One of the benefits of email is instant message delivery. However, this convenience sometimes comes at the cost of inconvenience. Once an email has been sent, it cannot be returned.
Sometimes this leads to problems if an incomplete message is sent, or it was sent to the wrong recipients. Fortunately, Gmail allows you to quickly and efficiently not only send emails, but also cancel sending. This function can be used not only in the web client of the computer, but also on mobile devices.
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How to cancel sending an email in Gmail after clicking Send
1. Configure email cancellation options
At one time, to activate this functionality, it was necessary to enable the option “Cancel sending“. But now Google has made it a standard feature of the Gmail service. However, it’s still best to check your settings to make sure they are in the correct state, to do this: Log in to Gmail with your account. In the upper right corner, click on the gear icon. In the drop-down menu, select “All settings”…
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There are many special features in this settings menu that you can activate and customize Gmail to suit your needs. On the tab “Are common“Pay attention to the section”Cancel sending“. Here you can set the length of time for canceling the send. It is possible to do this 5, 10, 20 or 30 seconds after pressing the button Send message…
For those who are worried about the possibility of sending an incorrect email, it is better to set the time period for cancellation to at least 10 seconds. This will increase your sense of security. Still, five seconds may not be enough to realize the error and press the button “Cancel“. Having finished working with this menu, you need to go to the very bottom of the section “Settings“And click”Save changes“.
It is worth remembering that an email may appear in the recipient’s mailbox and be present there as long as the sender has the option “Cancel“. If you press this button quickly, the letter will disappear from the mailbox. Otherwise, they may start reading it. Therefore, it is important to act quickly.
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2. Send a test letter
After setting the time for canceling the sent message, it is advisable to test this feature. Click the “Write a message»And write a letter to yourself (to your e-mail address from which you are writing).
Press the blue button “Send message»To send.
Look in the lower left corner of the Gmail window. A shipment notification will appear there: “Email sent“. The desired option will be placed next to it “Cancel“.
If you wait for the time specified in point 1, then this item will disappear and the letter will not be returned. If it is difficult to determine how long it takes to complete an action, then you can experiment with the settings, choosing different intervals and evaluating them in your practice. After choosing the option “Cancel“A notification appears in the lower left corner”Sending canceled”, After which the screen for editing the letter will open in the state immediately before sending. This makes it possible to change the contents of a message or sender before re-sending. After the cancellation of sending a letter, all time limits for working on it are canceled. You can delete it altogether and start working on a new document.
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How to cancel sending an email in Gmail on iOS or Android
When using the official Gmail app on iOS (link) and Android (link), canceling a sent email is very easy and does not require any settings or options at all. Immediately after sending the email, a cancel button will appear at the bottom of the screen. By clicking it, you will be able to cancel the process.
But this button is displayed for only a few seconds, after which the process will become irreversible. As with the web client, it is recommended to test this feature based on a test email. So it will be clear how exactly it works and whether you can rely on it.