Google’s Messages app as the place to access the new options.

New messaging features coming to your Pixel 3

Starting today, Pixel 3 owners at Verizon will be able to do things like sending larger texts of up to 8000 characters, create large chat groups of up to 100 participants or send high-quality pictures and videos.

What’s more, users have the ability to send messages over Wi-Fi, even in the absence of a cellular connection. Typing indicators and read receipts are also part of the package.

Other upcoming features include stuff like local sharing, mobile payments, sending audio recordings, stickers and so much more.

Note that all this only works for users who have Chat enabled on their Pixel 3 devices. Otherwise, enhanced messaging will fall back to the standard SMS/MMS.

Last month, we heard that Verizon was planning to launch Universal Profile RCS early next year. Well fortunately for Pixel 3 users at Big Red, they will be getting a taste of enhanced messaging earlier than expect.

But given that RCS is still a long way from becoming a universal standard like SMS, whether or not you’ll actually be able to take advantage of the new feature will depend on who you are texting with.

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Best SMS alternatives for Android Messages

The Android Messages app from Google is a great resource to stay in touch with all the folks you care about via SMS. However, it may not be for everyone. Maybe you don’t care for the new Material Theme. Or you just want to venture out and try new things. Either way, we’ve put together a short list of SMS apps that might be worth an install.

Pulse

Pulse SMS is one of our favorite apps by the great dev team at Klinker Apps. They’ve been at it for quite some time and you may remember the first attempt at SMS with EvolveSMS. Pulse updates that effort with a Material-inspired UI and some slick features.

There are many offerings with Pulse and we’ll try to hit the high points. You’ll password protected, private conversations for those super secret texts. The app also has full GIF support, inline web previews, custom color schemes, and even delayed sending of messages.

And those are just the free options available to anyone with Pulse. If you want to take it a step further, you can opt into a few paid options to add things like automatic backups and desktop sync. The desktop sync offers a great way, and head to head competitor to Android Messages, to text while on a standard PC or tablet. The paid tiers are $0.99 per month, $1.99 per quarter, or $5.99 per year. If you can spare $10.99 you can just get a lifetime subscription and get it over with.

Check out Pulse free on the Google Play Store.

Textra

Textra is an old favorite. I feel like the SMS app has been around forever now and it’s still a solid offering to handle your texts. Textra big push is customizations. You can tweak the interface and settings to really be a text app specifically configured for you.

Notable mentions of these custom options are over 180 theme combinations, GIFs, and 21 different text sizes. Almost every detail can be altered to your taste. Want a specific bubble color for each contact? Check. Want that same contact to have their own notification sound or vibrate? That’s there as well.

While Textra doesn’t have a desktop solution, it has made sure it’s compatible with services that cover this space like Pushbullet and MightyText. This is a nice touch to make sure the bigger screens are covered for texting without the need of your phone even though Textra doesn’t offer it in-house.

Textra is free via the Play Store with ads or a one-time in-app $2.99 purchase to remove them.

Handcent

Handcent might be one of the first apps that can claim to be an alternative to the defaults on Android. The app launched way back in 2010 and has literally been adding features ever since. As you’d expect, it’s a lot of additions. Its chocked full of customizations much like the other on this list.

Chat bubble colors, LED color, vibration pattern, and ringtones can all be changed via the settings of Handcent. It also has group chats and an encrypted private mode outside of normal texts. Wrap all this in a Material design and you have a solid SMS option.

Handcent takes that same framework to your other devices as well via Handcent Anywhere. This allows you to continue your conversations via PC, Mac, or tablets. This is handled through a web app aw.handcent.com via your favorite browser.

Handcent can be had for free via the Google Play Store with pro options being added by in-app purchases.

Signal

Ever wonder who’s really “listening” and want to add some privacy to all your text messages? Well, Signal offers just that. The SMS newcomer is security focused on end-to-end encryption.

This can include your SMS as well as newer chatting over IP like Whatsapp and Hangouts. The app also allows for groups chats and uses your existing number at login instead of PIN sign-in. Phones calls are present as well when you need them.

What about the desktop? While tablets are not currently supported, Signal does offer web-based and native desktop solutions for pretty much any operating system. PC, Mac, Chrome OS, and Linux are all available.

Signal is free via the Google Play Store.

Facebook Messenger

Facebook is not one we always think of for texting. The company’s Messenger app has a pretty loyal following for IP-based chats, but it can also do standard SMS. Facebook added this optional feature a few years back and many find it the all-in-one solution for all their messaging needs wrapped in a single app.

While the company doesn’t offer SMS for desktop, you can use the webchat options as well as the other bells and whistles from internet messaging. You get video calls, emojis/stickers, group chats, and even mobile-to-mobile payments.

