How to Schedule an Email in Gmail (Desktop and Mobile)

How to Schedule an Email in Gmail (Desktop and Mobile)
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Gmail is a free email service that was launched by Google sixteen years ago on the 1st of April, 2004. It is both a mobile and web application that is fanning the waves of electronic mail-communication worldwide. Gmail is in over 105 languages, one of the most used globally.

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It’s with no doubt that the easiest way to save time is scheduling work. We are at times too busy to catch up on different tasks in real-time. That’s why planning ahead is so important. I already know what am supposed to do tomorrow at 10:00 am, why not do it now, schedule it, and boom the next day it’s automatically posted.

COVID-19 has cut short physical meetings, which means that the use of email as a means of communication has pivoted. Businesses, individuals, you must be receiving tons of messages in your Gmail account in case you have any. The good news is that we no longer need third-party tools to schedule emails. On the 1st of April 2019, Google announced that Gmail would natively support email scheduling. You can even choose to use this feature as a reminder to your future self.


Here is how to schedule an email in Gmail

1. Web-version

Schedule your Gmail emails on the web app

  • Open your favorite browser to access the Gmail web version on
  • Click or tap the “Compose” tab to write a new email
  • Fill in all the required fields;
  • Click the upside-down small triangle next to the blue “Send” button. It shows “More send options”
  • Click on the pop up of “Schedule send
  • Select one of the suggested times, or click “Pick date & time” to customize when exactly you want the message to go out
  • After selecting the time, the email message will automatically be scheduled.
  • Email scheduling in Gmail
  • Email scheduling in Gmail

2. Mobile version

Schedule your Gmail emails on the mobile app

  • Download the Gmail app on Google App Store or App store
  • Install, launch and open the app.
  • Write a new email and fill in all the necessary fields
  • Instead of tapping the send button tab, select the three dots in the top right-hand corner of the mobile screen. That’ll bring up the option of Schedule send.
  • When you click on it, it will pop up with options of times to schedule. You can also choose a custom date & time and finally you schedule an email in Gmail.

After scheduling your emails, your message/s go to the “Scheduled” folder. This Scheduled folder can be found on the side panel.

In case you change your mind and want to re-schedule or unschedule, you can stop the message from being sent by clicking “Cancel Send” in the scheduled folder and they will be saved in drafts automatically.

You can also schedule replies to an email.


Content scheduling is helping us do away with third-party tools of recent. And this isn’t limited to Gmail, there are very many platforms that are buying this productive idea. Learn how to schedule content on your Instagram business page too. Our ears are still on the ground to receive more of your feedback, so hit us up anytime.