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How to Schedule an Email in Gmail

Google announced that Gmail would natively support email scheduling in April 2019, and the feature became available on desktop and mobile about a month later.

Previously, you had to use a third-party add-on to perform this kind of basic scheduling. Fortunately, Gmail's feature is perfectly easy to use and offers a range of apps for scheduling work and personal messages. Maybe you're trying to talk to someone in a different time zone, nagging someone about an event, or just want to remind your future self of something. If so, schedule an email.

To schedule a message through Gmail in a desktop web browser, follow these steps:

  • Compose a new email
  • Click the triangle next to the blue "Submit" button
  • Select one of the suggested times or click "Choose date and time" to customize the exact time you want the message to appear
  • Click "Schedule Send"

The process is exactly the same in the Gmail mobile app. But instead of clicking part of the send button, when composing an email, you have to click on the three dots in the upper right corner of the screen. This will bring up the option to schedule a time.

Finding scheduled emails and canceling them is also easy. There is a new "Scheduled" folder on desktop and mobile. Simply click on a message in the folder and click "Unsend" at the top right of the window to stop sending a message. It will return directly to your drafts folder.

Update July 28, 2021 10:40 AM ET: This article was originally published on May 6, 2019; there are some minor tweaks to the intro, and some screenshots have been replaced to reflect changes to Gmail's interface.