Unsend an email in Gmail for as long as 30 seconds! Here's how | How-to

Unsend an email in Gmail for as long as 30 seconds! Here's how

Have you sent an email to a wrong person or with some errors? There is nothing to worry as you can undo a Gmail email for up to as long as 30 seconds. Here's how.

| Updated on: Feb 25 2023, 16:18 IST
How to use Gmail without internet! Follow these steps to send email offline
1/5 With the internet becoming a necessity, it is now difficult to imagine even a single day without it. Almost all your work- from official to personal requires an internet connection. Even the apps you have on your phone require an internet connection to run including email. However, what if you are facing an internet issue and you have to send an important mail? Now, Gmail can be used to send email offline. Yes, you will not require any internet connection for the same. (Unsplash)
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2/5 You will be able to read, respond to, and search your Gmail messages even when you are not connected to the Internet by visiting mail.google.com. It can be noted that in order to make it easier to use Gmail to send email offline, it is recommended to bookmark mail.google.com in Chrome. Also if you are using Gmail with your work or school account, you can ask your admin to help change your settings. Wondering how to get Gmail offline? Check it below. (Unsplash)
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3/5 On your computer, make sure you have downloaded Chrome. You can only use Gmail offline in a Chrome browser window, not using Incognito mode. Then go to Gmail offline settings or click on the link- https://mail.google.com/mail/u/0/#settings/offline. (Unsplash)
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4/5 Check "Enable offline mail." Choose your settings, such as how many days of messages you want to sync and finally click Save changes. (Unsplash)
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5/5 You can also bookmark Gmail to use offline. You can bookmark your inbox to make accessing your email offline easier. In Chrome, open your Gmail inbox and to the right of the address bar, click Star. (Unsplash)
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Here is how to undo sent email in Gmail for up to 30 seconds. (Unsplash)

You may well have often sent a Gmail email to the wrong person or mails having some errors. Even if you usually have excellent email habits, like always double-checking who's in the "To" field, it is natural to occasionally forget to link a file or notice misspelled names after hitting “Send.” However, once you click on send, you cannot delete the email, but, you can undo it to fix the error.

Gmail users have a built-in safety net that makes it easy to instantly undo sending an email. But, it needs to be noted that Gmail provides only a limited time to undo a sent email. Follow these steps to undo a sent email and to extend your undo send window beyond the default five seconds.

How to undo send on mobile

Step 1:

Click on Send on an email in the Gmail app. 

Step 2:

Immediately after hitting send, look for a notification at the bottom right of your screen that says Undo.

Step 3:

Tap Undo.

Step 4:

Your original message will reappear so you can make any tweaks.

How to undo send on desktop

1. Hit Send on an email.

2. Immediately after hitting Send, look for a notification that says Message sent on the bottom left of your screen.

3. Click the Undo option to the right of the Message sent.

4. A draft of your message will then pop up so you can edit it.

It can be known that by default, Gmail provides five seconds to click Undo, but you can easily extend your undo send window in varying increments up to 30 seconds.

How to extend your undo send window

1. Open Gmail on your desktop.

2. In the top right, click the Settings icon.

3. Click See all settings.

4. Look for the line with Undo Send and Send cancellation period.

5. Use the Send cancellation period dropdown to choose from 5, 10, 20 or 30 seconds.

6. Scroll down to the bottom of the page and click Save changes.

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First Published Date: 25 Feb, 16:17 IST