How to Recall an email in Gmail using ‘Undo Send’ feature

Everyone is prone to make certain mistakes in our life. After all, we are just humans. So it is quite obvious that all of us would have regretted sending certain mails and expected a vanishing Ctrl Z button or an Undo button that would rescue us.

You would have sent the wrong mail due to various reasons like –
You would have forgotten to send a particular attachment,
or you would have sent it to the wrong person,
or someone mishandled your email account and ended up sending mails on your behalf.
In fact most of the time, you’re just in such hurry that you end up sending a mail which would be wrong under many terms.
and the list for reasons goes on

The two most commonly used email services are Outlook and Gmail. And for our benefit, both tend to solve the problem in certain ways.
Unfortunately, they don’t have a magical undo button but the solution is pretty much close to the idea.

Hence, in this article we will mention how you could recall a certain mail using the “Undo send” feature on Gmail.

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Simple Step–by–Step Guide to help you Undo Send your Email on Gmail –

Earlier, Gmail allowed an option known as “Unsend” which when enabled, could recall your emails in Gmail.

But the previous options didn’t receive much interested, especially since it wasn’t turned ON at all times.
Thus, in comes the Undo send feature. This feature was available as a beta version for years and has finally rolled out officially to all.

In order to use this feature, all you have to do is follow these simple steps mentioned below –

Step 1) Sign – In to your Gmail account. This is the first and obvious step.

Step 2) Click on the gear or cog wheel icon at the top right corner, below your profile image.


Step 3) Select ‘Settings’.

Step 4) The default page that would open is the General tab. Under this, scroll down to find ‘Undo Send’ option.

Step 5) Enable the Undo Send feature by ticking on the checkbox.

Step 6) Also, make sure to select the drop down button to choose the time frame between which you could recall the email. There are 4 options – 5, 10, 20 and 30 seconds. After doing all the adjustments make sure to click on ‘Save Changes’ at the end.



Remember this time is basically like a delay, i.e. if you’ve sent a mail already then you have max 30 seconds to undo it.

Basically, with this feature, the receiver would not get the mail from you, if you had clicked on ‘Undo Message’ after sending an incorrect mail. After the time delay has ended, the Undo option would automatically disappear, hence you cannot do anything after that time frame.

Do note that if suppose your time delay is 30 seconds and you haven’t clicked on Undo yet then the receiver would have read your mail in that time. So act quickly to save any kind of embarrassment.

Also, you could test this feature by sending a mail to yourself and then recalling. Hence, you could get familiar with it before acting over an important mail in future.


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Navaneetha, commonly known as "nav", loves to read, play badminton, play the keyboard and sing but when she's not doing any of those, she loves to write. What started as a high school hobby to write is now her ongoing passion.

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