Are you aware of the recently unveiled ‘Undo Send’ button on your Gmail account that allows you to unsend free emails that you may have sent by mistake? Chances are that if you are not a power user, you may not have noticed it yet even though it has been there for a while. Until recently, the feature was only but experimental. No one can argue with the fact that the feature is a life saver especially for individuals who are known for accidentally sending incomplete or wrong emails.
How to access the feature
It is quite easy to gain access to the feature. All you need to do is to launch your Gmail account in your browser and click on the profile button. Look for a cog wheel and click on it. This gives you access a menu where you can select Settings. Find the General tab and while on it you can scroll down until you access the Undo Send function. Check on the Enable Undo Send box to enable it. The feature allows you to specify the cancellation period (up to a maximum of 30 seconds). Select one that you feel is ideal for you.
With the feature installed, it is quite easy to use it. Once you’ve drafted your email and clicked on the send button on your Gmail account, normally you get a notification alerting you that your message has been sent. In this case, the notification will still appear but with an ‘Undo’ button. On clicking the ‘Undo’ button, the message will be unsend. This is where the importance of the cancellation period comes in. Sending your message will be delayed depending on the set cancellation period. You have to remain on that page so as to successfully execute the function. If you navigate to a different inbox or execute another function within your Gmail account you automatically lose the privilege of recalling your sent mail.
With such functionalities, it is no wonder that Gmail has remained to be the most popular email service among users. Why send an email with typos or incomplete emails and end up regretting your action when you can make the most of the ‘Undo Send’ button?
For maximum efficiency, the service allows for a few seconds delays in sending the message. This gives you some seconds to deliberate whether you want to unsend your message or not. Failure to click the ‘Undo’ button within the time limit your message will be sent and the ‘Undo’ button will no longer work. This is where the importance of having a good connection comes in because the feature may not work properly if you are experience poor connections issues.
Without a doubt, the Gmail’s ‘Undo Send’ feature has grown to become one of the most popular features to ever have come from Gmail Labs. It is about time we embrace it.