WhatsApp, Discord, and other apps that let you message yourself for peak productivity

WhatsApp, Discord, and other apps that let you message yourself for peak productivity

Texting yourself may seem strange at first. It’s a descent into madness, as you abandon your friends to retreat into your own company. It is becoming more common for . apps to send messages to your future self.

You can create your own private inbox by storing all the messages you send to people via messaging apps. This includes photos, web links, notes, emails, and any other information you need to keep track of.

Texting yourself is a great way to communicate with others. Your messages can be synced across multiple devices and are easily searchable on your smartphone or laptop. Even if you aren’t convinced, we recommend that you give it a shot. You might be surprised at the benefits of having a conversation with yourself.

Why it is important to start messaging yourself

You can use the messages that you send to yourself in any way that makes sense to you. They can be used to remind you of things you need to buy, movies you want, people you need back to, dreams that you don’t want forgotten, or places you want visit.

[Related: How to save your text messages from disappearing when you get a new phone]

Add photos and videos to create more detailed reminders. You might want to snap a photo of a color scheme or outfit you like, or remember where you parked your car. Your phone is probably already well equipped with an image manager, like Google Photos or the iPhone’s Photos app. You might have a particular image that you want to keep close at your phone, and not hidden under all the photos of your nephew’s tenth-birthday party your family keeps sending you. Many apps support audio so you can leave voice memos if you don’t feel like typing.

You can also easily share other files, including audio clips, videos, and photos, in a conversation with you. You might have a specific work document that you need, or a digital ticket for a show that is urgently needed.

You can also text yourself to save articles, funny tweets, or specific URLs that you need for work. There are many ways to save and manage your links on your phone. However, your own messaging inbox allows you to quickly and easily forward URLs to your contacts, just like photos.

Many people already use an app like Apple Notes or Google Keep for these purposes mainly because they have more features and options in terms of sorting and organizing. Sometimes simpler and less cluttered is better. A message thread can be used to your advantage as both a dumping ground and a list of prioritized items.

What apps to use to message yourself

WhatsApp recently made headlines for its self-messaging function. To use it, from the main chat screen in the app for Android or iOS, tap the new chat button (a conversation bubble icon) in the lower right corner. Your name may appear at the top, but if not, you can search for it at the top using the magnifying glass. Once you have selected yourself, the chat will open.

Slack can also be used. You can save files and link in a private chat, create to-do lists, draft messages, and save them for later. Open the app for Android or iOS, tap the new chat button (a pencil inside a square) in the lower right corner, then enter your own name as the person you want to chat to. On the desktop app and on the web, you’ll see your name as the first entry on the list of contacts under Direct messages.

The Facebook Messenger apps for Android and iOS also support conversations with yourself. Tap the pencil icon in the upper right corner of the main chat listing, and then choose yourself to be the contact. This conversation can be treated as any normal conversation. You can add photos, videos and voice notes to the main chat list, and even locations you wish to call up later.

To message yourself on Apple Messages for iOS, tap the button showing a pencil inside a square (top right), then enter yourself as the recipient. All features of Messages are available, including embedded video clips and memoji reactions.

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This function is not available in all messaging apps. Over on Android’s default messaging client, Google Messages, texting yourself is not as practical. You can open a new conversation and choose your number to be the recipient. However, you’ll get everything twice so you might want another app.

On Discord for Android or iOS, you won’t find the feature either, but there’s a workaround–you’ll need to create your own personal server rather than a one-to-one chat, complete with channels and all the other server features. To get started, tap the plus icon in your navigation pane. Next, choose Create my Own HTML1. Make sure you don’t invite anyone else.

David Nield

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