Schedule Emails to Send Later with Boomerang for Gmail in Chrome

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schedule emails for laterGmail is in ingenious tool for managing emails. Much of what it is lacking per default, is covered by Gmail Labs apps or browser add-ons. Boomerang is a browser add-on available for Chrome that let’s you schedule emails for later. Boomerang is the perfect tool to keep your inbox clear, yet never forget to send or act on an important email.

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Boomerang’s scheduling features can be used in many different ways. Do you often forget birthdays? With Boomerang, you can schedule anniversary emails to be sent on just the right day. Or do you often have to follow up on specific emails you sent or received? Instead of adding a task to your calendar, you can schedule the respective email to return to your inbox at a desired date. Simply put, Boomerang can help you maintain good relationships, both in business and in private.

Setting Up Boomerang for Chrome

Boomerang installs like any other browser add-on for Chrome. Simply click Install Boomerang on their website or Add To Chrome in the Chrome Web Store. Once installed successfully, it will show at the top of your Gmail interface, between the search bar and your login details.

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By clicking the Boomerang menu item, you can access an overview of your scheduled messages (manage scheduled messages) and a How To, which walks you through the different features in five steps, including optional demo videos. If you would like to get an idea before installing the addon, watch the YouTube video below or read the rest of this article.

Send Later

One of Boomerang’s key features is to schedule emails for later at a desired date. When you compose an email, you will see the Send Later button right next to Gmail’s Send button. Clicking it will open a menu with a few default time choices, as well as the option to set a specific or random time.

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Boomerang This Message (Send)

This feature is what actually gives the add-on its name. When sending an email, you can set it to return to your inbox as a reminder, for example if nobody has responded by a certain date or even if somebody has responded by then. Simply check the Boomerang this message option, select the reminder mode and date, and send the email as you normally would.

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Boomerang This Message (Received)

Almost the same feature is available for emails you have received. If you neither want to forget an important email, nor want it to clutter up your inbox, rather than archiving it and setting a task on your calendar, you can now archive it safely and set Boomerang to return it to your inbox on a specific date. To do this, click the Boomerang button in the far right of your email control buttons. Clicking the button will bring up the same type of calendar shown in previous screenshots.

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In some emails, Boomerang recognizes a date, for example in Facebook birthday reminders. In that case, an additional scheduling option comes up, which allows you to schedule a reminder relative to a specific date, e.g. 2 hours before, the morning of, or the day after.

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Free vs. Paid

The free basic version is limited to 10 actions per month. There are two paid versions available, one for personal use, which includes notes, and another for professional use, which includes mobile support and recurring messages.


I use Boomerang regularly to schedule emails for later, and have it installed for both Chrome and Firefox. It works flawlessly with Chrome. It has saved me many headaches and helps to keep my inbox tidy and myself organized. I can no longer imagine running Gmail without Boomerang and hence I highly recommend this add-on.

Have you used Boomerang and have you become an addict as well? What do you think?

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  1. Obi Oduche
    December 11, 2014 at 7:01 pm

    Do you really want to give read and write access to a third-party service for scheduling your Gmail emails?

    Well I didn't want to and so did some research and found this:

    Hope this helps you as well.

    • Tina
      December 13, 2014 at 5:46 pm

      Thank you for sharing, Obi. That sounds like a great solution!

  2. Jacob Twitchel
    September 15, 2012 at 4:06 am

    Sounds like a really cool app. Can't wait to try it out!

  3. Shehan Nirmal
    September 12, 2012 at 3:36 pm

    Google is becoming better... Thanks Tina...

  4. Ishar Jay
    September 8, 2012 at 3:17 pm

    Can we trust this company/developers?

    • Tina
      September 8, 2012 at 5:11 pm

      Valid concern, Ishar.

      Since Boomerang has been around for a while, has not had any scandals, has received rave reviews from many people, including well known newspapers and websites, is obviously working very well, and has a great reputation all around, I don't see a reason not to trust them.

  5. Darren Reynolds
    September 6, 2012 at 11:50 am

    Ive had boomerang for a little while now but must admit ive not acutally used it as yet... But good article. :)

  6. GrrGrrr
    September 5, 2012 at 6:37 pm

    thanks Tina, nice share as usual.

  7. Rajaa Chowdhury
    September 5, 2012 at 1:44 am

    I have been using it since early last year and it is simply awesome. So much of my headache is gone. Even recommended and got it implemented with our company Google Apps email.

    • Tina
      September 5, 2012 at 10:31 pm

      That is great to hear, Rajaa? How did you convince your company to implement it? I suppose they were already using Google Apps in the first place.

      • Rajaa Chowdhury
        September 7, 2012 at 11:15 am

        Yes, they we already a Google Apps user. They are a IT solution provider and a authorised Google Apps reseller and implementer. :)

      • Rajaa Chowdhury
        September 7, 2012 at 11:15 am

        Yes, they we already a Google Apps user. They are a IT solution provider and a authorised Google Apps reseller and implementer. :)

  8. Shakirah Faleh Lai
    September 5, 2012 at 12:49 am

    Sometime I forget to send e-mail when the time come, Boomerang is the solution.

  9. Bruce Thomas
    September 4, 2012 at 9:12 pm

    Does Boomerang work on multiple gmail accounts or only one?

    • Alex
      September 4, 2012 at 11:54 pm

      Hi Bruce -

      It should work seamlessly signed into multiple accounts - we all use it that way!

  10. Alex
    September 4, 2012 at 7:29 pm

    Tina, thanks for the great writeup! We're thrilled you're finding it so helpful!

    • Tina
      September 5, 2012 at 10:30 pm

      Thank you for creating such a great tool, Alex!

  11. IamAshMcLean
    September 4, 2012 at 5:54 pm

    I predict that I Will Love Boomerang... hehehe

  12. Rohitmittal3003
    September 4, 2012 at 5:06 pm

    nice one. definitely useful

  13. rama moorthy
    September 4, 2012 at 5:04 pm

    nice app .. Thank you Tina .. I ll makeuseof it ..