How to Recall A Sent Email in Gmail, Yahoo and Hotmail?

Updated October 6, 2023

If you just sent an email but realized that it was not sent to the correct person or you just forget to mention the required message or for any other reason you want to recall a sent email then follow the steps below to successfully recall a sent email. Unfortunately with Yahoo Email system and Hotmail it is not currently possible to recall or undo a sent email. However with gmail it is possible and you can recall by following the steps below. You can alos read my yahoo vs gmail comparison post to know which one is more popular in terms of features.

How to Recall Sent Email in Gmail?

By default the recall or undo feature is turned off. You will need to first enable it from the setting. Once it is enabled you will be able to undo or recall a sent email. However let me tell you in advance that any email sent can only be recalled within the 30 seconds. If you took longer then that then you will not be able to recall it. So bear in mind that with gmail you can only recall a message within the 30 seconds of sending it.

Step 1:- Go to your Gmail Setting by clicking on the gear button at the top of the page.

recall sent emails gmail

Step 2:- Click on the “Labs” tab and scroll down. Tick the “Enable” option for Undo Send.

Labs Undo Send

The gmail will automatically reload and bring you to the Inbox.

Step 3:- Click again on the “Settings” and from the General tab scroll down to the Undo Send: option. Increase the “Send cancellation period:” to 30 seconds as highlighted in the screenshot below.

Enable Undo Send

Note:- Currently the cancellation period is from 5 seconds to 30 seconds.

To test the feature simply send test email to one of your other email address and you will see a confirmation status at the top of the inbox. You can click on the “Undo” button in the next 30 seconds to recall the sent email.

Undo Message

How to Recall Sent Email in Yahoo & Hotmail?

As mentioned earlier currently it is not possible with Yahoo and Hotmail Email System. Only gmail is offering this feature via the Labs which is a experimental feature that aren’t quite ready for primetime. They may change, break or disappear at any time.

Gmail offers several other features and here is a simple trick to automatically forward emails from one gmail to another. If you found this article helpful, don’t forget to share on social media.


  • al faruk

    how to recall back ?

    • Bilal Ahmad

      For which email provide? The process is already explained.

  • ~. unfortunately, it’s not possible in yahoomail! 🙁 and then I sent my personalized test banks to somebody and due to circumstances I was not able to be the reviewer and just, BOOM! I could no longer recall my test banks. I am just hoping that they would not use my hard-think reviewer questions.

  • kanhaiya

    This is very usepfull for me,.

  • I use gmail for many times and My primary contact id is also gmail. But I never know about this before. Recall send mail back is really that I need in some times. This is great features.. like it 🙂

  • Sachin Karpe

    New information for me. Thanks I wish yahoo and bing too follow this source. As officially many more emails are passed out from hotmail service.

    • Bilal Ahmad

      Sachin@ Yes Hotmail and Yahoo seriously need to integrate such feature.

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