For a variety of reasons, many people have sent an e-mail that they wished they hadn’t. Whilst Gmail doesn’t offer the traditional “recall” function like Outlook, they instead offer a function that enables you to “unsend” a message within a certain amount of time.

Certain email programs offer an option to recall or retract an email, but that doesn’t necessarily mean the recipient won’t still receive it. Gmail’s Undo Send feature works differently in that it actually waits to send your email, giving you a certain amount of time to change your mind and prevent it from being sent. But you have to be quick, as Gmail gives you only a specific number of seconds to halt your email.

Here’s how to enable the “unsend” feature in Gmail and use it to your advantage.

Recall an email with Undo Send

If you decide you don’t want to send an email, you have a short time after to cancel it. Right after you send a message, you can retract it:

  1. In the bottom left, you’ll see “Message sent” and the option to “Undo” or “View message”.
  2. Click Undo.

Choose an amount of time to recall a message

  1. On your computer, go to Gmail.
  2. In the top right, click Settings Settingsand then Settings.
  3. Next to “Undo Send,” select a Send cancellation period of 5, 10, 20, or 30 seconds.

Accessing Your E-Mails Whilst Offline

Another excellent and very useful feature offered by Gmail is the ability to access your emails even when you are not connected to the internet. To find out how, please check out the video below:

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