How to Unsend Sent Emails in Gmail

Zach Zach (248)
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Everybody makes mistakes. At last, Google has given us the ability to undo sent emails in Gmail. This guide shows you how to enable, configure, and use this feature so that you can cancel sent emails and save yourself from embarrassing situations.

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Open Gmail Settings

From your Gmail account, click on the gear icon in the top right and select Settings.

Enable Undo Send

On the General tab, check "Enable Undo Send".

Configure the time window

Using the dropdown, change the cancellation period. Unfortunately, the longest period of time you can select is 30 seconds, but this should be enough time to realize that you just sent a cat photo to everyone on your contact list. Scroll down and click Save Changes.

Unsend an email

After sending an email, you'll see an Undo link. Click it within the time window you specified and it will cancel the send and also open a draft version of the email so that you can make your correction. Pretty slick!

This one simple trick will make your email 100% safer than it was!
Odin Odin (182)

One of the most dangerous aspects of how the Internet has grown and developed is due to the use of antique systems still being used to serve people's needs. Email is just one such example.