How to recall a mistakenly sent email on Gmail


Emails are by far the most professional means of sending and receiving written messages. As such, most individuals use emails when communicating important work-related information like placing an order, applying for a job, giving feedback, and many other pieces of communication that are of great importance and sometimes we want to recall a mistakenly sent email on Gmail.

It is upon this that emails should always be clearly read, edited and corrected before being sent. They should also be proofread because once an email is sent, there isn’t a way to undo the sending.

Imagine after a strong heated argument with your boss, you rush into drafting and sending a resignation letter. Then minutes later, you cool down only to find yourself back in the job hunting pool wondering how all this could have been avoided.

The solution

For Gmail users, a small window is provided for a limited time that allows you to recall the message you had sent. Below are the steps to follow:

  1. Log into your account on your computer. Visit and enter your login details.
  2. In the upper right corner, click settings and ensure that the general tab is selected, click options
  3. Here, you will find the “undo send” option
  4. Click the checkbox and have the undo send enabled
  5. Click and configure the amount of time you will have to prevent the email from being sent.

You can choose to test it out and send a small email to anyone. After clicking send, a notification appears at the top prompting you to undo if you wish to.

However, this option isn’t one to always rely on. Always make sure you clearly and critically read through and edit important emails before clicking send.

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