How to Unsend Email With Gmail Offline

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A habit can save you when, from time to time, you send an email—and seconds later discover you've addressed it to the wrong person, forgot an attachment, or didn't phrase something as clearly as you could have.

Compose and send all your mail in Gmail offline, and you can take it back as long as you are offline.

If you prefer not to go offline every time you compose an email, Gmail can give you a few seconds to undo sending any messages, too.

How to Enable Offline Mail in Gmail

Before you can use this tactic, you need to turn the Offline Mail feature on. Here's how:

  1. Log in to your Gmail account, and click the Settings gear in the upper-right corner.

    Turn off Gmail conversation view
  2. Click Settings.

    Turn off Gmail Conversation View
  3. Click Offline.

    Gmail unsend in Outbox
  4. Click the box next to Enable offline mail.

    Unsend Gmail from outbox
  5. Click Save Changes. Now, if you lose your internet connection, you'll still be able to access some functions in Gmail.

You have a limited amount of room to save mail in offline.

Unsend Email With Gmail Offline

Here's how to catch emails you aren't quite ready to send yet:

  1. Make sure you are disconnected while composing your message by turning Wi-Fi off on your computer.

  2. Write the email, and send it as normal. Instead of the usual message that lets you undo sending, you'll see one that says, "Offline. Message will be sent later."

  3. Open the Outbox.

  4. Check the message you want to unsend.

  5. Click Move to Drafts.

  6. Under ​Drafts, you can now edit the message to make the desired changes and send it again. Of course, you can also delete the unsent email, right in the Outbox or under Drafts.