There is truly no denying that WhatsApp is the most extensively used messaging tool these days. Whether it is personal chatting or official communication, WhatsApp is what we look for. However, in spite of its popularity and widespread application, it lacks many important features. For instance, it does not have the built-in capability to schedule the messages at a future time.
While scheduling is not the feature most users miss, the lack of it keeps WhatsApp from becoming the most effective communication tool. Especially the business professionals and corporate users would love to see this feature added to this app soon. In fact, even in the personal domain, message scheduling makes sure you don’t miss important dates such as birthdays and anniversaries.
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The good news is that we have a workaround in the form of third-party message scheduling apps. In this article, we will learn how to schedule WhatsApp messages on Android using these apps. Keep reading!
WHAT DO YOU NEED?
As aforementioned, WhatsApp does not offer the native ability to schedule the messages. This is why we will need to use a third-party application. What app you must use depends on a great deal upon whether or not you have rooted your Android. We will touch upon both the aspects in a while. How to scheduled WhatsApp messages on Android are sent is also determined by the rooting status.
There are quite a few ‘scheduler’ apps out there. But, honestly, only a few of them can be trusted. Rest does not function the way they are supposed to or offer poor services. The one app we have used and liked is ‘Scheduler for WhatsApp.’ This app is available on Google Play Store. It is for the non-rooted devices.
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In case you have a rooted device, you could use a third-party app like ‘Seeby Scheduler Root.’ This app too is available on Play Store (for now to say the least).
The other app which has seemed to serve purpose fine on the non-rooted devices is SQEDit Scheduling App. Let’s learn about these apps now.
All these apps are free of cost.
HOW TO SCHEDULE WHATSAPP MESSAGES USING THE THIRD PARTY APPS
The first thing you need to do is install one of the apps from Google Play Store. Most Android devices are non-rooted so we will start with talking about Scheduler for Whatsapp application.
Go to Google Play Store and install this app.
Once the app is installed, you will have to enable it and grant it certain special permissions. For this, navigate to Settings >> Accessibility >> Services (In some devices the path is Settings >> Advanced >> Accessibility). Here, you need to enable the service.
That done, go back to the home screen and launch Scheduler for WhatsApp and follow the steps below:
- On the app homescreen, tap the ‘+’ sign or icon on the lower left corner.
- Now choose the recipients you wish to send the scheduled message to. You may select individuals or group.
- Now choose the date and time when you would like the message to be delivered
- You can also select the frequency of the message delivery. For instance, you can have the message sent just once or on a daily basis. You can also schedule it for weekly, monthly and yearly delivery.
- Now type in your message in the ‘Enter Message/Attach Image’ section. As the title suggests, you may also attach an image to your message.
Note: You may use SQEDit Scheduling App instead if you like. Both the apps function pretty much the same way. They even have similar steps.
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HOW WILL IT WORK?
Now that you have scheduled the messages you would like to know how it actually works. Well, it is pretty simple. You have drafted a message, assigned it a delivery time and also chosen the recipients. When the scheduled time arrives, the WhatsApp message will be sent automatically to the intended recipient(s).
But, there is a catch!
Android does not allow the app to send the scheduled messages when the screen is locked or you have protected it with a pattern, password or PIN. The device must be UNLOCKED in order for the app to send the message. Due to security reasons, the apps cannot bypass the authentication or locked screen on the non-rooted devices.
So, what about rooted Android devices?
Rooting gives you more liberty and control over the device. If you have a rooted device and using one of the root apps, you will be able to have it send the scheduled message right on time, regardless whether the screen is locked, unlocked or authentication protected.
WHAT HAPPENS WHEN I DON’T UNLOCK MY UNROOTED PHONE AT THE SCHEDULED TIME?
That’s a good question indeed! You will have to have the device unlocked at the scheduled time for the app to deliver the message. This sounds a little ironical, doesn’t it? What’s the point of scheduling the message when you still need to remember the time and unlock it? You might just as well send the message manually when it is supposed to be sent.
But, it is not all that bad.
Even though the app will not be able to send the message by bypassing the security, it will still be able to send a notification to you reminding that you have a scheduled message. When you see the notification, you can unlock the phone and the message will be delivered. This may not be the most desirable solution but this is what it is. And, I believe that it is better to have something than nothing at all. At least, you don’t have to keep an eye on your watch to make sure you don’t miss sending the message that must be sent.
But, what if I miss the notification?
That’s another great question I will say. We do miss notification many times. For example, while stepping into a meeting, we usually put the phone on silent mode and quite often do not even look at it until the meeting is over. Or for that matter, if it is too noisy around you, it might drown out the notification sound and you may again miss it.
When you miss the notification, the app will deliver the scheduled message the next time you unlock the phone. So, say, your message was to be delivered at 3 PM and you unlock your phone at 3:30 PM, it will be delivered at 3:30 PM.
WhatsApp has become the most widely used messaging application worldwide. It is no more only the mode of personal communication. It is also extensively used by professionals and corporate people. This is why the ability to schedule WhatsApp messages has become even more in demand. Thankfully, the tools we have talked about let you schedule the messages. But, they do have a drawback. Unless you have a rooted device, the scheduling app will not be able to send the messages if the screen is locked or protected by a password, PIN or pattern. There is no skirting around this restriction for now. However, we can live with that as it is better to have something than having nothing at all.