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Gmail: This is how you can retrieve or stop sent e-mails

Birgit Götz

When you were frustrated with your choice of words, you ran out of words or accidentally sent a text to the wrong person - but now the mail is gone and that could be embarrassing. But not if you retrieve the sent mail before the recipient can read it. We'll show you how.

EnlargeGmail: With return function for sent mails

You have sent a message with incorrect or missing information, inadvertently used the wrong recipient or, contrary to your usual habit, the politeness of the choice of words is lacking. That could be embarrassing or even cause real trouble.

Save yourself that by specifying in the Gmail settings that you can retrieve or stop an e-mail in an emergency. You can do this within a time window of 5 to 30 seconds - the recipient will then never see your message.

That's how it works:

Step 1: Sign in to your Gmail account. Click the gear in the top right and select Settings.

EnlargeIn the settings you will also find the return option

Step 2: In the settings under "General" you will also see the option "Retrieve e-mail" and the option to set your preferred callback period. Don't forget to click "Save Changes" at the bottom of the page.

EnlargeSet the time within which you want to stop or retrieve a mail - between 5 and 30 seconds are possible

Step 3: If you now send e-mails, you will also see the option to undo in addition to the sending confirmation. If you click on this option within the callback period you have set, the mail will not be delivered to the recipient.

EnlargeThe message has been sent - you will see the return option next to the confirmation of delivery

Step 4: In your case, this mail disappears from your sent directory and appears in "Drafts". Here you can revise your message, correct the recipient - or simply delete the mail completely.

EnlargeThe stopped message moves from your sent directory to the drafts - for revision or deletion

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