July 8, 2015 | Melanie Chandler

How to Unsend Emails in Gmail

unsend emails in gmail

After six years in beta, you can now unsend emails in Gmail. But don't start your happy dance just yet—as of right now, this feature is only available for personal Gmail accounts in desktop view. But, hey, no more regrets after sending an email you probably should have reconsidered!

Let me paint you a picture. Say you're at home drinking wine, beer, or the liquor of your choice and you decide to email your ex. Because you're an emotional drunk, you take the hateful route and use some strong language. After a good vent, you hit send.

Then you get a sinking feeling in the pit of your stomach, because something went horribly wrong (other than the fact that you're emailing your ex). You check the email and you realize that you sent it to your boss James instead of your ex Jamie.

Don't worry, Google can relate. The Gmail Undo Send feature allows you to set an undo window of up to 30 seconds and save yourself that embarrassment. Let's just hope you catch your mistake in time!

Drunkenness isn't the only reason you could need this feature. You could forget to attach a file, and have to send a second, awkward "Oops" email. Or if you're like me, your brain tends to go faster than your fingers. Sometimes, my emails sound like gibberish and I hit send before I even think about going back to read what I wrote. The undo feature can definitely can save trigger-happy people like me.

Now, let's get to how to turn this beautiful setting on. Click the little cog icon in the top right corner and navigate to "Settings."

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On this new screen, scroll down until you see the "Undo Send" section. Enable Undo Send, and choose your cancellation period. You can choose between 5, 10, 20, and 30 seconds. Make sure you save your changes and you're good to go!

No more sending out emails you shouldn't have, or that you forgot to proof. If you wait until the 31st second to change your mind, well, you can't have your cake and eat it too. Now, time for the happy dance!

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Melanie Chandler

Melanie Chandler

As design director, Melanie Chandler leads the design team and works with them to create consistently compelling and engaging website designs, images for digital marketing, and other visual content to communicate corporate identity and drive traffic on websites and social media.

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