You Can Finally Unsend an Email! (And Everything Else New in Gmail's New App)

November 16, 2016

If you’re an iPhone or iPad user and haven’t given Gmail’s iOS app a try yet, I highly recommend downloading it for free from the App store.

If you are a current user, you’ve probably noticed that it looks a little different this week.

In addition to a more colorful, brighter interface and cleaner looking icons, there are a few features that make this a worthwhile upgrade – including the ability to unsend an email.

Undo Send

Immediately after sending an email, at the bottom is a new Undo button that allows you to undo sending an email. Tapping the button will send you back to the draft form of the email where you can revise it, or if you’ve thought better, delete it entirely.

Undo send must be enabled in the web browser version of Gmail first, and you can also set the delay period though it appears to only work on the web version. The iOS feature remains at a five-second delay to undo send. Click the gear icon to scroll to Settings, find the Undo Send feature, and place a check mark to enable it.

Swipe to archive or delete

Another new feature of Gmail on iOS is the ability to smoothly and quickly swipe to archive or delete an email. You can swipe either way and the choice does not change.

Based on your settings in the Gmail app itself, you’ll find that the response times are snappy and much improved in this new version.

While the iPad version still does not have a dedicated iPad app, you can still use this new iPhone version on your iPad to see these changes across all your devices.

If you haven’t tried it out yet, I highly recommend it. If you are a Gmail user, it’s a huge step up from the native iOS mail app, and if you were a previous Android user, you’ll be familiar with this new interface as it now closely matches what you are used to.

Jess Stratton has taught more than 40 courses for LinkedIn Learning, covering everything from QuickBooks to Outlook to PowerPoint to Twitter. Check them all out here.