How to Schedule Emails on iPhone and iPad with Gmail

Dec 22, 2020 - 2 Comments

How to Schedule Emails on iPhone and iPad

Have you ever wanted to schedule emails to send later on your iPhone or iPad? This can be helpful if you’re traveling, or just to make sure you don’t forget to do send out an email on a particular date – whether a holiday, an anniversary, birthday, celebration, reminder, or otherwise. If you’re wanting to schedule emails from iOS or iPadOS, you’re certainly not alone, as this is something that could be quite useful. Fortunately, Gmail for iPhone and iPad allows you to schedule emails.

The Mail app that comes pre-installed on iOS and iPadOS devices are preferred by most users to keep themselves updated on their emails, whether it’s for work or personal use. Although it’s well integrated into the operating system regardless of the email service provider you use, it lacks some advanced features like email scheduling. As a result, most people resort to third-party email clients, in this case, Gmail. (Don’t forget you can also change your default email app on iPhone and iPad now too, so if you prefer the features of Gmail app in general that’s no longer a concern).

If you’re a Gmail user and you’re okay with using the GMail app email client for sending emails from your device, you’ll be scheduling emails in no time.

How to Schedule Emails on iPhone and iPad with Gmail

First and foremost, make sure you’ve installed the Gmail app for iOS and iPadOS. Even if you don’t use a Gmail address, you can import your existing email accounts to Gmail and use them with the app.

  1. Launch the Gmail app on your iPhone or iPad and sign in with your account.

    Gmail icon
  2. Head over to your inbox and tap on “Compose” located at the bottom-right corner of your screen to start composing a new email.

    How to Schedule Emails on iPhone and iPad
  3. Type in your message and enter the email address you want to send it to. Now, tap on the triple-dot icon at the top-right corner of your screen.

    How to Schedule Emails on iPhone and iPad
  4. Now, choose “Schedule Send” from the bottom menu as shown in the screenshot below.

    How to Schedule Emails on iPhone and iPad
  5. This will bring up a new menu where you have multiple options for email scheduling. To pick a specific time to send the mail, choose “Pick date & time”.

    How to Schedule Emails on iPhone and iPad
  6. Now, select the date and time for the email you want to send and tap on “Save”.

    How to Schedule Emails on iPhone and iPad

See, learning how to schedule emails with Gmail app is pretty easy, right?

As mentioned before, there’s no way to schedule emails using the native Mail app as of now, but perhaps that feature will arrive down the road in iOS and iPadOS. For now, using Gmail is your easiest alternative option. Of course, you’ll have to be a Gmail user, but since Gmail is widely used and freely available, that shouldn’t be a problem for many iPhone and iPad users.

It’s worth mentioning there are other third-party email apps available on the App Store like Spark that you can use for email scheduling too.

Accidentally scheduled an email? You’ll have a few seconds to undo your action right after you schedule an email. Or, you can do the same by heading over to the “Scheduled” section from the app’s menu and cancel one manually.

If you own a Mac and you use the stock Mail app, there’s a workaround that you can use to schedule emails. For that, you’ll be making use of the built-in Automator app to create a custom workflow and then add it as a custom event in the default Calendar app. You can learn more about this slightly complicated procedure for scheduling emails on Mac here if you’re interested.

Did you schedule any emails to send later automatically with Gmail? What do you think of this feature? Let us know your experiences, thoughts, and opinions in the comments.


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Posted by: Hamlin Rozario in iPad, iPhone, Tips & Tricks


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  1. Pierre says:

    the link: “learn more about this slightly complicated procedure for scheduling emails on Mac here” returns a 404.
    Can you update that link please?

  2. makemineamac says:

    Spark is so much better than Gmail for this.

    And it works on all platforms including desktop.

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