28 September 2020
Google Messages used to be a simple app meant to help users send and receive text messages but not anymore. In an effort to bring it at par with instant messaging apps, Google has been adding numerous useful features including RCS support. It has now been spotted testing the text scheduling feature for the Messages application.
Sai Reddy (@besaireddy), a Twitter user, was the first user to spot and share the new feature with others. Google Messages text scheduling feature can be accessed by pressing and holding on the Send button. It will show you a pop-up with three preset times and an option to set a custom date and time. The three presets are Later today (6:00 PM), Later tonight (9:00 PM), and Tomorrow (8:00 AM). It should be noted that the scheduled text will only be sent if your phone is on at that particular moment.
Once the text has been scheduled, it will appear with the "Scheduled message" label in the conversation. It will also have a clock icon next to it that will work as a scheduled message sign. Tapping on the same will reveal the date and time for which it has been scheduled. There are three more options: Update message, Send now, and Delete message. These options exactly the way their name suggests.
The text scheduling feature does not seem to be in a mass rollout stage yet as only a few users have reported seeing it. We are hoping that it becomes available for everyone sooner than later. It goes without saying that it will prove to be a nifty addition to the Messages app's functionalities.