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

Updated: June 13, 2021 / Home » Tutorials

How to recall 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.

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If you regretted your action and wanted to recall the email, Gmail now comes with this unique feature, to unsend 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.

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[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 screenshot above. Simply click on the link to unsend the email.

Video Tutorial on How to Recall Gmail


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    apj associates [ Reply ]

    We want to know the system of recall sent mail.

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      khalil boueri [ Reply ]

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

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        Joe Osborne [ Reply ]

        How to Unsend Email Before It’s Too Late

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          Xperia [ Reply ]

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

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

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      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?

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    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.

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    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.

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      Joanna Stern [ Reply ]

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

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    bummed [ 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.

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    ibileez [ Reply ]

    When can we custom adjust the 10 seconds?

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    Andrew Palagyi [ Reply ]

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

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    Virginie [ Reply ]

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

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      Boyman [ Reply ]

      You Can Undo A Sent Email Upto 30 Seconds

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

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    Samara Lynn [ Reply ]

    By sending through Sage E-marketing’s servers

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

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      Geckoandfly [ Reply ]

      Maybe Outlook has a smaller time delay?

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    The “undo sent” message isn’t populating anything in my “labs” tab. So how do I adjust this? And why does it only recall after 5 seconds? With other services like Outlook, you can recall any unopened message. Please change this. 5 seconds is not enough time.

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      Ngan Tengyuen [ Reply ]

      there is no such thing as being able to recall if the receiver have yet to open it. if Microsoft Outlook’s server delivered the email to Google Gmail’s server, there is no possible way for Microsoft to delete the email in Google’s server. If Microsoft can do it, then hackers with access to any of this server can delete everybody’s email.

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