How to avoid accidentally sending emails in Gmail on Android

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One way to avoid accidentally sending emails in Gmail is to have Gmail display one last confirmation box before sending your email. Fortunately, Gmail’s Android app offers this option, and we’ll show you how to use it.

The way it works is that you enable an option in Gmail on your Android phone. When you then compose a new email in the app and press the send button, you will get a box asking for your final confirmation before your email is sent.

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Unfortunately, at the time of writing in August 2021, the ability to get a confirmation box is only available in Gmail for Android. Gmail’s iPhone and iPad app does not currently offer this feature.

Prevent sending accidental emails in Gmail

Start by launching the Gmail app on your Android phone.

In the Gmail app, tap the hamburger menu (three horizontal lines) in the upper left corner.

Tap the hamburger menu in the Gmail app.

Scroll through the hamburger menu, which opens all the way down. Then press “Settings”.

Press "Settings" in the Hamburger menu in the Gmail app.

On the “Settings” page, tap “General Settings”.

Press "general settings" in "Settings" menu in the Gmail app.

Scroll down the “General Settings” page completely. Then enable the “Confirm before sending” option in the “Action confirmations” section at the bottom.

Activate "Confirm before sending" in "general settings" menu in the Gmail app.

And you’re ready.

From now on, when you press the send button for your emails, Gmail will display one last prompt before sending your email. You will need to press “OK” at this prompt to actually send your email.

choose "Okay" in "Send this message" prompt in the Gmail app.

This smart feature should help you prevent you from accidentally sending the half-written and / or other emails that are not ready to be sent. Very useful!


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