Gmail Adds Major New Feature: ‘Undo Send’

By June 24, 2015

Have you ever written a really stressful email to a co-worker, a friend, or a family member, and stressed over whether or not you should hit the “send” button? Have you ever actually hit it and wished, by some form of technological magic, that you could take that action back? Apparently, Google has been listening to you, and has made it possible to do just that.

According to Gizmodo, Google has been tweaking the brand new “undo send” feature for their Gmail service for most of the past six years. Now, after all that time, it’s ready to become a fully-fledged standard feature of the massive email service. It doesn’t work forever, of course. You have a limited window from which you can actually cancel the sending of a specific email, which you can predetermine in your Gmail settings to be anywhere between 5 and 30 seconds. Still, though, having the option present may prove to be a major sigh of relief for those who have wished on more than one occasion that they could undo a particular email.

So, how do you enable this feature for yourself? It’s pretty simple, actually, and Gizmodo walks you through it by saying,

Go to the little cog icon in the upper righthand corner and select “Settings.” About a third of the way down the page you’ll see the “Undo Send” section. You can choose between 5, 10, 20 and 30 second windows of unsendability. Make sure you hit “Save Changes” at the bottom and you’re all set.

It’s definitely a cool feature to have, especially if you’re trying to send “that” joke to your brother instead of your grandma. If it goes to grandma by accident, then you can at least catch it and make sure it doesn’t within up to half a minute. Sounds like a saving grace to me!

Chris Clow
As a former comics retailer at a store in the Pacific Northwest, Chris Clow is an enormous sci-fi, comics, and film geek. He is a freelance contributor, reviewer, podcaster, and overall geek to GeekNation,, The Huffington Post, and He also hosts the monthly Comics on Consoles broadcast and podcast. Check out his blog, and follow him on Twitter @ChrisClow.