Here’s How to Retract Gmail Messages Sent in Error
By: Alexis Scaffidi
Have you ever accidentally clicked “send” on an email? Maybe it was during a heated moment or as you tried to change the font formatting. Maybe you forgot to proofread or addressed it to the wrong contact. Luckily, there is a way to pull back emails sent in error. The commonly used email service, Gmail, offers a way to “undo” emails… and it’s really easy to set up.
Gmail’s undo button is a life saver that you can’t afford NOT to set up. If you’re unsure how to activate yours, then all you need to do is follow the simple steps below.
- On your computer, open your Gmail account
- In the top right corner, find the button that looks like a circular bolt. Click the small drop down arrow to the right and then click “Settings”
- At the top, you will notice you’re on the “General” tab. If you look at the middle of your screen, you’ll see a section titled “Undo Send”
- Click the little box next to Undo Send and a checkmark will appear
- Set the cancellation time period to the longest possible (30 seconds)
- Lastly, scroll all the way to the bottom and click “Save Changes”
While it won’t save you hours later, the “Undo Send” feature is a great way to quickly protect yourself from personal and professional mishaps. As a best practice, always reread emails immediately after sending to ensure you still have the chance to pull them back.