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How To Undo Sent Email In Gmail?

By March 10, 20152 Comments

Surprisingly, Gmail provides its users with an undo option through which they can recall the sent email if acted quickly. This feature is really useful, when you realize that the email sent contains few errors like wrong content, a typo or wrong attachment or wrong recipient. So, instead of feeling tensed for these wrong sent mails you can solve this problem by activating the ‘Undo Send’ option (Also known as Recall Email Feature in Gmail) which will allow you to undo (recall) the sent mail. It is very simple to activate this feature, you can follow the below mentioned steps in order to activate it.


Undo Sent Mail In Gmail

Step 1: Login to your Gmail account as usual.

Step 2: Now you will find a gear symbol  mail-gear-iconon the right top corner of the screen. This button is provided below the notification, Google+ Share and account options. Click on this gear like button.

Step 3: You will come across many options after clicking on the gear button. Select ‘Settings’ option among them.

Step 4: Among these options you will find an option named ‘Labs’. Click on this link to proceed further.


Step 5: Now, find ‘Undo Send’ in the page or just search ‘Undo Send’ you’ll get it at the top automatically. Enable this option.

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Step 6: Now scroll down and click the ‘Save Changes’ option to activate this smart feature provided by Google.

Gmail ‘Undo Feature’ or ‘recalling sent email’ is activated in your Gmail account. To try this feature you can send any email to anyone, after mail is sent, you will find  ‘Undo’ option there just after ‘Your Message has been Sent’ at the top of any Gmail window.  If you think there’s any error, typo or you’ve sent to the wrong person, just hit the ‘Undo’ link in the yellow box.

And once you undo any sent mail, it’ll return to your draft and it becomes unsent. Note, that it will not be deleted. You can find it your draft section and once you remove all typos and error, again sent it.

Now you may experience that ‘Undo option’ disappears after a few seconds of sent the email. So, there are chances that you may miss to Undo the email as this yellow box disappears very fast. To overcome this problem, you are provided with another option which will increase the visibility time of the yellow box. You can follow the below mentioned steps to increase the visibility time of the Undo option.

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Step 1: Again select the gear icon from any Gmail window and select settings from the drop down.

Step 2: Now by default, you will be in the general page, if not, then select ‘General’ button.

Step 3: Scroll down and find the Undo Send option. Here you will find the option which will increase the visibility time of the box. You can select any one option from ‘Send Cancellation period’. These options include 5, 10, 20 and 30 seconds visibility period of undo option after sending of any Gmail. We recommend select 20-30 seconds for better visibility and error-free email conversation.

Step 4: Further scroll down and click on ‘Save Changes’ option.

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So, this is how you can undo sent mail in Gmail or recall sent mail. This is very useful feature for those, who use Gmail as the primary email service. In the Gmail tips series, we are coming up with some more articles in Gmail tips, pro tools & more. So, don’t forget to subscribe to our email newsletter. And in case, if you have any query about Gmail Undo feature, you can drop in the below comment section.

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