How many times have you tried to remind yourself to send a text message in the future and then just never got around to it, or had to just cave and send it immediately so you wouldn’t forget? Better yet, how many times have you sent a text message and then instantly regretted it because it wasn’t good timing? It’s happened to the best of us, but fortunately, the solution to these problems is here.
These two iOS apps can save the day because they allow you to type in a text message for anyone and schedule it to send off later on. One app can even schedule social media posts like tweets for later too. Unlike your messages, let’s not delay getting into these apps.
Delayd is brand new to the App Store but it’s already setting the standard for how an SMS and social media post scheduler should function. All you have to do to register is download the app, put in your mobile phone number then enter in the 4-digit PIN code that’s sent to you via text message. If you want to be able to schedule social media posts as well as text messages, you can optionally log in with your email account, Facebook or Twitter.
To schedule an email or post, you just tap the service you want to schedule it for at the bottom: SMS, email, Facebook or Twitter. Choose the contact(s) you want to send it to (or manually enter a phone number) followed by the time you want it to send out and your own message. You can also have the message automatically recur every day, week, month or year if you’d like. The only weird disappointment is that messages don’t send from your own phone number, they send from Delayd’s own number.
Tip: Email and social media also have different fields appropriate to those posts. In emails, you can also include a Cc address and subject line while on Facebook you can add a photo.
The app comes with 50 credits to boot, which is more than enough to give it a test drive. Posting to Facebook, Twitter and email is free, so SMS is the only service that will cost you. If you run out of your 50 credits, you can purchase them in affordable packs starting at 50 for $0.99 all the way up to 500 for $3.99.
Delayd itself is totally free and available for iPhone.
2. Text Timer
Text Timer is a little bit more bare-bones and straightforward than Delayd. It doesn’t support scheduling posts for social media platforms or email, so it’s text messages only. All you have to do in Text Timer is tap the Compose button to choose the date and time you want to schedule your message for, choose the recipients from your contacts and type your message.
It’s simple, clean and most importantly, it works. Plus it’s free, so unlike Delayd you don’t have to keep buying credits to continue scheduling your messages.
If you’re looking for something to efficiently delay text messages (an oxymoron if I’ve ever seen one) without the bells and whistles or price of Delayd, Text Timer is a great alternative.