Here’s how to schedule messages to Send Later in iOS 18 on iPhone

Schedule messages to Send Later in iOS 18 on an iPhone

By Dave Johnson - Executive Editor
1 Min Read

Whether it’s too late at night or too important to forget, you can now schedule a message to send at a specified time.

Follow along below for how to use Send Later with Messages on iPhone as the feature is a bit buried in the app’s settings.

How to schedule messages to Send Later in iOS 18

Note: Send Later in Messages only works with iMessages, not SMS texts

  1. Open the Messages app on your iPhone.
  2. Select an existing text or create a new one
  3. Write your text, but before hitting the send button, tap the icon on the left side of the text field
  4. Tap More (or swipe down), now choose Send Later
  5. Pick a date and time to schedule the message
  6. Tap the send button (up arrow) to set the scheduled message

After you set a scheduled message, it will show up on your screen in the thread with a dotted-line bubble.

Tap Edit if you’d like to change the scheduled date/time, want to send it now, or delete the scheduled message.

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By Dave Johnson Executive Editor
Dave Johnson is the editor-in-chief at GeeksChalk where he oversees all of site’s evergreen content to ensure it’s up to date with the latest information. Hailing from New Jersey in the US, he has over seven years of experience in the tech journalism space and holds a degree in English Literature. In his spare time, Dave can found checking out the latest video games, immersing himself in his favorite sporting pastime of football, and petting every dog he comes across in the outside world.