How to unsend an email on iPhone, iPad, and Mac

How to unsend an email on iPhone, iPad, and Mac

Often we forget to include an attachment or add a CC when in a hurry. And we realize this only after hitting send. Well, worry no more. With the introduction of iOS 16, iPadOS 16, and macOS Ventura, you can unsend an email in the Mail app.

And I will show you exactly how you canunsend an email in the Mail app on iPhone, iPad, and Mac. Although, if you don’t use Apple’s default Mail app, this article will also help you undo emails sent from third-party mail clients like Gmail, Outlook, etc. So, keep reading.

Things to know: Most email services lend you up to 30 seconds to recall a sent mail. So keep that in mind.

How to undo a sent email in Mail app on iPhone running iOS 16

To recall sent emails on your iOS device, firstly, you must ensure that you have enabled the Undo Send Delay. For that, go to Settings → Mail → Undo Send Delay → Select your preferred time (10, 20, or 30 seconds). Now, let’s test:

  1. Open the Mail app.
  2. Compose an email and send it.
    An Undo Send button will appear at the bottom of the screen.
  3. Tap Undo Send. The Mail app would place the email in the outbox and won’t send it.

    How to undo a sent email in Mail app on iPhone running iOS 16

Now, you can add the missing attachment, message, or CC and then send the email again. What’s more iOS 16 also allows you to schedule your emails, neat, right?

How to recall emails in macOS Ventura

To turn on the “undo send delay” on your Mac: Go to Mail app → Menu bar → Mail→ Settings→ Composing→ Undo Send Delay → Select 10, 20, or 30 seconds.

Turn on the undo send delay on your Mac
  1. Launch the Mail app.
  2. Draft an email and click on send.
    An “Undo Send” option appears on the screen’s left side. 
  3. Click on the Undo Send option, and you will save yourself from falling into difficulties!

    How to recall emails in macOS Ventura

How to unsend an email from third-party mail clients

Most third-party mail clients, such as Microsoft Outlook, Gmail, and Spark, already provide an option to undo sent emails. If you’ve mistakenly sent an email and would want to recall your email, here’s what you need to do:

After hitting the send email button, you would be prompted with a pop-up at the bottom of the screen to “undo the message.” tap on it to recall your message. The process is more or less the same on all the mail clients in both the web app and mobile versions.

Unsend an email from third-party mail clients

Wrapping up:

That’s how you can unsend an email and save your selves some trouble. If you still have any queries left unanswered, shoot them down in the comment section below.

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