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How to unsend an email in Gmail

We’ve all sent emails to someone that we probably should not have sent. Maybe you have forgotten an attachment or, even worse, there was a typo in the email. However, fear not because we are going to show you how you can unsend an email in Gmail.

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How to unsend email in Gmail/ © Google/AndroidPIT

In order for this to work, you will need to have enabled Gmail to hold back the delivery of sent messages for some time. In order to do this, you will have to click the settings gear in Gmail. After you have done this you need to select settings from the menu that appears. After this you then go to the Labs tab. After this you then have to make sure “enable” is selected for “undo send”. When you’ve done this, click on save changes.

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This is the settings tab / © AndroidPIT
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Enable the unsend option / © AndroidPIT

After you have done this you can then increase the time it takes for messages before the email gets delivered. In order to do this, you will again need to click on the settings gear in the Gmail toolbar. Choose settings from the menu that comes up and after this you will need to click on the General category. You can then pick the amount of time you want Gmail to wait in order to actually deliver your message.

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Here you can change the amount of time it takes to deliver the message / © AndroidPIT

In order for you to actually unsend an email after you have sent it you will need to do one of three things. The first thing is you will need to either click on the cancel immediately button, although this will only work if background sending is not enabled. If it is you can click on undo when it appears or you can simply use Ctrl+Z on your keyboard to do it.

Have you tried this and has it worked for you? Please leave us your comments below and tell us if it did. We will try get back to you as soon as possible.

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  • I used cancel emails rarely but successfully on Outlook/Exchange. There I used a minute but in Gmail 30 seconds is the maximum. Interestingly, after reading this post, I tried it on an email to myself and it didn't work! Too often a Google thing - do they test?

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