How To Take Back A Text Or Email

Unsending messages – can it be done?

From sending an embarrassing text to the wrong person, to accidentally hitting “reply all” instead of “reply” in an email chain, we all know how frustrating mistakes like this can be. Sometimes, you just wish you could take it back and unsend your message. Well, there’s good news for users. Here are some hacks to help you reverse the damage of a text or email before it’s too late.

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Unsending a text

Unfortunately, your cell phone most likely won’t allow you to cancel a text you didn't mean to send, nor will it let you edit a text for grammar. Once it’s sent, it’s sent. However, there are apps available that might be able to rescue you from these frustrating situations. On Second Thought, for example, is an app for Android users that allows you to take back a text before the recipient ever sees it. Search the App Store or Google Play to find other apps that can help.

Unsending an email

Forgot to include an attachment in your email? Accidentally sent it to the wrong coworker? Luckily, some email service providers do offer ways to cancel a message before it completely goes through. If you have a Gmail account, for example, you can set up a 5- to 30-second grace period in which you’ll have a chance to review and cancel an email before it's sent. Here’s how to do it:

  1. Click settings
  2. Go to the General tab
  3. Scroll down until you see “Undo Send”
  4. Use the dropdown menu to select your send cancellation period

If you use a different provider, look through their help section or play around with settings to see if something similar is offered.

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