You have email regrets. Everyone does. Perhaps you knew it was a bad idea or a “reply all” disaster the second you hit Send. But that’s life; you live, you learn.
Except if you have Gmail, that is. While Google can’t exactly invent a time machine, its “Undo Send” feature within Gmail can recall a mistakenly sent message.
“Undo Send” was added to Gmail Labs years ago, but is now an official Gmail feature. Here’s how to set it up.
- Log into Gmail on the desktop.
- Click the Gear icon on the top right of the screen.
- Select Settings.
- Under the General tab, scroll down to Undo Send.
- Click “Enable Undo Send”
- Click the drop-down menu and select whether you want the “Undo Send” option to appear for 5, 10, 20, or 30 seconds after you hit send.
- Select Save Changes at the bottom of the screen.
- The next time you send a message and get the confirmation “Your message has been sent,” an Undo button should appear next to it.
Unsend From the Gmail App
Just as you can stop in an email in its tracks on the desktop, you can do the same via the Gmail mobile app, at least the iOS version.
Fire up the Gmail app on your iPhone or iPad. Tap on the icon to compose a new email. Address the message, add a subject line, and then type your email. Tap the Send icon to send the email on its merry way.
OH NO. You sent the email to the wrong address, accidentally replied all, or hit send too soon. Not to worry. An Undo link will appear at the bottom of the screen…
But hurry, you have only a few seconds to take advatange before it disappears. If you get to the link in time, your email is halted and appears back on the screen, ready for any changes.
And what of Android users? You have a “Confirm before sending” setting. It’s not as useful as Undo Send, but it’s better than nothing. To enable it in the Android Gmail app, click on the hamburger icon (the one with three horizonal lines). Scroll to the bottom of the left pane and tap on the entry for “Settings.”
At the Settings screen, tap on the entry for “General settings.” Scroll to the bottom of the screen and tap on the checkmark to “Confirm before sending.”
Now compose and try to send a new email. A message pops up asking if you want to “Send this message?” Tap OK to send it or Cancel to stop it. If you cancel it, you then have a chance to review the message and make any changes before you attempt to resend it.
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