The Gmail App Now Lets You Unsend Emails
Ever sent an email and then wish you hadn’t? It’s a problem most of us have had at some point or another. We’ve all sent an important work-related email, and then spotted a glaring typo that leaves us cringing. Or maybe you meant to send an intimate message to your partner- only to realise that you’ve accidentally sent it to your grandma instead. If you use the Gmail app, though, then good news- you’ve now got the chance to unsend emails, and spare yourself that embarrassment.
Users of the web version of Gmail will already be familiar with this feature. It was first introduced way back in 2009, as part of the “Google Labs” testing initiative. It wasn’t until 2015, though, that the ability to unsend emails became an official Gmail feature. Unusually, though, it was available across Google’s own Inbox app for Android and iOS, but not the Gmail app itself. Until now, that is.
This feature, along with a few more less notable tweaks, will be included in the upcoming version of Gmail, 8.7. Be warned, though, that you don’t have a lot of time to unsend emails before they are out of your hands. The feature is only available for a few seconds after you hit send- after that, you’ll just have to live with your mistakes. You might need to restart the Gmail app to get the feature, too, even after installing the update. It’s probably best to test it out before you actually need it!
This might be a small update, but it’s definitely one that users will appreciate. Especially so, since web users of Gmail have had access to it for three years now. The rumour mill is rumbling away with reports of other big updates coming up across other Google services as well- so watch this space for all the latest news!