Build A Python Script To Automate Text Messages

Falah Gatea
2 min readFeb 27, 2023

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I can help you build a Python script to automate text messages. Here are the steps you can follow:

  1. Set up a Twilio account: Twilio is a cloud communications platform that allows you to send SMS messages. Create an account on their website and get your Account SID and Auth Token.

2. Install the Twilio library: Use the following command to install the Twilio library:

pip install twilio

3. Import the necessary modules: In your Python script, you need to import the twilio module and datetime module. The twilio the module will allow you to send SMS messages, while the datetime the module will allow you to set a specific time to send the messages.

from twilio.rest import Client
import datetime

4. Set up the Twilio client: To send SMS messages using Twilio, you need to create a client object. Use the Account SID and Auth Token you obtained earlier to set up the client object.

account_sid = 'YOUR_ACCOUNT_SID'
auth_token = 'YOUR_AUTH_TOKEN'
client = Client(account_sid, auth_token)

5. Set up the message details: Specify the message details such as the message body, the recipient’s phone number, and the time you want to send the message. You can use the datetime module to specify the time.

message = 'Hello, this is an automated message'
recipient = '+1234567890' # Replace with the recipient's phone number
send_time = datetime.datetime(2023, 3, 1, 9, 0, 0) # Replace with the time you want to send the message

6. Send the message: Use the client.messages.create() method to send the message. Specify the recipient's phone number and the message body as parameters. You can also set the time to send the message using the send_at parameter.

message = client.messages.create(
to=recipient,
body=message,
send_at=send_time
)

print(message.sid) # Prints the message SID

7. Run the script: Save the script as a .py file and run it using the following command:

python filename.py

That’s it! The script will send the message at the specified time. You can repeat steps 5–6 to send multiple messages at different times.

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Falah Gatea

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