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How to schedule a Slack message

Never ping someone at midnight again.

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Quick Answer: You can schedule a message in Slack by clicking or tapping the green button beside a message before you send it.

Slack is a great communication platform, and knowing how to schedule messages can be a great productivity tool.

Maybe the person you are messaging is in a different time zone, or you simply don’t want to dive into a discussion until later. Using the schedule feature can help.

You can schedule the message and Slack will automatically deliver it at the appropriate time. If you want to start using this feature, we’ll provide a full breakdown on both desktop and mobile below.

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Here’s how to use Slack’s schedule message tool

If you want to schedule a message in Slack, you can do that on both desktop and in the iOS and Android app. Here’s how.

On desktop:

Find the person or room you want to schedule a message in and draft your message

Click the down arrow located to the right of the text boxSlack schedule message prompt

Decide on a date and time to send the messageSchedule message choices on slack

That’s it, you can now schedule messages on the desktop version of Slack.

On Android and iOS:

If you are using Slack on Android or iOS, scheduling messages is a similar process. We’ll walk you through the process below.

  1. Open Slack and navigate to the person or channel you want to schedule a message with
  1. Type out your message then long-press the green button
Mobile slack app
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  1. This will bring up scheduling options – use a predetermined option or select Custom Time
Slack schedule message option mobile
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Once completed, Slack will alert you that the message has been scheduled for a specific time.

Use scheduled messages to improve your communication

That’s it. You now know how to schedule messages on Slack.

Now, there’s no excuse for pinging someone at midnight ever again. Unless it’s Kevin, then please, send messages at the worst times. He deserves it, I swear.

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Want more Slack tips and tricks?

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