Undo Sent Email in Gmail: How to Recall Email In Gmail

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Do you know that you can recall any email sent via Gmail to avoid sending it to the wrong person? This feature in Gmail is called Undo Send Gmail. Here is How to Enable Undo Send feature in Gmail.

If you are on Microsoft Exchange server then recall of email is provided by default and you can use this feature to recall any sent email on Exchange server until that recipient reads the email. But once read you cannot recall that email.

But before going into the detail of how to recall email in Gmail, let me give a little information about what is Recall Email and How it works in Gmail.

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What is Recall Email?

Recalling of email is a feature by which you can undo sent email until the recipient reads the email. But once the email is opened and read by the recipient you cannot recall it any more. This is how it work in Microsoft exchange server.

How does Recall Email work in Gmail?

Recall Gmail does not work the traditional way that works in exchange server. In Gmail, it works by delaying the delivery process up to 30 seconds. Up to 30 seconds the email does not leave Gmail server. So, you have maximum of 30 seconds to recall that email in Gmail.

But by default, “Undo Send” feature is not enabled in Gmail account, you must enable this feature. After being in beta state for a long time, now this feature has been rolled out to mass for use.

Here is a YouTube video that explains the complete process of Recalling email in Gmail.

How to Enable Undo Send / Recall Feature in Gmail

STEP 1

Login to Your Gmail account and click on the cog wheel that is placed at the top right corner and select Settings.

Recall Email in Gmail

STEP 2

Under the General tab scroll a little bit down and tick the checkbox labelled as “Enable Undo Send”.

Enable Undo Send Gmail

STEP 3

Click the drop down box labelled as “Send cancellation period” to select the desired delay time in seconds. You can select from 5 seconds to 30 seconds (5,10,20,30 seconds).

It is advised to keep this value at 30 seconds as you will get more time to recall that email. In other words, this is the time period within which you can hit that Undo button.

Recall Email

STEP 4

Now as you have set everything perfect, hit the “Save Changes” button at the bottom of the page.

Undo Send Save Changes

How to use Undo Send to Recall Email in Gmail

Now as you have enabled the Undo send feature, you will be able to recall any email send now on wards. After sending an email you can see a confirmation pop up which says “Your message has been sent. undo, View message”. If you want to recall this message click on Undo link and your email will be recalled.

recall email in gmail

But remember once this message box disappears you cannot recall the email anymore. So, you must act fast.

FAQs on Undo Send in Gmail

1. Is the Undo Send feature enabled by default?

Ans: No, you must enable it to use the recall feature in Gmail.

2. Can I Recall the email after the Undo Send pop up message disappeared?

Ans: No, you cannot.

3. Can I recall the email sent in past?

Ans: No, you cannot recall any email that was sent in past as the maximum time to undo send email is 30 seconds after which you can never recall that email.

4. Can I recall email sent to any non-Gmail email id?

Ans: Yes, you can recall email sent to any email id, provided you must act within time limit set by you.

Summary

Below are steps to summarize the whole process:

  1. Log into your Gmail account.
  2. Click the cog wheel at the top right, select Settings.
  3. Under the General tab (the default page) tick the box which says ‘Enable undo send’.
  4. Use the drop down box to choose how long you’d like to delay sending the email. Keep it 30 seconds for better result.
  5. Hit Save Changes at the bottom of the page.
  6. Now Gmail Recall feature is enabled on your Gmail account.
  7. After sending an email you can see a confirmation pop up which says “Your message has been sent. undo, View message”. If you want to recall this message click on Undo link and your email will be recalled.

Guru

+Ayodhyanath Guru holds a B.Tech degree in Electrical Engineering and has worked with various prestigious clients in the IT industry and presently working as a Software Engineer. He is a part time blogger and presently authors the Jafaloo.Com blog. Being a tech enthusiast Guru likes to surf the web and blogs about interesting technical topics like How-To guides, freewares, Tutorials, Software, Gadgets, web applications etc. Apart from blogging he likes coding in Java/J2EE and PHP.

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39 Responses

  1. Kiran says:

    I like it.. was looking for this feature in gmail.. Thanks for the nice tip..

