Have you ever hit the ‘send’ button to realize you made a HUGE mistake? Say… send out an email to 500 people, only to realize you didn’t ‘bcc’ their address. Meaning everyone had access to the list of emails.
Ya, I did that when sending out a mass email to my readers about an event. *slap the hand*
And when I realized what I had done…I scurried to find out how to retract it. Come to find out, retracting is not a default feature like some email accounts have. And that resolutions for Gmail users only come in time for the next email to be sent out.
Let me save you the trouble of making the same mistake. Gmail has an ‘Undo Send’ feature to help you retract emails a full 30 seconds after you send a message.
Gmail Labs – Undo Send
Ever heard of Gmail Labs? It’s a testing ground for gmail features.
- The good: lots of cool features to try.
- The bad: they can change, break, or disappear at anytime.
While I don’t like the latter, the ‘undo send’ feature has been around for quite some time. And its even better than before. Originally, you had 5 seconds to retract a message. Personally, that is only enough time to realize one’s mistake. Now you can opt for a full 30 seconds. Keep reading to find out how to enable the Undo Send feature in Gmail.
How to Access Gmail Labs
- Sign into your Gmail account.
- In the top, right-hand side, click the little cog wheel symbol (options) and select ‘mail settings’.
Enable “Undo Send” and Save Changes
- In your settings dashboard, click ‘Labs’ (approx. 8th one over)
- Type in ‘undo send’ in the search bar or scroll down the page to find the desired lab feature.
- Click ‘enable’ and ‘save changes’
By default, you now have 5 seconds to retract an email after you hit the ‘send’ button. Not enough time? Keep on reading.
Enable More Time to Retract an Email
Within your settings dashboard, click the ‘general’ tab. About mid-page you will find the Undo Settings section. Make sure the ‘enable’ button is ticked. Then click the dropdown button to select your desired send cancellation duration. Click the max for a full 30 seconds!
Compose Email and Hit Send
Compose your email, as usual. Hit ‘Send’ to email your recipient.
Select the “Undo” Button to Retract Your Email
When the message is sent, you will notice in the box above it gives you the option to “undo”. Here is your change to retract. Hurry, because if you do not retract in the time allotted, the option will disappear. Forever!
“Sending has been Undone”
When you retract a message the box will now alert you, “sending has been undone”. Ah, saved!
So what’s keeping you so long? Go update your gmail account!
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