After much anticipation, Gmail has released the ability to schedule an email to be sent at a later day and time. This is great for reminders, or if you really want to emphasize with your team that even if you’re working on a weekend they don’t have to. (Set it to Monday so they don’t even see it until they get into the office). Below are the steps for sending a scheduled email.
Gmail Browser Application
To send a scheduled email using the browser version of Gmail, start by creating a new email. Fill out all the usual information including subject, body, etc.
Instead of the usual way you send, use the triangle next to the send button to see the option to “schedule send”.
Clicking this will suggest a few times. Click any of these times to finalize your schedule or you can click “pick a date & time” and send exactly when you want it to.
If you choose to pick your own date an time a calendar will pop up. Click the schedule send button to finalize your date and time.
Your message is now scheduled to send at your selected time.
Scheduled Email Location
If you want to revisit an email that has been scheduled and not yet sent, Gmail has created a folder appropriately labeled “Scheduled”. This is located in the same place where you find other folders such as drafts and archive.
To cancel a scheduled email, click on the message and then click “cancel send”. This email won’t be deleted, and will instead appear in your drafts folder.
Gmail Mobile Application
This process is the same as above, but the location for the schedule options is in a different location and some of the visuals are different.
After you have composed your email click the 3 vertical dots to open the options.
You will have the option to “Schedule Send”. Click this to continue.
The Gmail app will suggest times and dates. The image below will pop up along with the option to select your own date & time.
If you tap any of the suggested options, your email will be scheduled and sent to your scheduled folder.
If you pick your own date & time, another pop up will allow you to choose a day off the calendar and the time from a clock.
Schedule email location (Mobile)
Just as above you can edit or delete a scheduled email. If you set up the schedule on the mobile app you can still edit or delete that email on the browser app and vice verse.
Find and open your scheduled folder.
Open the selected email. You will have the option to “cancel send”.
Once you click “cancel send” the email will move back into your drafts folder.
Scheduled emails or delayed emails in themselves are not new, so it is about time Gmail integrated this as a regular part of the app. They did what Gmail does best, which is to make it super intuitive and easy to use. If you’re a Gmail user, give this a shot next time you write an email at 3 in the morning and want the recipient to think you have normal sleeping patterns.
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