Creating a daily SMS timer in App Inventor for Android

This article details how to create a timer in Google’s App Inventor that sends a text message to a recipient on a daily basis at a predetermined time. This app can then be packaged and downloaded to your Android based phone.

First, you’ll need to apply for App Inventor. This article assumes you’ve got App Inventor installed, and have set up your computer and Android phone.

First, let me say that although this app is functional, App Inventor won’t let you package the application into a distributable APK file, or provide it as a download through the Android Market. That being said, it’s a good learning tool about the App Inventor Blocks Editor. Also, I use Google Voice for most of my text messaging, but this app will use the native texting app for your phone, not Google Voice.

I’ve named this app on my phone DailyMessage, as it’s a simple clock based timer that sends a text message every day at a time hard coded in the block executable code. Of course, this app isn’t very useful if you want to change the time the SMS is sent, but that’s a later article. This app needs to run continuously to check the clock, so make sure to set your phone’s task killer to ignore this app if you want to use it religiously.

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Mobile Device Access Now Supported

All you thousands of visitors have been yearning for an update, but I’ve been busy with a lot of things lately.

The only update I have at the moment that is worthy of sharing is that now supports mobile devices.

No longer will have you to squint or double tap your screen to enlarge the text on, visiting it from your mobile device will now present you an easy to read display of the latest posts. Thanks to to the great WordPress plug in WPTouch.