Here’s how you can undo / unsend an email message in Gmail using the native ‘Undo Send’ feature. More details and step-by-step guide on how to use it can be found right here.
The ‘Undo Send’ feature in Gmail has been around for a good few years now, but was part of Google Labs. In short: it was experimental, and choppy at best in certain situations. But now, the feature has matured enough to be a permanent part of Gmail, and is no longer a lab experiment, all ready to be taken advantage of by millions of users around the globe.
Getting to grips with the feature is fairly easy, and we’ll show you how it’s done.
Setting Up ‘Undo Send’
Step 1: Click on the ‘gear’ icon on the top right of Gmail, and then click on ‘Settings.’
Step 2: Under the ‘General’ tab, scroll down and look for an option titled ‘Undo Send.’
Step 3: Enable the feature and select the ‘Send cancellation period’ according to your liking. We’d suggest ’30 seconds,’ so you get a hefty amount of time in your hands to undo an email.
Step 4: Now scroll down and click on ‘Save’ to confirm your settings.
How To Use ‘Undo Send’
Step 1: Compose a new email message in Gmail.
Step 2: Type in an email address you want to send off the email message to, add a subject, and type anything in the body and click on ‘Send.’
Step 3: At first it seems as though the email message has been sent off, but it hasn’t. If you look at the notification being presented to you at the top of Gmail, you’ll see a ‘Your message has been sent’ banner, and right next to it an ‘Undo’ button. Simply click it, and your email will be unsent.
We’re pretty certain that this feature will come in handy to a lot of people. We’ve all been in that situation where we wished that we hadn’t sent that one email that could’ve been something else, but it was already too late. With ‘Undo Send’ around in Gmail, those days are long gone.