How Do You Unsend an Email With Gmail?

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Gmail lets you unsend emails for a certain time. Make sure the feature is enabled.

Errare Humanum Est: Can You Recall an Email?

Did you just send that message to Sam W. instead of Sam G.? It may not be too late to take it back. If you use Gmail on the web or through a native mobile app, you should be able to unsend the message you just sent.

Gmail can hold back delivering emails for up to 30 seconds after you have clicked Send.

You can "recall" an email and recover from false recipients, spelling mistakes, a sub-optimal subject and maybe forgotten attachments.

How to Unsend an Email with Gmail

To take back an email shortly after you have sent it in Gmail on the web:

  1. Make sure Undo Send is enabled (see below).
  2. After having sent an email in Gmail:
    1. Click Cancel immediately (if background sending is not enabled),
    2. click Undo when it appears or
    3. press z.
  3. Make any desired changes to the message, then send it again.

How to Unsend an Email with Gmail Mobile App

To recall an email immediately after you have sent it in a Gmail mobile app (for iOS or Android):

  1. Tap Undo in the bar that says Sent..
    • While the Gmail app is still delivering the email (usually immediately after you have tapped the sending button), click Cancel under Sending….

Enable "Undo Send" in Gmail on the Web

To have Gmail hold back delivery of sent messages for a few seconds so you can take them back:

  1. Click the Settings gear () in Gmail.
  2. Select Settings from the menu that appears.
  3. Go to the General tab.
  4. Make sure Enable undo send is selected for Undo Send:.
  5. Click Save Changes.

Can You Change the Time Before a Message Is Delivered With "Undo Send" Enabled in Gmail?

You have at least 5 seconds to unsend the email by default and up to 30 seconds.

To increase the time before the email gets delivered:

  1. Click the Settings gear in your Gmail's toolbar.
  2. Choose Settings from the menu that has come up.
  3. Open the General category.
  4. Pick the desired time to undo message delivery for Send cancellation period: __ seconds under Undo Send:.
  5. Click Save Changes.