As most readers here know, I am a big fan of Google and its suite of products. Well, to be fair, I am a big fan of stuff that works. Apple Mail works and has had Send Later options for years, as has Microsoft’s Outlook. I don’t remember if web-based Yahoo Mail offered the option as I cannot bring myself to go there anymore, but Zoho Mail and other web-based platforms offer the option. So, I’m grateful to see Google and Gmail offer this helpful option.
Here is my take on what they explained in their post this week:
It will launch for Android, iOS, and Gmail on the web. Sorry, Windows phone and Blackberry people. It is great that the majority of mobile and desktop users will get it at the same time. The feature will be on by default, although the company says you may see the Scheduled folder before you get the functional use of the feature.
The Schedule Send option is launching immediately, but most end users (that’s you and me) might not see it until April 15, 2019 or after. In the screenshot below, instead of only the Send button, you will see a little arrow (upward-facing triangle) next to the button. Once you click that arrow, the option the Schedule Send option appears and you can then click one of several suggested times or customize with “Pick Date and Time.”
Naturally, there will be a new folder that shows in the Gmail app or web-based version for your new “Scheduled” emails. You can go in and modify these as needed just like any other email.
Why would you need the ability to schedule time sent on email?
- You might want to schedule a whole bunch of friend and family birthday wishes, in advance (You are not a procrastinator; you are a “precrastinator”).
- You have a colleague in a different timezone and you want to be courteous (since they keep their phone on at all times and you don’t want to wake that person).
- You are a control freak (well, you probably are not using Gmail, then). No offense, folks, I’m in this bucket, but just had too many things lumped into the Google ecosystem and there was an extension that I used years ago.
Google’s G Suite team says it far more elegantly: “This gives you greater control, allowing you to shift your work time to wherever and whenever is most convenient to you and your recipients. Additionally, it’s even easier to collaborate globally, allowing you to work across time-zones while still respecting everyone’s digital well-being.”
You can read the full announcement blog p