How to unsend emails in Gmail
If you use Gmail to conduct email messaging on your phone or computer, it's a good idea to familiarize yourself with the Undo Send, which allows you to unsend emails in the Gmail app or in the desktop version within 5 seconds of pressing the Send button.
This feature is useful for times when you forget to attach a file in the email, or notice that you mistyped a person's name or word after pressing the send button.
The following steps explain how to undo sending email in Gmail, and how to extend the undo time to more than 5 seconds.
How to unsend emails in Gmail:
To use the (Undo Send) feature in Gmail, follow these steps:
- After you've finished typing the email in Gmail, press the Send button.
- Immediately after clicking the send button, a notification will appear at the bottom of the screen containing the Undo button, click it.
- Your original message will reappear, allowing you to make any changes.
How to extend the undo period in Gmail:
By default, Gmail gives you five seconds to undo the transmission, but you can increase this duration up to 30 seconds to give you more time to fix any error, by following these steps:
1.Go to your desktop version of Gmail.
2. Click the gear icon on the upper right to go to Settings.
3. Click the See all settings button.
4. Find the line that has the Undo Send option.
5. Click the drop-down menu that appears next to the (Send cancellation period) option, then choose 5, 10, 20 or 30 seconds.
7. Scroll to the bottom of the page, then click the Save Changes button.
Undo Sending works the same way if you're using the Gmail app or desktop version, but you can extend how long you can undo sending using only the desktop version.
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