How To Schedule An Email In Gmail

In today’s fast-paced world, we often struggle to keep up with our busy schedules. Thankfully, modern technology has made it easier to stay organized and manage our time effectively.

One such tool that has become an essential part of our daily routine is email. However, with so many emails flooding our inbox daily, keeping track of everything can be overwhelming. This is where scheduling emails comes in handy.

In this article, we will explore how to schedule an email in Gmail, one of the world’s most widely used email services.

How To Schedule An Email In Gmail

How To Schedule An Email In Gmail (Website)

Most people prefer to use Gmail on their desktops through a web browser. Following the steps below will schedule an email in Gmail’s website version.

Step 1 – Open Gmail Through A Web Browser

The easiest way to access Gmail through your web browser is to use Google Chrome. 

Using Google Chrome, open Chrome and select the Gmail button at the top right of your screen (this is just one of many Chrome Shortcuts that can speed up your workflow, which is why I use it).

If you are not using Chrome, open your web browser and type into your browser’s URL bar.

Step 2 – Log Into Your Gmail Account

Log into your Gmail account using your username and password. If you don’t yet have a registered account, this Google guide will show you how to create a Gmail account.

Step 3 – Compose Your Email

Once logged into your Gmail account, start writing your email by clicking on the compose button at the top left of your screen.

A new mail window will open on the bottom right of your screen. Specify who your intended mail recipient is and what the subject of your email is, write the body content of your email and attach any necessary files to your email.

Step 4 – Schedule Your Email

Once you have composed your email and are satisfied with the contents of your email, click on the drop-down arrow located on the right-hand side of the “Send” button. Clicking on this arrow will reveal the “Schedule send” option. Click on “Schedule send.”

Step 5 – Pick A Time And Date

You need to specify when you would like your email delivered. The default options are “Tomorrow morning,” “This afternoon,” and “Monday morning .” If none of these choices apply to you, you can select “Pick date & time.”

Selecting “Pick date & time” will open a menu allowing you to specify the exact date and time your email will be sent.

Step 6 – Click Send

Once satisfied with the time and date, click the “Schedule send” button. This option will schedule your email to be sent at a future time and date.

Note: You cannot “back-date” emails to appear to have been sent on a previous date using the “Schedule send” function.

How To Schedule An Email In Gmail On Mobile

If you find yourself away from your desk more often than not, don’t fear, you can still schedule emails in the Gmail mobile app. Follow the steps below in order to schedule an email while you are away from your desktop.

Step 1 – Open The Gmail App

Step one is pretty self-explanatory. Open the Gmail app on your phone. You can do so through the Google Play Store if you have not yet downloaded the Gmail application.

Step 2 – Log Into Your Gmail Account

Once you’ve opened the Gmail app, you’ll need to sign into your Gmail account if you haven’t already done so. Enter your username and password and tap the “Sign in” button.

Step 3 – Write Your Email

Once signed into your Gmail account, write your email by tapping on the “Compose” button at the bottom right of your screen. Designate your email’s intended recipient, add a subject line and compose your email. Ensure that you have attached any relevant documents, images, or files. Now you are ready to schedule your email.

Note: You need to specify at least one recipient to schedule an email.

Step 4 – Schedule Your Email

To schedule your email, select the grouping dots to the right of the “Plane” icon at the top right of your screen. Tapping the three dots will expand the options menu, where you then need to tap on the “Schedule send” option at the top of the menu.

Step 5 – Choose The Time And Date

Once you’ve tapped on “Schedule send,” another menu will appear asking you to specify when you want your email delivered. The standard options are “Tomorrow morning,” “This afternoon,” “Monday Morning,” and “Pick date & time.” Select the option most appropriate to your needs.

If you select “Pick date & time,” another prompt will appear asking which date you would like your email sent on and what time you would like your email delivered.

Step 6 – Send Your Email

Now that you are satisfied with the time and date you want your email delivered, tap on the “Schedule send” button at the bottom right of the menu. Tapping this button will schedule your email to be delivered at the time and date you chose earlier.


Does Gmail Have a Desktop Version?

No. Gmail does not have a dedicated desktop application like many of its competitors. When this article was written, Google had not announced plans to develop a dedicated Gmail desktop application. A web browsing application is the only way to access Gmail on a desktop.

Can I Edit An Email Once I Have Scheduled It?

Yes, you can. Once an email has been composed and scheduled, a new tab will appear on the left-hand side of your Gmail interface, where you can review and edit any scheduled emails.

Will Scheduled Emails Send If My Web Browser Is Closed?

Yes, they will. The scheduling functionality of Gmail is not linked to your local machine or device. Gmail operates on a cloud-based system that independently delivers and receives emails regardless of the devices used to interact with Gmail.

Can I Check If A Scheduled Email Was Sent?

Yes, you can. Once a scheduled email has been sent, it will appear in your “sent” tab on the left-hand side of your Gmail interface.

Are Scheduled Emails Sent On Time?

Yes, they are. Scheduled emails are delivered at the precise time and date specified by the users and do not need user input from either the consumer or the company to send them.

Will Scheduled Emails Be Sent If My Phone Is Switched Off?

Yes, they will. Emails on your mobile phone are still scheduled on Google’s cloud-based email service and thus operate independently from your mobile device.

Do Gmail Recipients Know If Their Email Was Scheduled?

No, They do not. Recipients of the email only see the delivery date and not the date that the email was scheduled, nor are there any indications presented to the recipient that the email was scheduled in the first place.

What Happens When You Cancel A Scheduled Email In Gmail?

When you cancel a scheduled email in Gmail, the email returns to your “Drafts” tab, where it waits for you to input a new date or to send it immediately. You can review your email and revise it before choosing what to do next. The email will remain in your drafts folder until you update it.

Can Other Email Services Schedule Emails?

Yes, many other email services allow the scheduzling of emails. Apple Mail can schedule email, and Microsoft Outlook can also schedule emails; both of these Gmail alternatives are excellent choices if you are rooted in their ecosystems.

David Woutersen

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David is the founder of and has been in the social media industry since 2017. Since then, his mission has been to help others take control of their online presence. For some, this has been earning an income online; for others, it's teaching how to use social networks more effectively. And each year, he continues to help millions with strategy, troubleshooting, and inspiration.

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