Undo Send email

Introducing the life saving ‘Undo Send’ feature.

Have you ever accidentally sent a message from your Gmail account, only to realize, seconds later, that you made a mistake? Whether you sent it to the wrong person, included incorrect information, or made a harsh, emotional response that you regret, the ability to get that message back is a very useful tool. Luckily for us, the Undo Send feature is now an official part of Gmail.

Here’s how to enable Undo Send:

  • On the Gmail website, click the gear icon in the top-right corner and select Settings.
  • On the General Tab, you should now see Undo Send listed as the tenth option.
  • To enable it, check the box next to Enable Undo Send.
  • Now choose the length of time you’d like to have the ability to recall your sent emails from the drop-down menu. Options include 5, 10, 20 and 30 seconds.

The feature is really quite simple; it basically configures a delay on your Send button. Instead of firing off your emails when you click Send, it holds them for however long you configure, and then sends them. This way, if you realize you sent something you didn’t mean to, you can recall it.

Once Undo Send is enabled, you’ll see this box at the top of the Gmail page after each email you send:

Undo Feature on Gmail

Simply click the “Undo” link and your email will pop back up on the screen so you can make any necessary changes before sending it again.

Unfortunately, Undo Send is not currently available for the Gmail mobile app but apparently it is in the works so watch this space.

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