  2. Mlivneh says:

    I must be hallucinating, but if this is really there as describe, only an einstein IQ can find it

  3. Reshma Kumari says:

    but this undo button dissppear in 5 seconds

  4. Mickey59 says:

    unable to find a “labs” tab

  5. Ivana says:

    I enabled it however I cannot locate it…..please help…in addition, does it work on hte message sent several hours ago?

  6. scott peterson says:

    it’s very handy if you catch it before it disappears. I guess there’s no way to recall an unread email say a few hours after you’ve sent it though and moved on to other emails, right? Otherwise, thanks for the tip!

    scott
    http://www.pagelogic.com

  7. Robbie H Ellis says:

    after you have sent the email, then you install the Retrieve feature, can you then recall the email that you sent PRIOR to installing the recall feature?

  8. Adrian says:

    Thanks Guru ! Appreciate your post Guess there is no way to do that ! If there is please let me know> Cheers Adrian

    • mariafaria says:

      The reason you only have a few seconds to recall the message is that it’s likely that the receiver would have opened it. If it happened, there is no point in trying to recover the message, right? So far, I haven’t found a way to know if the message was opened or not, as you can do with outlook, for example.

  9. Nlcrowley50 says:

    Hey there…for people that are having a difficult time finding the “Lab” button it’s under the gear icon/settings/lab…Just FYI.

  10. Jenny says:

    wut about unsending emails from a long time ago?

    • Guru says:

      Sorry.. You can not unsend for long time ago emails. Gmail does not support that feature yet.

  11. Curt says:

    For emails I’ve considered as possibly wanting to unsend at some time in the future I’ve used Bigstring to masquerade my gmail accounts allowing me to create self-destructing and recallable email (email I can configure to expire at a certain date/time, by number of views, or at will). Unfortunately, I don’t think Bigstring accepts signups any longer – at least I can’t find a new registration link that works. I do have free signups available for similar service though which accomplishes the same thing if any one is interested. It’s useful for email you send as recallable and works with any existing email accounts (gmail, hotmail, yahoo, live, etc.). It’s about the only reasonable unsend feature work around I’ve found.
    If you’re interested – drop me a line through my contacify link: http://www.contactify.com/ca515

  12. angel says:

    thanx fr the info!!

  13. James says:

    Max recall time 30 seconds? Almost totally useless feature..even if you can configure it to work. I don’t see any obvious recall button even when I’ve enabled the undo feature.

  14. me says:

    just tried it on myself. Brilliant! thanks!

  15. Salome Sato says:

    what if I sent it before clicking the undo…is there any recall still?

  16. musiclover_555 says:

    I wish they can make the recall longer. Good job Gmail!

  17. Shamia Irving says:

    Oh ok. It works but the only way it would’ve been helpful is to discover this post before I created/sent the email I wanted to recall…that way I would’ve had it enabled and I would’ve been able to click it within the nano second that it stays on the screen…. I hope this is a “lab experiment” they decide to use for primetime!!!!!

    • CantUndoAfterLater says:

      Im with you on that one, also had the same problem. pretty useless after the fact

  18. Alex says:

    Thanks for the information; it is useful to know, but to be honest I think this has convinced me to give up on Gmail. If this is the best service they can provide, I am just not sure it is good enough.

  19. LOW says:

    is it hundred percent guarantee that the wrong recipient cannot open the email that you recalled?

  20. Think about how almost useless this limited recall functionality is. It only serves a sender if they virtually- instantly realize they shouldn’t have sent the email. However, a more typical use case is a sender who after sending discovers a problem with the email (body, distribution list, etc.). Sure, this means upfront proofing was not sufficient … but it happens. Too bad with gmail. By the time one recognizes this more typical scenario, it is too late to use this recall feature. That’s the best Google can do?

  21. uday kiran says:

    The recall option in outlook we can use until the receiver didn’t read the message.
    But undo is working only for few seconds after sending the mail.If we navigate to other page or inbox, the option will no longer available.

    Please correct me if I am wrong.
    Give me an alternate solution if I am correct.

    • Steve Westerman says:

      Agree with these comments, 30 second max recall is useless. How hard could it be to allow recall until the recipient opens the mail. Standard Outlook functionality for close to a decade.

  22. WeCommend says:

    brilliant notes – thanks

  23. Ana Maria Ruiz Bejarano says:

    Thank you so much! It was so easy to understand. Great

  24. Angela Accettura says:

    So easy to follow and very helpful! THANK YOU 🙂

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