How to Unsend Emails in Gmail (Finally)

Missent love notes, hasty resignation letters, work-inappropriate memes — gone with the click of a button.


Have you ever wished that you could take back that strongly worded email to your boss, or that email that was meant for your significant other but went to your mom instead? The creative minds at Google thought the same thing, and have now rolled out their “Undo Send” feature for Gmail. It was born as a Gmail Labs feature, free for all Gmail users to beta test, and it has now graduated to become a permanent setting in both Google Inbox and web-based Gmail. Readers beware, however: Undo Send doesn’t actually “unsend” an email. It works by adding a delay, customizable to your preferences, to each email that you send. This can be your olive branch if you prematurely hit the send button, which we can all say that we are guilty of.

Here’s How to Turn It On:

1. Go to your Gmail inbox via a web browser.
2. Click the gear in the top right.
3. Select Settings.
4. Scroll down to “Undo Send” and click Enable.
5. Set the cancellation period (the amount of time you have to decide if you want to unsend an email).
6. Click Save Changes at the bottom of the page.

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