How to Snooze Emails in Gmail

Go take a nap. Your emails can wait

What to Know

  • Website: Open Gmail in a browser. Hover the mouse over an email. Select the Clock icon. Choose a date and time for a reminder.
  • App: Open the Gmail app. Hold your finger on an email. Select the Options icon and choose Snooze. Set a date and time for a reminder.
  • View snoozed emails early in the Snoozed folder underneath the inbox. On a mobile app, tap the menu button to find the Snoozed folder.

This article explains how to snooze email in Gmail at the website or using the iOS or Android mobile Gmail app.

How to Snooze Emails Using the Gmail Website

Sometimes you don’t have time to answer an email, but now Gmail users can snooze emails for later and tackle the inbox when they have time. Whether you're at your computer on the Gmail website or on your smartphone with the Gmail app, you can have Gmail remove emails from your inbox and return them at a specified time.

If you’re using the Gmail website to check your inbox, follow these easy steps to snooze an email to answer at a later time or date.

  1. Visit the Gmail website and log in to your account if prompted.

  2. Hover your mouse over the email you wish to snooze.

    Snooze button in Gmail
  3. From the icons that appear to the right side of the email, select the clock icon.

    The word ‘Snooze’ will appear when your mouse is hovering over the correct selection.

  4. Once selected, set the date and time you wish to be reminded of the email.

    Snooze until... dialog in Gmail on the web

How to Snooze Emails Using the Gmail Mobile App

If you’re using the Gmail mobile app on iOS or Android, follow these steps to snooze an email to answer at a later time or date.

  1. Open the Gmail mobile app and log in to your account if prompted.

  2. Hold your finger down over the email you wish to snooze.

  3. Select the options icon in the upper right-hand corner of the screen, which appears as three horizontal dots.

  4. From the menu that appears, select the Snooze function.

  5. Lastly, set the date and time you wish to be reminded of the email.

    Three iOS screens showing Gmail menu button, Snooze button and snooze options screen

How to View Snoozed Emails Early

If you’ve decided you can’t wait for a snoozed email, view the email instantly by selecting the Snoozed folder in your Gmail account; accessed directly underneath the regular Inbox option.

Snoozed options in Gmail on the web

If you are using the Gmail mobile app, you can access your email’s folders by tapping the menu button in the upper left-hand corner of your screen. This appears as three horizontal lines.

Two iOS screens showing Gmail menu button and Snoozed category
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