How to Unsend an Email in Gmail from a Desktop

It’s easy to unsend an email in Gmail—if you act fast. Here’s how to do it from a desktop:

  1. In the tiny popup that appears in the bottom corner of your inbox, click Undo.

    Note: if you sent a new message that’s not part of an existing thread, your popup won’t include the option to View message.

  2. Your message will automatically appear in a message draft window. If you want to fix a typo or edit other details before resending, now’s the time.
  3. Click Send.

How to Unsend an Email in Gmail from the Mobile App

If you want to recall an email you sent in Gmail using the mobile app, the method is practically the same as what you’d do with Gmail from your desktop:

  1. A box will pop up at the bottom of your screen. Tap Undo to unsend the email, and you’ll be brought back to your message draft.

How to Change the Amount of Time Allowed to Undo Send

Let’s be honest: a five-second window of opportunity is barely a window. It’s more like a crack. That’s why Gmail allows you to change the amount of time you have to recall a message. Here’s how:

  1. Once logged in to Gmail, click the Settings icon, which looks like a cog, and then click See all settings.
  2. In the General tab, click the dropdown arrow in the Undo Send section, and select the amount of time you’d like: 5, 10, 20, or 30 seconds.

Need More Time? Try Scheduling Emails with cloudHQ

cloudHQ offers a suite of productivity tools that can enhance your Gmail experience, similar to how Gmail’s Undo Send feature helps prevent email mishaps. One of the standout features of cloudHQ is the ability to schedule emails. If you want a longer timeout period than Gmail’s maximum of 30 seconds, we suggest using cloudHQ to schedule your emails. This way, you can ensure that your email is sent at the most appropriate time, allowing for a more extended review period.

You can install the Schedule Email by cloudHQ extension from the Chrome Web Store. More details on how it works can be found in articles that explains how Schedule Email works.

By integrating cloudHQ with Gmail, you can not only undo sent emails but also schedule them to be sent at a later time, ensuring your communications are timely and effective. This combination of features helps you manage your emails with greater control and reduces the risk of sending emails with errors or at inopportune times.