[ Tutorial ] How to Recall, Undo or Unsend Gmail Email

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How to recall an email messages in Gmail? Do you know that you can unsent email messages in Gmail? This is a useful feature when you make simple mistakes such as forgetting to attach a file you are supposed to send, a spelled somebody’s name incorrectly.

If you regretted your action and wanted to recall the email, Gmail now comes with this unique feature, to unsent a Gmail Message, follow the step by step tutorial as shown in the images below. Remember, you only have 10 seconds after you send the email to undo it, only 10 seconds at the time of writing.

Also, you might find this similar article useful – how to unsent Yahoo, Hotmail and AOL Email.

[Tutorial] How to Recall, Undo or Unsend Gmail Email

  • Step 1 – Click on ‘Nut’ icon
  • Step 2 – Go to ‘Settings’
  • Step 3 – Select the ‘Labs’ tab
  • Step 4 – Type ‘Undo Send’
  • Step 5 – Select ‘Enable’
  • Step 6 – Click on the ‘Save Changes’ button

[Tutorial] How to Recall, Undo or Unsend Gmail Email
Everytime you send an email, an Undo link will appear at the top of the Gmail window as shown in the screen shot above. Simply click on the link to unsend the email.

Video Tutorial on How to Recall Gmail

20 comments on “[ Tutorial ] How to Recall, Undo or Unsend Gmail Email

  1. apj associates August 23, 2009 at 3:29 pm - Reply

    We want to know the system of recall sent mail.

    • khalil boueri December 23, 2010 at 5:30 am - Reply

      we need to know how to recall a sent mail by mistake

      • Joe Osborne April 7, 2013 at 2:20 pm - Reply

        How to Unsend Email Before It’s Too Late

        • Xperia April 10, 2013 at 11:31 pm - Reply

          You can recall emails that have not opened by your email recipient.

  2. ed September 4, 2009 at 7:15 pm - Reply

    This feature does NOT recall a sent mail message, it just waits 5 seconds before sending it along.

    • Karra April 22, 2010 at 1:11 pm - Reply

      I’m not the most tech-savvy, so I might just be misunderstanding something here…

      However, I too thought it was just a delayed send, so I did a quick test.

      I sent myself an email, and was able to see the email arrive in my inbox (1 unread) immediately, and then used the recall feature a few seconds later, which did actually take the sent message out of my inbox.

      Maybe the actual recall only works between Gmail accounts, and otherwise the email is simply delayed?

  3. j January 7, 2010 at 6:03 pm - Reply

    For all intents and purposes it ‘recalls’ the message. Really, it is just a way for the masses to understand that the message will not be seen by the other party. Whether they think that it is being actually recalled or know that it is just being suspended briefly before being sent is a moot point.

  4. B March 16, 2010 at 7:00 am - Reply

    Response to J – Ed’s point is not moot at all. There is NO recall in Gmail. Delaying sending the message is is no way the same as the ability to recall. The ability to truly recall a message would be much more useful.

    • Joanna Stern April 7, 2013 at 2:25 pm - Reply

      There’s Gmail Labs feature that, when enabled, gives you 5 seconds to unsend an email.

      • quer April 10, 2013 at 11:31 pm - Reply

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  5. bummed June 25, 2010 at 5:09 am - Reply

    drat, I wish it were truly a recall feature too. I’m old and sometimes it takes more than 10 seconds for me to realize I’ve done something dumb. lol I stupidly sent an email from my default gmail account instead of from an alternate address because I forgot to use the drop-down menu to change it. So now people I would prefer not have my gmail address do. Oh well. My fault. I guess it’s not the end of the world. This will just teach me to be more careful.

  6. ibileez August 4, 2010 at 6:12 am - Reply

    When can we custom adjust the 10 seconds?

  7. Andrew Palagyi February 24, 2011 at 6:03 pm - Reply

    10 sec —- not long enough. should be available without time limit if possible

    • Zeti April 10, 2013 at 11:32 pm - Reply

      Delay the Sending of an Email – Ubuntu

  8. Virginie June 8, 2011 at 1:50 pm - Reply

    It is a shame that we can’t recall any message after a longer period of time (ie 24h)…

    • Boyman April 10, 2013 at 11:31 pm - Reply

      You Can Undo A Sent Email Upto 30 Seconds

  9. Nope August 27, 2011 at 3:22 am - Reply

    Nope – it DOESN’T recall, it just delays sending for 10 seconds. Please correct your blog.

  10. Samara Lynn April 10, 2013 at 11:31 pm - Reply

    By sending through Sage E-marketing’s servers

  11. MrP March 24, 2014 at 9:06 am - Reply

    It affected email in a same system, I guess and I tried recall function on Outlook, but it never worked as my expectation.

    • Geckoandfly March 24, 2014 at 3:13 pm - Reply

      Maybe Outlook has a smaller time delay?

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