After Six Years, GMail Finally Takes ‘UnSend’ Out Of Beta

After a long, long time in Beta testing, Google has finally made Unsend a feature that everyone can use, here’s how to turn it on:

So how do you enable Gmail’s undo feature? Go to the little cog icon in the upper righthand corner and select “Settings.” About a third of the way down the page you’ll see the “Undo Send” section. You can choose between 5, 10, 20 and 30 second windows of unsendability. Make sure you hit “Save Changes” at the bottom and you’re all set.

A feature like this would seem to be useful for social media as well.

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Doug Mataconis held a B.A. in Political Science from Rutgers University and J.D. from George Mason University School of Law. He joined the staff of OTB in May 2010 and contributed a staggering 16,483 posts before his retirement in January 2020. He passed far too young in July 2021.


  1. michael reynolds says:

    I’m still waiting on the conversational equivalent. I want an “un-speak” function for the moment when you realize you’ve inadvertently said something to your wife that will result in hours and hours of painful, tedious conversation, the entire thrust of which is that you’re a thoughtless aszhole.

    Yeah, I’d pay good money for that app. I’d probably still have hair if I’d had that app twenty years ago.

  2. @michael reynolds:

    The person who invents that will be the world’s first trillionaire

  3. Hal_10000 says:

    Better version: the Gmail unsend feature automatically raises the time interval in proportion to your blood alcohol level.

  4. @Hal_10000:

    A couple years ago, they had a beta app where you would have to answer three questions of simple difficulty (math, language, etc.) before you could send an e-mail.