How to Unsend Email on iPhone or iPad

Sending emails from your phone or tablet is essential. If you make an error, you can quickly unsend an email from an iPhone or iPad using this guide.

Picture a time when you sent an email and wish you didn’t send it. Perhaps it included grammatical errors, forgetting an attachment, or sending to the incorrect contact.

We’ve all done it, and most email and social media services include the ability to recall or unsend the message. Luckily, if you’re running iOS 16 or above on your iPhone or iPad, you can unsend the message via the built-in Mail app.

Whatever the reason you need to unsend a message, here’s a look at how to unsend emails on an iPhone or iPad.

Setting Up Email on iPhone or iPad

Before you begin learning how to use the feature, there are a few things to point out. The amount of time you get to unsend the message is limited whether you use iCloud, Outlook, Yahoo, or Gmail accounts.

Unlike third-party standalone email apps like Gmail, the Mail app allows you to manage all email accounts from a central location. You can link iCloud, Microsoft Exchange, AOL, Yahoo, Google, and Outlook accounts. Also, the time you can unsend an email on your iPhone is 10 seconds by default. However, you can adjust that buffer, which we’ll explain below.

You can add email accounts to the Mail app by going to Settings > Mail > Accounts > Add Account. Choose the email service you want to add and follow the onscreen instructions. For more, check out our article on how to set up email accounts in the Mail app.

Unsend Email on iPhone or iPad

How to Unsend Email on iPhone or iPad

The ability to unsend an email comes in handy in several situations. And the good news here is you don’t need to use individual email apps for that functionality. Now, you can do it directly from the Mail app, provided the iOS Mail app supports it.

To unsend an email on an iPhone or iPad:

  1. Launch the Mail app on your iPhone or iPad.Unsend Email on iPhone or iPad
  2. Tap the email account you want to send an email from.Unsend Email on iPhone or iPad
  3. Tap the Compose button in the lower-right corner of the screen.Unsend Email on iPhone or iPad
  4. Now, compose a message like you normally would. Add a recipient, email address, subject, body, and any necessary attachments.Unsend Email on iPhone or iPad
  5. When the message is complete, tap the blue up arrow button on the top-right corner to send it.Unsend Email on iPhone or iPad
  6. Once you send off your message, you’ll be sent to your inbox and see the Undo Send message in blue at the bottom of the screen.Unsend Email on iPhone or iPad
  7. Tap Undo Send to return the email to the Mail app so you can make tweaks and adjustments to the body or add an appropriate attachment if needed. Select the up arrow button to send the email again.

How to Add More Undo Send Time in Mail App

When you initially see the Undo Send feature, it displays on the screen for 10 seconds by default. However, you can give yourself more of a buffer to unsend a message if you need it.

To increase the Undo Send time in the Mail app:

  1. Open Settings from your iPhone or iPad home screen.iPhone Automatically Delete Old Messages
  2. Next, swipe down and tap the Mail option from the list.mail settings
  3. Swipe down the screen to the bottom of the list and tap the Undo Send Delay option – note that it’s set to 10 seconds by default.delay time
  4. Choose the length of time you want to Undo Send notification to appear after sending an email. You can choose from 10, 20, and 30 seconds. If you don’t like the feature or it gets in your way, set it to Off.

Getting More from Mail App on iPhone and iPad

If you accidentally send an email, you can now recall it using the Undo Send feature on devices running iOS 16 and above. Since the Mail app is a central location for all email accounts, the feature will work regardless of the service, i.e., Gmail or Yahoo.

Whatever the reason you need to recall an email, the Mail app makes the process easy. Plus, if you need more time, increasing the buffer time to unsend is straightforward to configure.

If you’re new to the Mail app on iPhone or iPad but prefer a different one, you might want to change the default email app. If you’re a shutterbug and take several pictures, learn how to email multiple photos from iPhone.

Additionally, accessing your email on your phone is essential, and you might want to learn how to add an email account in iOS.

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