Facebook Messenger is free via the Play Store.

Mood Messenger

Mood Messenger is another great looking SMS app to add to this list. The design of the app seems clean, but the real draw is customization. Much like the others, Mood Messenger wants to allow the user a multitude of options to tweak the interface.

With these options, you’ll find chat bubbles, individual ringtones and lights, custom fonts, and over 100 themes. Another nice addition is type indicators that let you know when your contacts are working on a response. Mood also allows for private messaging with full encrypt and the ability to hide the entire chat behind a password key.

Mood Messenger is free to download from Google Play Store.

Chomp SMS

Lastly, we have Chomp SMS. If you can’t tell, there’s a trend with all these apps…user freedom. Chomp prides itself on not being boring and letting you change almost everything about their experience while sending messages. While it includes all the “standard” stuff of most alternatives, it does offer a few that stand out.

You can schedule texts to contacts and Chomp can even pull information from your calendar to wish someone a happy birthday. Another nice addition is being able to pin contacts to the top of your conversation list. It also doesn’t have a desktop solution, but does play nice with 3rd party apps like Pushbullet to fill this gap.

Chomp is available from the Play Store.

 

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Android Messages tips and tricks you need to know

There are so many different messaging platforms these days, it’s sometimes to keep up with the latest announcements. WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger, Instagram – these are just a few examples.

But there’s one messaging platform that still works on every single phone out there and that’s SMS/text messaging. Unfortunately, many of the default SMS apps that are pre-loaded on phones are often not that good. The good news is that there are plenty of alternatives out there starting with Google’s own Android Messages service.

The app comes pre-loaded on Pixel devices and several other phones, but if yours doesn’t come with it on board, you can easily download it on your device. The service is clean, simple to use and RCS-compliant. And it includes some features you might not be using just yet. And you definitely should.

Add a subject to your text

When you’re writing an SMS message, you don’t usually get a lot of options. Well in Android Messages you do have some extra functions available.

For example, you can add a Subject to your text and mark it as Urgent. To do so, write your message and instead of pressing Send, long-press on it. This will have the effect of bringing up the Subject option on top of the text box.

Opting to add a Subject will make the text behave as an MMS, although the recipient should see it as a normal text.

Easily block someone

Someone bothering you? With Android Messages, you can easily block someone. And there are two ways to go about that.

Either you can long press on the conversation and then tap on the Block button that looks like a circle with a strike-through that appears on top.

Or you can open up the conversation, tap on the three-dot menu in the top right corner and tap on People & Options. Choose “Block & report spam”.

In both cases, a pop-up will show up stating the following:

You won’t receive calls or text from X. This conversation will be archived”.

You can also choose to report the number, in which case “the spammer’s last message (up to 10) and their number go to Google. Their last SMS may go to your carrier.”

Send money/share your location

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Android Messages lets you easily share photos and search for stickers when you’re having a conversation. But there are more options hidden in there which you might want to explore like for example:

  • Send/Request money via Google Pay (if you’ve set up your Pay app)
  • Share your location
  • Record a short video message

Switch to Dark Mode with a single tap

Following Android 9.0 Pie release, Google has also been busy updating some of its Android system apps including Google Phone and Android Messages.

In Messages the search giant has introduced a new Dark Mode that changes the app’s overall color scheme to black. It’s quite simple to switch to the new theme.

In the app tap on the right-hand three-dot menu and choose Enable dark mode from there. If you want to go back to the previous Light them, access the three-dot menu again and tap on Disable dark mode. It’s that easy!

Archive old threads

If SMS is still your main form of communication with others, you’ll message list will probably get clutted fast. Android Messages gives you the option to clean up your inbox without actually getting rid of your messages for good.

So instead of sending them into perpetual oblivion, you can simply archive them and make them disappear from view.

To do so, long press a conversation and then tap on archive button that appears in the top-right corner. Once you’ve archived a few conversations, you can tap on the three-dot menu in the top right and tap on Archived to view or restore them.

Text from the web

If you ever used WhatsApp for Web, Android Messages for web works in similar fashion. You will need to go to messages.android.com on your computer. Here you’ll see a big QR Code on the right side of the page.

Open up your Android Messages on your phone and tap the three-dot icon in the top right. Tap on Messages for Web and next on Scan QR code. Point the camera at the QR code on the other device. In a second or two, the two should be linked up. And you’ll notice all your conversations will start showing up in the left column of your browser window.

Upcoming feature

Android Messages will soon get an extended search feature which will make it easier for users to search through old conversations.

You’ll only have to tap the search icon and select a specific contact to see your messaging history with them including one-on-one conversations, but also the photos, videos and links you’ve shared in-between.

