How to unsend a Gmail email on your phone and desktop

Gmail recently added the “undo” feature for its mobile users. Here’s how you can recall an email before it is sent.
| Updated on Aug 26 2018, 02:25 PM IST
Sending an email filled with typos can be a downright pain. Here’s how Google makes it better.
Sending an email filled with typos can be a downright pain. Here’s how Google makes it better. (Google)

Have you ever sent an email in a rush, only to regret the silly errors and typos a moment later? Gmail has had an "undo" feature for desktop users for a few years now, but they made it available for mobile users only earlier this month. The catch, however, is that you have just about 10 seconds to tap the undo button before it's too late.

Gmail's "undo" email feature is available for all iPhone, iPad and Android users. You can use the feature on a browser or the Gmail application on your phone. So, here's how you can recall an email on Gmail.

On your desktop
After you have drafted the email and hit the sent button, you will see a notification on the left corner of your screen saying "sending" and "undo". Quickly click on the undo button. Instead of getting sent, the email will appear on your screen as a draft. You can now make all the changes you want to the email before sending it again.

On your phone
Similar to the desktop, compose the email and hit send. Right after you've hit the send button, you will notice an alert "send" and the option to "undo". Tap on undo.

While the "undo" button is a very helpful option, a better way to avoid sending emails erroneously is to make it a two-step process.

On your Gmail, tap on the left panel and scroll down to "settings". Now, go to "general settings" and check mark the option to "confirm before sending". Enabling this feature will add another step by prompting you on whether the email is to be sent or not.


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First Published Date: 26 Aug, 02:24 PM IST
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