Google Messages is rolling out a new feature to some of its users in its latest Google Messages APK. And this feature will reportedly let users schedule their messages.
After typing a message, users can choose a time and date they would like their message to be sent. Users can either choose from one predefined schedule or select a custom date and time.
Do you have it on your Android phone yet?
Google Messages feature lets you schedule your messages
The ability to schedule emails and schedule calendar events are now within our reach. But what about scheduling messages? Well, that depends on the app that you are using.
But if you are using Google Messages as your primary messaging app, you might want to hear about its latest feature –– it lets users schedule messages to send for later.
Have you ever needed to send an important text message to someone but it wasn’t time yet? Then, when that time came around, you totally forgot about it.
So, if you need to send someone a birthday greeting on a certain date, or remind someone of an event at a certain time, you can now schedule your message in advance. Now, there is no more forgetting to wish someone a happy birthday!
A Twitter user, Sai Reddy (@besaireddy), shared screenshots of the new feature on the platform. The most requested feature is coming to users as a server-side update to all Google Messages users. This means that you don’t have to download anything to get the feature.
As amazing as the feature is, it seems that it is only available to select users, as it’s still in its early testing phase. And just like any Google update, the feature has not rolled out to everyone just yet. But, do not fret. This feature will be on its way to you – just be patient.
How to activate the feature on your Android phone?
The good thing is, activating Google Messages’ newest feature is relatively easy. However, it seems like Google has hidden it in a long-press and so it might not be that obvious to some.
Luckily, we will be giving you the step-by-step instructions on how to activate it.
Step 1: First off, if you don’t have Google Messages installed in your Android phone, then download and install it now.
Step 2: Compose a new text message.
Step 3: Once your message is ready to send and you have already set a date and time for the delivery, long-press the “Send” button. By doing so, this will open the text details menu.
Step 4: In the menu, you will see various predetermined delivery times that you can choose from. Choices include “Later today, 6:00 pm”, and “Tomorrow, 8:00 am.”
And if this is your first time using this hidden menu, you can even add a subject line or tag a message as “Urgent.”
Step 5: If you don’t choose any of the options, you can pick a more specific time by tapping on the “Select date and time” button.
Step 6: Set the date and time you want your text message to be sent.
Step 7: Tap on “Save” to confirm the delivery time.
Step 8: Once you are done, Google Messages will then send the text message on the date and time set.
The unsent scheduled text messages are visible in a conversation thread, but it has a clock icon next to it. If you opt to cancel or edit your scheduled texts, just open the conversation and tap the unsent text. Then, you can now delete it or edit the date or time of the delivery.