Ever send an email that you wish you didn’t? After six years being in Google Labs, Google has graduated their unsend feature from Google Labs to an official setting in Gmail. If you believe in second chances this is a feature Gmail users want to enable.
This is a very easy feature to set up if you have not already. Go to “Settings” which is in the gear icon (it looks like a bicycle spoke) and select settings. It is in the “General” tab and you will see “Undo Send:” In the box next to “Enable Undo Send” check it to enable this feature. You can choose how long you can cancel the email after sending it. Your choices are 5, 10, 20, or 30 seconds. My suggestion is to select 20 or 30 seconds. Rather than sending that email that you need to send a follow-up apology for, simply unsend the message by selecting “Cancel” which is in the top middle of the page within the time you have selected. Your message will not be sent. Keep in mind that when you have this feature enabled, the sending of the email is delayed by the time you select so you can cancel sending it. All of us myself included have sent an email that we wish we didn’t. This unsend feature which is now an official mainstream setting in Gmail should have been mainstream long ago. I am glad Google finally did.
Note that if you had this feature enabled in “Labs” you will still have it enabled. One thing to keep in mind is that this is not yet available in the mobile version of Gmail but Google expects to roll it out as a mobile feature in the near future. I guess that is why when many of us send an email from our phone or tablet we have the email signature, “Sent from my mobile. Please excuse any errors.”
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