Unsend option now available to all Gmail users

By Scorpus ยท 4 replies
Jun 24, 2015
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    For quite some time now, Gmail has included a collection of useful but experimental features under the Labs tab in the webmail settings menu. One of the most useful of these features was called Undo Send, allowing you to stop an email from being sent if you accidentally hit the send button or spotted an error shortly afterwards.

    After six years effectively in beta, Google has decided to bring Undo Send out of the Labs tab and into the general settings screen, allowing any user to take advantage of the handy feature without worrying that it would break other functionality.

    Gmail's unsend feature will not be enabled by default, so if you want to have this ability, you'll need to enable it in the general settings screen. You can also choose a time window for the feature, which dictates how long an 'undo send' link will appear at the top of the screen after hitting send.

    The way Gmail's unsend feature works is that it doesn't actually send your email until the time period you specify has expired, allowing you to "undo" the sending process before it has even begun. If you decide to view the message rather than click undo send, the email will be sent immediately.

    Gmail is currently the only major webmail client that offers unsend functionality, with competitors like Microsoft's Outlook.com and Yahoo Mail deciding not to implement a similar feature despite it being available in Gmail over the past six years. Maybe now that Gmail officially includes the ability to unsend, other email providers will follow suit.

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  2. Skidmarksdeluxe

    Skidmarksdeluxe TS Evangelist Posts: 8,647   +3,274

    This feature can come in mucho handy, big time for me. I can't remember how many emails I've shot off wishing I could recall some of them.
  3. j05hh

    j05hh TS Booster Posts: 156   +34

    I just enabled this on my gmail account. It's also worth noting the cancellation period can be set between 0-30 seconds.
  4. Alpha Gamer

    Alpha Gamer TS Evangelist Posts: 354   +116

    I was expecting something on the range of 5-6 years. I wish I had never talked to certain people...
  5. jobeard

    jobeard TS Ambassador Posts: 11,177   +990

    YEARS and YEARS ago, email was collected in a queue and delivered to the next node in the path using UUCP over dial-up (told you it was old). So queing email is an old concept and the visibility and user access is the new part.

    The more thing change - - the more they remain the same :giggle:

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