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Gmail might be getting scheduled emails: Here's how they work

Scheduled emails could allow you to send messages two minutes into the future, all the way to "less than 50 years."

Published onMarch 18, 2019

The Gmail app on a Pixel 2 XL.

Google has added quite a few features to Gmail over the years, but scheduled email functionality has been missing for the longest time. We might not have to wait too long though, as it looks like the feature is in the works.

A teardown of the latest Gmail APK (version 2019.03.03.238017425) by 9to5Google has indeed yielded references to scheduled emails. So how will it actually work?

You can apparently choose to schedule an email to be sent at least two minutes into the future, but the maximum length must be “less than 50 years.” It’s unclear if that means you can schedule an email to be sent 49 years into the future, or if the actual limit is significantly lower.

Want to cancel that scheduled message? Then users can indeed do so, according to the references, with the scheduled message appearing in your drafts. But the outlet suggests that scheduled messages can’t be cancelled if the sender is offline.

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Scheduling isn’t the only feature spotted in the new Gmail APK, as 9to5Google says the app will also gain more security functionality. More specifically, Google will allow security administrators managing your work account to prevent syncing if your phone doesn’t have device lock enabled.

These features join several other Gmail capabilities revealed in the last year or so. Other noteworthy additions in recent times include snoozing, nudging, and smart replies for desktop users. What else would you like to see in Google’s email service? Let us know in the comments!

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