The feature should start rolling out to users as soon as this week.

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Google pulling Android Messages update is a breach of trust

Google recently pushed an update out that brought its new Material Theme and dark UI to Android Messages. Users were happy to see this new version of the app hit their phones. Unfortunately, the excitement was short lived. Less than 48 hours after the update, Google pulled the new UI back with no explanation via a server-side regression.

Downgrading a new version of an app isn’t uncommon. Developers find small bugs after the fact all the time and recommend users to revert back to the previous installation. However, these server-side changes by Google feel different. There’s a slight hint of betrayal.

The way the update is pulled makes a huge difference in how it’s viewed by the user. That’s because ultimately we, as users, should have full control over individual apps we install. Especially those that are already sitting in our app drawer. Google stripped us of this right when they made changes to Messages without the user’s consent.

I’m not one to make a fuss about the “big bad” Google. I’m normally OK with the company and the tradeoffs it offers me for data, etc. However, pulling back a service that was literally a different version with new features is a step too far for me.

This would be fine if I were running Android beta software and a settings element is removed or added, but taking the entire new Material Theme back from the Android faithful isn’t what a company like Google should be doing. You don’t see Apple doing something like this. If Tim Cook and friends don’t want you seeing a new version, then you simply don’t see it. They make sure that nothing is revealed to users until it’s ready for prime time. Or if it is a mistake, then Apple is more apt to make an official statement to its users that the app will be pulled or changed.

Honestly, that may be my biggest issue with these server-side changes. It’s the lack of transparency. Making changes in the background without notification or consent is just confusing. Hell, we see users running the exact same software version of applications but seeing completely different experiences on their phones. This shouldn’t be common practice for a company with the scale of Google.

We are happy to report that the new UI theme is back live for some users, but it doesn’t change the fact that the way it’s being implemented is more than murky. It might even be a little shady. Google needs to decide on a better way to reach its base with new features in its official apps. Pulling it after people are seeing it on devices without warning is a breach of trust. We deserve better. And we should demand better from Google when many of us are buying close to $1000 hardware running Android.

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Google intros Android 9 Pie (Go edition), will become available this fall

Last year, Google launched a stripped back version of its mobile operating system designed for low-spec smartphones. The promise behind Android Go was pretty simple. Built on Android Oreo, this version was meant to run better on phones with either 512MB or 1GB of RAM.

Google said that every Android release would have an Android Go configuration. And with Android 9.0 Pie out and about, Google has this week announced the updated Go variant.

It’s called Android 9 Pie (Go Edition). The new build relies on the foundation of the previous version but brings a series of new features.

Android 9 Pie (Go edition) adds new features and more options

For starters, Google has managed to shrink down its size with an additional 500MB compared to the Oreo Go edition. This allows the new variant to leave up to 5.5GB of free space on a device with 8GB of storage. The search giant says the regular version of Android 9.0 Pie would leave only 2.5GB free.

Other improvements coming in the new Go Edition include faster boot times and increased security. What’s more, Google has also baked in a dashboard especially designed to monitor data consumption.

Google’s host of Go Edition apps, which have been reimagined to provide a better experience on lesser hardware have also been improved in the new version.

For example, the Android Messages app for Go now weights half the size compared to the regular variant. What’s more, the Google Assistant Go app supports new languages like Spanish and Portuguese. Google also updated Maps Go with navigation services, while Files Go is now capable of transferring data peer-to-peer without using mobile data.

Google says the new Android 9 Pie (Go Edition) will arrive sometime this fall, but it hasn’t revealed the exact date yet.

There are currently over 200 Android Go devices available in 120+ countries like the US, Nigeria, Brazil or India. And according to Google, more than 100 manufacturers have plans to release new devices by the end of this year.

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Google Duo integration now available in Phone, Contacts and Messages apps (for some phones)

Google is making it easier for users to make video calls using its own video calling app – Duo. Starting this week, owners of select Android smartphones will be able to make Duo calls right from their device’s Android Phone, Contacts, and Android Messages apps. From within the phone app, you’ll be able to initiate […]

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Google Duo deep integration coming to the Pixel’s dialer and Messages apps

Google has been going after Facetime and WhatsApp with its own solution called Duo – an app that is free to use and enables one-on-one video and voice calls. Duo relies on your phone number, allows you to reach people in your phone’s contact list, boasts end-to-end encryption and has a unique feature called Knock […]

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Hangouts for Android no longer supports SMS as of this week

Don’t say we didn’t warn you – Google confirmed it was ending SMS support in Hangouts back in March. Now the inevitable has happened, as the company finally pulled out the SMS component out of the Hangouts equation. Still Project Fi subscribers and Google Voice subscribers can still access the feature. As Google is increasingly […]

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