How to Undo, Edit, Delete & Cancel Already Sent Email in Gmail


This article will teach you how to Undo, Delete, Edit, and cancel already sent email in Gmail.

Believe me when I say it is straightforward to undo a sent email.

Sending an email is an integral part of our daily communication, be it for personal, business, or professional purposes.

Sending mails to someone is easy. But what about if the mail was sent to the wrong email address, or possibly sent with wrong or missing contents. What can be done about it?

It’s the habit of most people while sending mail sometimes they never review the person’s mail id. Sometimes, they don’t bother about content and end up sending it blindly.

However, there are instances when we hastily click the “send” button and realize in just a split second later that we’ve made a mistake.

Most times, after sending we realize, oh my God! “What have I just done, I have sent this email to the wrong person” or with the wrong content, what should I do now?

Whether it’s a typo, an incomplete message, or an inappropriate attachment, that moment of panic can be nerve-wracking.

You need not be worried; I will reveal to you how you can undo, edit, delete, or cancel email even after the message had been sent.

There are some settings that you need to follow in your Gmail account, after which then you can undo, delete, edit or cancel emails – even after you have sent them.

In this article, we will delve into the step-by-step process of how to undo already sent email in Gmail, saving us from embarrassing or potentially damaging situations.

Steps to Undo or Cancel Sent Email In Gmail

1. Open Gmail

Log in to your Gmail account and then click the Gear icon on the right top corner. From the drop-down menu, select “See all settings.”

2. General Settings

Once you are in the settings menu, click on the “General” tab, which is usually the default option.

3. Enabling “Undo Send”

Scroll down the “General” settings until you find the “Undo Send” section.

Here, you will see a dropdown to set the duration available to undo send Gmail messages.

4. Setting the Cancellation Period

The amount of time you have to retract an email after hitting the “send” button.

The available cancellation periods are 5, 10, 20, and 30 seconds. Select the one that best suits your preference.

5. Save Changes

Don’t forget to save your changes by scrolling down to the bottom of the settings page and clicking on the “Save Changes” button.

6. Test the “Undo Send”

Now that you’ve enabled the “Undo Send” feature, it’s time to test it out. Compose a sample email and send it to yourself or a test account.

Once you send the test email, a yellow bar with the message “Your message has been sent” will appear at the bottom of the screen, along with the option to “Undo.” Click on “Undo” to retract the email.



  1. Thanks Google, but what’s the point of only giving us 30 seconds to undo an email. It takes longer to figure out that an error occurred. Pointless!


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