Accidentally Send An Email On IOS 16? Here's How You Can Recall It

Accidentally Send An Email On IOS 16? Here's How You Can Recall It
The Mail app gives you a few seconds to cancel an email. Nelson Aguilar/CNET © CNET Mail gives you seconds to cancel an email. Nelson Aguilar/CNET

You just sent an email, but an error occurred You may have sent it to the wrong person or forgot to add an important attachment. Or it could be a serious grammatical error that you need to fix immediately. Whatever the reason, you definitely want the email to go back to your inbox and away from the recipient.

Fortunately, if you're using iOS 16 , you can now recover emails on your iPhone . The feature, which only works with the built-in Mail app, gives you a limited amount of time to receive a sent message, whether you're using iCloud, Gmail, Outlook or Yahoo.

If you want to learn how to recover emails on iPhone, here's what you need to know

Want to know more about iOS 16? Check out the best new iOS 16 features, plus these 9 secret iOS 16 features that surprised us .

Before attempting to delete an email

For this feature to work, you must use the Mail app to send and receive email. Unlike standalone third-party email programs like Gmail, Apple's built-in Mail app lets you manage all your email accounts from one place, including:

  • iCloud
  • Microsoft Exchange
  • Google
  • Yahoo!
  • AOL
  • perspective

To add your existing email account to Mail, open the Settings app and go to Mail > Accounts. Here you can add your account, which will then appear in the Mail app.

How to send email in iOS 16

In the Mail app, go to the inbox of the selected account (tap Inbox to see everything), then compose a new email. Compose your email as usual - add the recipient's email address, subject, body and any attachments - then click the blue button in the top right corner to send your email.

Once you've done that, you should go back to your inbox. At the bottom of the page, you'll see the blue text "Cancel Delivery" . By default, you only have 10 seconds to click this button to cancel the last email sent, otherwise it will be sent unexpectedly and you won't be able to recover it.

By clicking the "Cancel Send" button , you will be returned to your email where you can correct errors or add missing attachments and resend the email. As before, if another error occurs, you have 10 seconds to cancel the email.

While you're in the Mail app, you can recover emails sent through Gmail, Yahoo, and others. Nelson Aguilar/CNET © Powered by CNET While you're in the Mail app, you can recover emails from Gmail, Yahoo, and others Nelson Aguilar / CNET.

This gives you more time to cancel an email on your iPhone

The way the send function works is that instead of sending and then receiving the email, you have a buffer time between the email being sent and pressing the send button. As mentioned above, the default time is 10 seconds, but you can use your settings to increase this buffer.

In the Settings app, go to Mail > Cancel Send Delay , then choose a delay time:

  • outside of it
  • 10 seconds (default)
  • 20 seconds
  • 30 seconds

If you select Off, you won't be able to use the Send feature in the Mail app.

You have up to 30 seconds to cancel an email, but not by default. Nelson Aguilar/CNET © Provided by CNET You have up to 30 seconds to cancel an email, but not by default. Nelson Aguilar/CNET

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