How to Unsend Accidental Emails in Gmail

Ben Stegner 27-10-2016

Though we try to double-check, sometimes sending an email gets the best of us. Whether you forget to add an attachment you referenced, make a stupid typo Why Typos Always Matter, Even Online & In Text Messages [Opinion] We all make mistakes from time to time. It's natural, a part of life, a learning curve which we use to better ourselves. Typos are no exception. They happen often, and if writing forms a... Read More , or forget to CC someone, you’ve probably wished you could recall an email at one time or another.


Thankfully, email clients have started to catch up to this problem, helping us avoid embarrassment. In Gmail, the experimental Labs area (a collection of power user features 13 Quick Tricks and Extensions to Become a Gmail Power User If you are a Gmail user, you have an endless stream of tricks and extensions to make the best of it. We'll explore some of the best of them in this article. Read More not quite ready for public consumption) used to house this option. Now, it’s become available for all Gmail users. Here’s how to enable it.

Open Gmail and click on the gear in the top-right above your inbox, followed by Settings. Scroll down about a third of the way through the page and you should see the Undo Send option (right above the stars). By default, this is turned off, but enabling it triggers a pop-up allowing you to recall your message from 5–30 seconds after you send it.

Thus, if you hit Send (or use a keyboard shortcut) to fire off an email and instantly feel regret, you no longer have to worry. A quick click on the resulting ribbon will bring back the message to the safety of your drafts.

There’s really no reason to keep this feature disabled, as it’s better to have the option to recall and not use it than to wish you had it. What will Gmail think of next?

Prefer to email from the desktop? Check out how to recall mail in Outlook How to Recall an Email in Outlook After You Sent It Did you ever hit send and regret it moments later? We've all been there, wishing we could undo send. We show you how to recall an email in Outlook or delay sending in Gmail. Read More .


Have you ever had to recall an email? Share your embarrassing email stories down in the comments!

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