How to Unsend an Email: A Step-by-Step Guide

In the fast-paced world of modern communication, we’ve all experienced that sinking feeling when we hit “send” on an email only to realize moments later that we’ve made a mistake. Whether it’s a typo, a forgotten attachment, or simply sending the email to the wrong recipient, the urge to unsend that message can be strong. Fortunately, many email providers now offer the option to retract an email before it reaches its intended recipient. In this article, we’ll guide you through the process of how to unsend an email on some of the most popular email platforms.


Gmail is one of the most widely used email services in the world and offers users the ability to unsend emails within a short window of time after they’ve been sent.

1. Enable Undo Send: To enable the “Undo Send” feature in Gmail, click on the gear icon in the top right corner of your inbox and select “Settings.” Scroll down until you find the “Undo Send” section and check the box next to “Enable Undo Send.” You can also adjust the cancellation period (the amount of time you have to unsend an email) up to 30 seconds.

2. Unsending an Email: After sending an email, you’ll see a message at the bottom left corner of your screen that says “Message sent.” Next to this message, you’ll see an option that says “Undo.” Click on this option within your specified cancellation period to retract your email.


Outlook is another popular email service that allows users to recall messages under certain conditions.

1. Recall Email: To recall an email in Outlook, open your Sent Items folder and double-click on the message you want to recall. Go to the Message tab at the top of your screen and select Actions > Recall This Message.

2. Recall Options: You