Users can finally send scheduled messages in Google Messages and it really couldn’t be easier. This is because with this feature in place, users can type a message and then set a date and time to send.
News new functionality has been around for some time now, appearing to some but not to others. Some have speculated that it won’t arrive until Android 12. But now it’s made official, as spotted by Twitter user Sai Reddy. And, hence, it should appear for every user with the latest version of the app.
How do you use scheduled messages in Google Messages?
As stated above, the process of using the feature is incredibly straightforward. In fact, it works almost the same as similar features in other messaging apps.
The first step, of course, is to type a message that is to be sent at a later date and / or time. Then, instead of just tapping on the send arrow icon, users need to long-press that symbol. A dialog box will appear with a title that reads “Scheduled Message” and “Send if phone is on”.
This implies that the message will only be sent if the phone is on and connected.
Under this heading, users will see a full battery of options. Including “Later Today”, “Later Tonight” and “Tomorrow”. Of course, the times are preselected. So, the exact time the messages will be delivered depends on a few different factors. But there is also a third option called “Select date and time”. This opens a calendar style picker. Press “Next” after selecting a date to switch to a clock style time picker.
Once scheduled, users are also free to edit, delete, or send the message immediately with a touch. These options remain in place until the scheduled time and date of dispatch.
What about old long press subject line tools?
Prior to this update, a long press on the send button would highlight tools to add a subject line for messages. This option has not been removed from the app with the update. Instead, it’s been placed in the three-dot overflow menu at the top right of the UI.
Finally, Google Messages added the “Schedule Message” function 📅🕛.
Put some text in the draft, press and hold the send button “schedule message” option will appear. Previously used to get an option to add a subject for mms now it has moved to the 3 dot menu @ 9to5Google @SkylledDev @AndroidPolice pic.twitter.com/iMNoSt3hLu
– Sai Reddy (@besaireddy) November 4, 2020