How To Increase The Time To Unsend An Email On Gmail

When you send an email through Gmail, you may have noticed that a small transient box appears, allowing you to either see the email or ‘unsend’ it. When we try to unsend an email, we usually notice that the unsend window disappears faster than we thought.

This is because Gmail provides a five-second window for you to change your mind, and it’s very evident that five seconds is far too short even to consider if the email you sent was proper.

This how-to focuses on how every Gmail user may extend that five-minute window and avoid having to apologize to their employer or come up with a solid cover story. As a disclaimer, this how-to is exclusively about Gmail. Thus it has nothing to do with other email providers like Yahoo, Hotmail, Outlook, etc.

To start, go to the web version of Gmail, preferably on your computer, and follow the instructions outlined below:

How To Increase The Time To Unsend An Email On Gmail

  • Select ‘See all settings’ after clicking the ‘Settings‘ button.
  • Find the ‘Undo Send‘ section under the ‘General‘ menu.
  • Select the time for how long you want Gmail to allow you to unsend an email. It could be 10, 20, or 30 seconds.
  • Once you’ve made your selection, scroll down to the bottom of the page and click ‘Save Changes.’
  • The option to adjust the duration will look something like this:

    How To Increase The Time To Unsend An Email On Gmail
    Image source: The Verge
  • After sending an email, you’ll notice that the pop-up to unsend an email lasts significantly longer.

    How To Increase The Time To Unsend An Email On Gmail
    Image source: The Verge

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