How To: Unsend An Email

How To: Unsend An Email

We’ve all been there: against your better judgement, you sent an email that should have never been sent. You write your boss and detail all the reasons why he’s a fart face. You confess to the landlord that it was really you who shit in the stairwell. You sent your crush some seriously tasteless nudes. Big mistake. Only send tasteful nudes. But now what do you do? Fake your death and flee the country. It’s your only option. That is until now! Thanks to Business Insider, we’ve learned that Gmail has an Undo Send feature hidden away in the Gmail Labs settings. You’ve gotta enable the gadget for it to work so you should do that now. Or regret it later! The only downside is that the Unsend feature only works for up to 30 seconds after you send it, meaning that the email you sent last night under the influence of a combination of wine and anger/guilt/depression/poor judgement can’t be unsent when you wake up the next morning and you realize FUFUFUFUUUUUU. Still, maybe in the 30 seconds after you drunkely hit ‘Send’ you’ll have a brief moment of lucidity and you’ll realize FUFUFUFUUUUUU OMG THERE’S STILL TIME and unsend that mess! Highly unlikely, but it’s possible.

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Via: Business Insider


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  • I wonder why

    Great! this post is going to save many relationships around the globe… including mine probably!
    There are a bunch of really good other widgets to add in that “labs” tap… thanks a stack!

  • thank_goodness

    thank you !

  • Ralph

    You only have 10 seconds!!! Not 30!!!

  • Actually (and thankfully!!!), you can adjust it for more time:

    “It defaults so that you have 10 seconds to click before the Undo button disappears, but you can adjust that window of opportunity.
    Go to Settings > General > Undo Send, and select a cancellation period up to 30 seconds.”

  • Melissa

    I’d recommend Criptext! It’s a free software that lets you unsend emails even after they’re read. Right now it only works for Gmail, but it works!

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