Monday, September 20, 2021

How to schedule an email in Gmail

Google announced in April 2019 that Gmail would support email schedulers natively, and the feature was made available for desktop and mobile users about a month later.

Previously, you’d have to use a third-party add-on to do this sort of basic scheduling. Thankfully, Gmail’s feature is perfectly easy to use, and it has a range of applications for scheduling work and personal messages. Maybe you’re trying to talk to someone in a different time zone, nag someone about an event, or you just want to remind your future self about something. If so, schedule an email.

These steps will help you schedule a Gmail message in a desktop web browser.

  • Compose a new email
  • Click the triangle next to the blue “Send” button
  • Select one of the suggested times, or click “Pick date & time” to customize when exactly you want the message to go out
  • Click “Schedule send”

The process is exactly the same in Gmail’s mobile app. Instead of clicking the send button in the upper right-hand corner, click the three dots at the top of the screen to compose an email. That’ll bring up the option to schedule a time.

It’s easy to find scheduled emails and cancel them. There’s a new “Scheduled” folder in desktop and mobile. Simply click on a message in the folder and click “Cancel send” in the top right of the window to stop a message from being sent. It’ll go right back to your drafts folder.

Update July 28, 2021 at 10:40 ET: This article was originally published on May 6th, 2019; there are a few minor tweaks in the introduction, and some of the screenshots have been replaced to reflect changes in Gmail’s interface.

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