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How To Undo A Gmail Message


We have all been there, you hit send on your email and you immediately realize that you have sent the email to the wrong recipient. That’s life; you live, make mistakes, and learn from it.

We are used to the undo feature in most of our everyday programs, and wouldn’t it be nice to have it in our e-mail as well?

Those in the corporate world should already be familiar with recalling an internal email.

We are yet to see this in our personal mail clients, and this is where Gmail saves the day. Perhaps one of the most important Gmail settings i have seen is the “Undo Send” feature.

Follow these steps to “Enable Undo Send”:

Step 1: Log into your Gmail, and click the gear icon (gmail settings gear) on the top right.

gmail setting

Step 2: Check the “Enable Auto Send”.

Step 3: Set how long you want the cancellation period (5,10,20 or 30 seconds).

The amount of time you have to decide if you want to unsend an email.

enable gmail send

Step 4: Hit “Save Changes” to accept your updated settings.

What happens next?

Each time you send a message , you will see an “Undo” link in the yellow message confirmation box at the top of your inbox.

undo gmail

If you click ‘Undo’ within your selected ‘cancellation period’, your message will not leave your inbox, and you will have opportunity to edit it before sending it out or discard it.


You can even undo discards, so when you delete a message in progress, you can bring it back and start again.

Thanks Google!

Kwadwo Ofori-Mensah
Kwadwo Ofori-Mensah is a tech blogger who loves to read & write about Blogging, WordPress, Social Media & technology.
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