Send Email Later with Scheduled Send

In a Tech Tip from 2019, John wrote about the awesome snooze feature in Gmail. This feature allows you to defer email and have it return to your inbox at a later time.

Today’s tip is in a similar vein, but this time it deals with delayed sending of your email.

Scheduled send is the name of the feature and it is built right into Gmail. It’s super easy to use!

Compose a message as usual, but instead of hitting Send, hit the drop-down arrow next to the send button and choose Schedule send.

You will then be prompted to choose a time when the email will be sent. In this case my options are Tomorrow morning, This afternoon and Monday morning.

If I don’t like any of these options, I can select Pick date & time to choose my own time.

Once you’ve confirmed a time, your message will go into a special Scheduled label and will be sent at the appropriate time.

I found this feature to be a lifesaver during the pandemic. Working from home allows you to be “on call” 24/7 and so I often found myself emailing late at night. In order to make sure that my emails are seen, I often scheduled them to send at 8:00 the next morning.

Click the button below to go to Google’s help page for the Scheduled send feature.