WhatsApp has replaced conventional text messaging for most smartphone users around the world. And why not? WhatsApp is a more secure, reliable, easy to use, feature-rich and convenient service. However, there is one feature that is missing in WhatsApp, which only keeps one step behind traditional messaging. The feature I'm talking about is the ability to schedule your messages. While many OEMs allow you to schedule text messages natively (like Samsung and LG), there is no such feature in WhatsApp. I know most people don't use the message scheduling feature, however, an important feature for many users out there, including me. However, although it is not possible to schedule messages on WhatsApp natively, you can use an alternative solution if you want to use this function. So if you're someone looking for a way to schedule WhatsApp messages, here's how to do it.
Schedule WhatsApp messages using third party apps
As mentioned above, WhatsApp does not allow you to natively schedule messages about its service, so to do this, we will have to use third-party apps on Android. Third-party apps will not replace the main WhatsApp app, but will act as add-ons.
SQEDit Scheduling App
On the Play Store there are only a few applications that can help you plan messages on WhatsApp and, frankly, most of them are quite negative. I have installed and used most of them and found this to be the best in the bunch. In addition to scheduling WhatsApp messages, SQEDit it also allows you to schedule emails, regular text messages, Facebook posts and calls . The app simple enough to set up and use. It will be one of the easiest tutorials to follow.
1. Install the free app from the Play Store and then launch it. On the app home page, touch the WhatsApp icon and then grant the necessary permissions . SQEDit requires accessibility permissions to automate and schedule messages on WhatsApp.
2. If you missed the pop-up to ask for authorization, don't worry, you can do it manually. Go up Settings-> Advanced-> Accessibility . Here, find SQEDit and tap on it then grant permission.
4. Once the permissions are finished, launch the app again touch the WhatsApp icon . Here you can schedule your messages by choosing the contact and the date and time . You can also add an attachment by tapping on the attachment button.
5. Here you can also choose to send the message automatically or manually. If you enable the button "Send manually" (which enabled by default), you will receive a notification for authorization at the scheduled time . Conversely, if you disable the button, the app will automatically send the message without asking for permission. Once you're done, press the "SCHEDULE" button in the upper right corner to program your message.
However, one thing to remember here that, due to Android's security limitations, the app cannot automatically send the message when the phone is locked . This is because Android does not allow the app to ignore the lock screen. The phone must be unlocked to automatically send the message. If the phone is locked, the app will send you a notification to unlock the phone at the scheduled time. As soon as you unlock your phone, the message will be sent automatically. I know this solution is not optimal, but this is all we have now.
Note : If you want the app to send a message even when the device is locked, you need to grant root access to the device.
In addition, I have tried almost all the apps that claim to have you schedule WhatsApp messages, but unfortunately most of them don't work and some seem to simply be bloatware. However, we will update the article if there is a new app on the Play Store that works better than the SQEDit Scheduling app.
Schedule WhatsApp messages on Android
The ability to program WhatsApp messages is a very important feature for me as it takes away the stress of remembering everything. If you think about it, only a form of automation, which, if used effectively, can reduce the workload. Although the current method of scheduling WhatsApp messages has a big disadvantage, we have no other choice. Frankly, I wish WhatsApp would support this feature natively, but until it happens, SQEDit the best option out there. You can fully appreciate its use if your device is rooted, but, even without root, better than having nothing. Do you feel the same? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below.