In a move that likely has many wondering how it’s possible that it’s 2015 and this wasn’t a thing before, Gmail have announced that the “Undo Send” feature will now be a part of their regular platform. The feature can recall sent emails in a window of between five and thirty seconds, depending on what the user has set the timer for, but unfortunately can’t retroactively un-send that NSFW chain email you accidentally forwarded to your boss earlier this year.
Initially only available as an experimental feature all the way back in 2009, the “Undo Send” button will now appear for all Gmail users; but they will have to turn it on. After logging into Gmail, users simply need to click the little cog icon in the upper righthand corner and select “Settings”. Scroll down until you see the “Undo Send” section, check the enable box, and then choose between 5, 10, 20 and 30 second windows of total recall. Finally, don’t forget to hit “Save Changes” after you’ve made your selection. The next time you receive a “sent” confirmation at the top of your screen, you’ll also be able to click “Undo” right next to it, and your next embarrassing faux pas will be called right back.
Thirty seconds of recall time is highly recommended, as it likely spans your thought process as you find yourself listening to ‘Marvin’s Room’ a few too many times after a Saturday night out, emailing your ex a wall of text about “all those good times”, and then suddenly experiencing those familiar feelings of regret and shame welling deep within. Google may have taken control of all of your personal details and search preferences, but hey, at least they’ve got your back too.
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