How to schedule Android text messaging with Do It Later

If you need to schedule texts, emails, phone calls, twitter updates, and more, you might want to give this free Android app a try.

How to schedule Android text messaging with Do It Later If you need to schedule texts, emails, phone calls, twitter updates, and more, give this free Android app a try.

I've become fond of the new Gmail send scheduler. Why? Because there are times when I want to compose a message and schedule it to be sent at a specific time. I don't want to draft something, save it, and have to remember to go back to that draft just so I can send it at a specific time.

The same holds true for SMS messages. There are times when I want to compose something in the moment and schedule it to be sent at a later time. Currently, there is no built-in way to schedule those SMS messages. There is, however, a third-party tool that allows you to do just that.

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Said third-party tool is Do It Later. With this app, you can:

  • Schedule text messages, emails, phone calls, Twitter status updates, and personal reminders.
  • Send text messages at an exact time or within a time frame.
  • Schedule delay frequency for hourly, daily, weekly, monthly, or annually.
  • See report results with either "Sent" and "Delivered" statuses.
  • Send to multiple recipients.
  • Get an alert on task completion.
  • Use predefined text templates.
  • Input messages via speech recognition.

Let's install Do It Later and see how it works. I'll demonstrate on Android 9, but the app works on Android 4.2 or later.

Installation

From the Google Play Store, you can install the free version of the app. This version does contain some rather intrusive ads. If the ads become bothersome you can purchase the premium version ($2.99 USD), which removes the ads, gives you unlimited SMS recipients and email attachments, adds a backup and restore user data feature, and upgrades app support. Is the premium version worth the $2.99? That is for you to decide. The upgrade to premium is an in-app purchase, which can be accessed by tapping the gold ribbon on the app's main window.

Let's install.

  1. Open the Google Play Store on your Android device.
  2. Search for do it later.
  3. Locate and tap the entry by Hnib.
  4. Tap Install.
  5. Allow the installation to complete.

Once installed, you can launch the app from your App Drawer. There is no need to create an account or log in with any credentials of any kind. You are ready to go.

Scheduling a message

To schedule a message is simple. Open the app and, from the main window (Figure A), follow these steps:

Figure A

Figure A: The Do It Now main window.

  1. Tap +.
  2. Tap Message (Figure B).
  3. If prompted, OK the necessary permissions.
  4. Type the recipient and the name.
Figure B

Figure B: Select what you want to schedule from the options.


  1. Tap the date and time entries to customize the time for sending the message (Figure C), or tap the menu button (three horizontal dots) to select a predefined time.
  2. When complete, tap the check in the upper right corner to schedule the message.
Figure C

Figure C: Customizing the time for a specific send.

Should you need to set up a scheduled SMS message more quickly, you can opt to use one of the predefined templates. While creating the scheduled message, tap the water drop icon (upper right corner of the message entry block) and either select the template to be used (Figure D), or tap + to create a new template.

Figure D

Figure D: Using one of the predefined templates.

Simple scheduling

And that's the gist of scheduling an SMS with the Do It Later Android app. Until the day Android has this functionality baked in, you won't find an easier solution than this. And if you find yourself depending on this app, I highly recommend paying the $2.99 to get rid of the ads. Either free or paid, Do It Later is your best route to scheduling messages, emails, and more.

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