How to schedule messages and social network posts with Schemes for Android

Schemes is an app that lets you schedule SMS, Twitter, Facebook, and Gmail messages to be sent automatically to different contacts at a specific time on a chosen day. Getting around it is pretty easy, and we're going to show you how.

Install Schemes from the Google Play Store (it's free!) on your device and launch it. After the Welcome screen, you will be asked to set up your Twitter, Facebook, and Gmail accounts. This is done exactly the same as in other apps that ask you for the keys to your social domes. When you're done, you will be greeted by the app's interface, which is 100% Android and looks very recent. The button to the left lets you oversee the queue of scheduled messages. The rightmost three buttons is where it really gets interesting.

The first lets you access the app's Pro (paid) features, which constitute Repeating schemes, Images as attachments, custom themes, and new features coming with updates. The second one is where you'll start making Schemes. Tap it, and you'll reach a screen that lets you select the social mediums and email recipients you'll be broadcasting to, and it's where you'll be typing your message. When you're done, use the Set time and Set date buttons to schedule the message.

When you're done, tap the Right arrow button, and behold, your Scheme is activated. It will show up in the messages queue, and you'll be able to cancel or edit them before they are sent.

In Schemes' Settings menu, you are able to adjust the app's display of Notifications, or clear the message history. You can also opt to log out from your social accounts for whatever reason there is.

And that's pretty much it! Enjoy sending automated messages with a breeze.




Posts: 2; Member since: Jan 16, 2013

A nice feature set, and well-implemented from the sound of it, but Schemes suffers from the same problem, at least from a Facebook perspective, as every other third-party posting tool: Facebook will treat anything posted this way as App activity, which it gives far less prominence than direct posting. Back when the world was young and dinosaurs roamed the Internet, and (more pertinently) the Facebook Android app was horribly buggy and slow, I used the Friendcaster app to access Facebook on my dog-slow, memory-starved Android 2.2 device. It was great from the reading side of things, I was able to view my Facebook feed using an interface that was much faster and cleaner than the offiical one. But after using it for a short while I began to realize that not nearly as many of my Facebook friends were seeing status updates and shares I posted usind Friendcaster (photo uploads didn't seem as affected, probably because people rely so heavily on third-party uploader tools), compared to the things I posted directly through Facebook's official interface(s). Facebook's filtering algorithms weight app activity far more negatively than "real" posts even in the best of circumstances. Plus, visibility can be even further impacted by users blocking/hiding all activity from the app in question. (This is all in reference to social account posts, anyway -- when posting to Pages things may be different. Especially considering Facebook negatively-weights almost ALL non-paid Page activity, even through their official UI.) Tools like Schemes can be convenient ways to create Facebook posts in ways not provided by their official UI, unfortunately the tradeoff can be that you end up mostly talking to yourself.

2. Alfisti

Posts: 3; Member since: Dec 14, 2013

"unfortunately the tradeoff can be that you end up mostly talking to yourself" Don't mean to be rude but that comment is ironic when you consider yours and now mine to be the only comments on here haha

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