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Lifehack: How to delay the delivery of email messages

e all have experienced an email blooper at some point, whether it was sending a message to the wrong person, forgetting to attach a file, hitting reply to all unintentionally, or just regretting the language used in a message in a moment of passion. The good news is that Gmail and Outlook have features that allow you to delay the delivery of email messages. Giving yourself a few extra seconds to react may prevent you from saying “Oh No!” next time you hit send. Here’s how:

HuskyMail (Gmail)

Originally developed in 2009 as a Gmail Labs (experimental feature), this feature has officially been available for over six years.

  1. In the web-based version of your Gmail account, click the gear in the top right gear and select Settings.
  2. Scroll down to “Undo Send” and click Enable.
  3. Select the send cancelation period of your choice (seconds), which means the amount of time you have to decide if you want to recall an email.


  1. Scroll to the bottom of the page and click Save Changes.

Note: If you don’t click “Undo” within the time limit you set, your message will be sent. Additionally, “Undo Send” may not work if you experience connection issues.

Microsoft Outlook

  1. On the tools menu, click Files, and then click Rules and Alerts.
  2. Click New Rule and then select Apply rule on the messages I send and then click next.
  3. In the Step 1: Select conditions, select all the options that you want and then click next. If you do not to select any conditions, a dialog box appears. Click Yes and the rule will be applied to all messages you send.


  1. In the Step 1: Select actions, select defer deliver by a number of minutes.
  2. In the Step 2: Edit the rule, enter the number of minutes for which you want the message to be held before sending.
  3. Click OK, and then click Next.


  1. Select any exceptions you want and click Next.
  2. Specify a name for this rule, select Turn on this rule and click finish.