While proofreading an email is a must, there are always times when something is missing. It can be anything from a simple typo to being sent to the wrong recipient. And when you hit the submit button at the end, it’s as good as gone. But is it? You can now undo emails in Gmail with the recall feature.
Since Gmail is a cloud-based service, all emails are stored in the cloud before they reach the sender’s inbox. This allows you to retrieve a sent email from the cloud even after you click the send button. So let’s look at all the ways you can recall an email in Gmail.
Note: Make sure you are signed in to your Gmail account before proceeding.
How to check an email in Gmail on iPhone or Android app
You can undo sending an email in the Gmail mobile app. This gives you time to review and correct sent emails again. However, this popup is only available for a few seconds and if it disappears before you click on it, you will not be able to undo the email. Here’s how to do it on your Android or iOS device.
Step 1: Open the Gmail mobile app and click on the “Send” button.
Step 2: Once the email has been sent, a message will appear at the bottom of the screen. Click Undo here.
After the email hasn’t been sent, the email draft reopens in the compose window. Make the necessary changes and resubmit if you wish.
Note: If you’ve already scheduled the email, you can edit or cancel a scheduled email in Gmail instead of waiting for Gmail to send it and then recalling it.
How to bounce an email in Gmail using a web browser
While the Gmail mobile app lets you undo an email, the Gmail desktop app offers a little more functionality and control. Not only can you use it to recall an email, but you can also enable the undo sending settings and set up the recall timer. Read on to find out how.
How to enable undo sending in Gmail
While the undo send feature is usually enabled in Gmail, it might be worth checking Gmail’s settings menu and enabling it manually if you can’t use it. In addition, you can also change the email recall time limit. To do this, follow the steps below.
Step 1: Open Gmail in your web browser.
Step 2: Click on the settings icon.
Step 3: Then click on “Show All Settings”.
Step 4: From here, scroll down to “Undo Send” and click on the “Send Notice” dropdown menu.
Step 5: Change the time to your liking. The maximum time that can be set is 30 seconds.
Step 6: Once done, scroll down and click Save Changes.
Not only will this enable undo sending in Gmail, but it will also set the callback time to whatever value you want. You will now be taken to your Gmail home page where you can try this feature.
Resend an email in Gmail
Once the undo send feature is enabled in Gmail, now it’s time to take a step-by-step look at how to use it to undo an email.
Step 1: Open your email in Gmail and click on the “Send” button.
After Gmail sends it, a message will appear in the lower left corner. Depending on the time set, it is visible for 5, 10, 20 or 30 seconds.
Step 2: Click Undo here.
After the email is recalled, it reopens in the Compose Email window. You can make the necessary changes and send a recalled email in Gmail as usual.
Frequently asked questions about emails in Gmail 1. Can I schedule an email in Gmail?
Yes, you can schedule an email in Gmail. After the email is created, click the down arrow icon next to Send. Then click Schedule Send. This allows you to choose a date and time to schedule the email.
2. How to resend a recalled email in Gmail?
After you click Undo, the recalled email will reopen in the compose window. Make the appropriate changes, and then click Send to finish sending the email.
3. Can I delete a recalled email in Gmail?
As previously mentioned, recalled emails are reopened in the Compose window. If you no longer want to resend the email, click the trash can icon in the lower-right corner of the compose window to delete the email draft. This will delete the recalled email.
4. Can I recall an email in Gmail even if the “Undo” option is disabled?
No, as soon as the undo option is gone, the email is sent and can no longer be recalled by the sender.
Correct your mistakes
The ability to recall an email in Gmail can help you fix errors like misspellings, incorrect attachments, etc. even after you click the send button. We hope this article has helped you understand how it works. Also, if you’re concerned about emailing sensitive information, see how to use confidential mode in Gmail.