You would be out of luck if you came across this page looking for a way to unsend an email you’ve already sent from Gmail. In Gmail, you can unsend emails for a limited time after they’ve been sent. So keep reading to learn how to cover your tracks the next time.
How to Unsend an Email in Gmail
Gmail comes with an Undo Send feature by default. The undo option will appear on the bottom left of your screen after sending an email in Gmail. This allows you to go back and retrieve the email. For example, it will seem like this if you sent the message from within an existing thread:
It will look like this if you have sent a new message that is not part of a thread.
Undo the email to get back the email to your draft. If you don’t click in time, click View message, or navigate away, the email will be sent.
How to Change the Amount of Time to Undo Send
In the case that your reaction time isn’t quick enough, you can miss a chance. So, Gmail lets you customize how long you have to recall an email. Click the cog icon in the upper right corner of Gmail and select See all Settings.
Click on the dropdown box to Undo Send an email, and select the time you would like. The time that you will be chosen is 5, 10, 20, and 30 seconds.
We recommend selecting a maximum of 30 seconds. However, there is a 30-second delay before your email is delivered to the receiver, which is the only downside. But it’s better to be 30 seconds late than to be late at all, right?