To schedule a message, three pre-defined options are offered: "Later today, 6pm", "Later today, 9pm" and "Tomorrow, 8am".
Google has started testing a new feature in the Messages app, which will allow you to schedule the sending of text messages, choosing the desired day and time.
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To schedule a message, three pre-defined options are offered: "Later today, 6pm", "Later today, 9pm" and "Tomorrow, 8am". They appear when pressing and holding the send button, after typing the text, when a new menu appears with the option to schedule the sending.
There is also a fourth alternative, "Select date and time", in case the previous ones do not meet your needs. By touching it, the user can set the desired day and time for the sending, as it happens in the scheduled email system available in Gmail.
After choosing the desired option, you must touch the "Save" button to confirm the scheduling. In the sequence, the scheduled message appears in the chat normally, but accompanied by a clock icon, indicating the use of the new function. By touching it, you can edit the text, delete it and also send it immediately, before the set deadline.
According to the XDA, the Google Messages scheduling function was made available only to some users during the testing period. However, the code already appears in the most recent APK version, which may indicate the release to more people over the coming weeks.
It should gradually reach the entire user base by updating the server. That is, there is no need to update the app to have access to the new feature.
Still according to the publication, the scheduled sending tool works with normal text messages, without requiring the RCS, as required in some of the other features found in Google's messaging app.