Gmail Retract Email

horrified-woman-covering-mouth-image-from-shutterstockGmail Retract Email: a reader asks…

I use Gmail and have found that sometimes I’ve accidentally hit the send button too quick. Is there a way for me to cancel an email that I’ve already sent?

Yes, this is something that Gmail users have been asking for forever. Google added that feature in awhile ago, but it’s easy to miss that setting. It’s called “Undo Send” and you can use it to set a hidden sending delay of up to 30 seconds.


In Gmail’s webmail interface (using your web browser at, click the gear icon at the top-right to open your settings menu. Click Settings, and then look down the page for “Undo Send”. Click the checkbox to enable it and choose your delay amount to 5, 10, 20 or 30 seconds. That’s it.

From then on, when you hit the send button, Gmail won’t actually send the email for the number of seconds you’ve selected.

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