Gmail is the leading webmail provider for good reason: It continually improves its user experience and features. This April, Gmail just released its latest feature and perhaps its most useful one to date: Send later. Yup, that’s right, you can now compose emails whenever is best for you and schedule to send them at the time of your choice. This “send later” feature was made popular by the Gmail-add on called Boomerang, but now you can do it right within Gmail without any add-on.
Here are the important things to know about Gmail’s latest feature “Send Later:”
- Gmail’s latest feature works on Android, iOS (11.0 is required) and Gmail for the web
- Admins of GSuite do not need to take any action to install the feature- it’s already there
- The “Send Later” feature allows you to schedule when your email will leave your outbox, but unlike Boomerang, it won’t return your email if the email went unopened, unreplied, unclicked or regardless. So it has not made Boomerang obsolete (yet!).
How to use the Gmail feature “Send Later:”
1. If you’re using webmail, make sure your browser is up-to-date. If you are using iPhone, make sure you are running iOS 11.0 or later.
2. Hit “Compose” to open a new message
3. Write your message, add your recipient, and go to the “Send” button
4. Hit the arrow to the right of the “Send” button and select “Schedule send”
5. Pick a predetermined time from the list or schedule a specific time
6. Your scheduled email will sit in the “Scheduled” folder until it’s sent
Top 3 Ways to Use Gmail’s Latest Feature “Send Later”
Great for Night Owls
If you like to work in the wee hours of the night, say 12am-4am, this feature is for you! Now you can keep your vampire hours and no one will be the wiser. Simply schedule your emails to send in the morning, and you’ll look like the early bird instead of the night owl.
Being Sensitive to Time Zones
It’s common to work with people across different time zones. But the trick is to be sensitive to your remote workers’ or colleagues’ schedules. Sending an email at 3 PM in your time zone might result in your employee receiving an email at 3 AM. Now you can work on your schedule and schedule your email to be mindful of others’. Simply calculate the time difference and schedule the email delivery for the recipient’s morning (or whenever they prefer to receive email).
Sometimes your work schedule runs ahead of someone’s deadline. Let’s say you have a client who wants your response at a specific date and time, but you rather complete the work earlier. No problem! Simply work on your schedule, write the email, and schedule it to send at the time that your client requested. That way, your client will know when to expect the email even if you’ve completed it way ahead of his or her schedule!
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