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.
Click the three dots and “Schedule send”
Choose a date & time
When you’re done, click “Schedule send”
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.