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Getting started with Schemes for Android

Schedule SMS, tweets, Facebook posts, and Gmail messages with just a few taps with this Android app.

Screenshot by Nicole Cozma/CNET

Being able to schedule an SMS, tweet, Facebook post, or Gmail is extremely useful. An SMS can be used to wish a distant friend or relative a happy birthday. A tweet or Facebook post can help your small business, or remind friends about a local event. And lastly, scheduling a Gmail message is useful when the recipient lives in another time zone and you don't want to disturb them.

The Schemes app for Android lets you schedule all of these message types, at no cost. Furthermore, you can send these scheduled messages without needing to create any accounts, as you would with a service like HootSuite. Here's how to get started:

Step 1: Install a copy of the Schemes app on your Android device.

Step 2: The app will prompt you to connect the necessary accounts for which you want to schedule messages.

Screenshot by Nicole Cozma/CNET

Step 3: After that, just fill in the required fields, then set a time and date for the message.

Screenshot by Nicole Cozma/CNET

Messages waiting to be sent will be shown in a queue (color-coded by service) and can be edited, rescheduled, and deleted.

There are a few notes that are worth mentioning. First, Facebook messages may have difficulty posting at their scheduled time if you have text authentication enabled. Second, the SMS auto-complete feature is very beta. And third, you cannot schedule multiple messages at once over a period of time. However, after investigating the developer replies on Google Play, it seems a feature like this is in the works.

Overall, the app is plain, but it gets the job done. What sort of messages will you be scheduling to send to your friends, family, and colleagues? If you have any other creative uses for this app, please share them in the comments.