Are you regretting that awkward mail to your boss right after you hit the ‘send’ button? Or how about those crazy and embarrassing lines to your crush? Then Google has just the solution for you – a brand new “undo send” feature in its popular Gmail that will allow you to cancel an email delivery as soon as it is sent.
More often than not, we write things without thinking them through and words once released are hard to take back. Professional awkwardness, emotional outbursts, misdirected, inappropriate and irrational mails result in some of our worst email nightmares. Google has finally taken cognizance of this fact and has unveiled a new feature from its Gmail experimental labs. An “undo send” button, which, when clicked within 30 seconds of hitting the send button, will cancel the delivery of that email.
In a statement, Google announced, “Previously a popular feature in Gmail Labs, and recently added to Inbox by Gmail, we’re adding ‘Undo Send’ as a formal setting in Gmail on the web. “‘Undo Send’ allows a person using Gmail to cancel a sent mail if they have second thoughts immediately after sending.”
The feature was first tested out properly when it was inserted into Google’s latest mobile-based email management app called ‘Inbox.’ Now, it has been made a standard safeguard or official feature and added to Gmail’s settings from this week unlike its past version where it was available but required extra steps to install and activate.
If you are a Gmail user, all you need to do is go to the General tab in Gmail settings, enable the feature and select the time from the drop down, the tool offers a window between 5 to 30 seconds, which ever time is selected (best set it at 30 seconds to give you a maximum window!) and voila, you have a way to avert a major email disaster.
Gmail, the most popular and widely used email service has been around for these past 11 years and now has more than 900 million accountholders all over the world. With the newest addition, Google might just see a spike in its popularity.
Caution is never overrated so think before you send and if one does manage to slip past, do hit the ‘Undo’ button before you land into hot, boiling soup!