Everyone’s experienced that gut-wrenching feeling when you realize an email sent to your BFF was actually sent as a reply to your boss–and there’s nothing you can do about it. Now, however, those #facepalm moments could be behind us forever, thanks to a long-overdue feature introduced by Google allowing gmail users to hit “undo send” and retract emails within 30 seconds after sending.
Yes, you read right: Accidental emails will disappear from the recipients inbox before they get a chance to read it—if you’re cognizant.
In the past, Gmail has been testing the undo send function under “labs” but now the feature is officially available under the general settings tab. The feature’s not automatically enabled, so follow these steps to turn it on, and avoid awkward email exchanges in the future.
- Click the gear in the top right of your gmail screen .
- Select Settings.
- Find the “Undo Send” lab and select the Enable Undo Send button.
- Select the timeframe you would like–you can undo sent messages for up to 30 seconds after they were sent.
- Click Save Changes at the bottom of the page.
Once the feature’s activated, any time you send a message in Gmail you’ll automatically be given an option to hit “undo” and retract the note. Now that’s a bit of technology news we can really get on board with.