How to Schedule Emails on iPhone

You can schedule emails on your iPhone using the default Mail app without the need for third-party services. Plus, it works with any email address you want to add to your phone.

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RAYMOND OGLESBY @RaymondOglesby2
December 1, 2022

You can schedule emails on your iPhone using the default Mail app without the need for third-party services. Plus, it works with any email address you want to add to your phone. Let’s explore this feature in iOS 16+.

This is for the iPhone. Screenshots are from iPhone XR running iOS 16+

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iOS 16 Required

The ability to schedule email was added to the Mail app in iOS 16. If you do not see the option, make sure you have upgraded to iOS 16 under the:

Settings > General > Software Update

You can check your current software version under the:

Settings > General > About

Some third-party mail apps also offer this service (including Gmail for iPhone), but make sure you are in Apple’s stock Mail app if you are trying to follow these instructions.

Schedule Emails Using the Mail App

To schedule an email, first, launch the Mail app and tap the Compose button to start writing a new message. Once you have added a recipient, subject, and body to the email, you will notice the Send button (an upward arrow) turn blue. Refer to the below image:

Email 1
Compose your email

Next, to schedule the email, tap and hold the Send button. You will see a few options depending on the current time of day. See the below image:

Email 2
choosing the Send Later option

Now, we want to manually schedule the message. Tap Send Later… and enter a date and time manually. Hit Done to schedule the message. See the following image:

Email 3
Tapping Done to schedule your email

Next, you can always tap the Send button (without holding) to send the email immediately. And if you accidentally send an email when you meant to schedule it, you can tap the Undo option at the bottom of the screen within 10 seconds. Refer to the below image:

Email 4
Choosing to undo sending your email

Note! You can customize how long you have to undo sending an email under Settings > Mail. Inside these settings, you can choose between 10 seconds, 20 seconds, or 30 seconds.

Find Your Scheduled Email

Messages that have been scheduled will appear in a separate mailbox in the Mail app. First, launch Mail, then look at the top of the screen in the Mailboxes view.

Note! If you do not see a list of mailboxes, you are probably browsing a specific mailbox. You can use the back arrow in the top left-hand corner of the screen to get back to the main view.

Next, you should see the Send Later mailbox. If you do not, tap Edit in the top right-hand corner and tap the circle next to the Send Later inbox to enable it. Then, tap Done. You should now see the mailbox in your list. See the below image:

Email 5
Accessing your scheduled emails

Now, you can tap on the mailbox to see which messages are due to go out and the time they will be sent. See the following image:

Email 6
Viewing your scheduled email

Note! You are unable to edit a message once it has been scheduled. You will have to delete it and schedule a new one. To delete your email, swipe the message to the left and tap Trash.

Next, if you selected the scheduled email, you can tap Edit next to it to change the time the email will be sent. Refer to the below image:

Email 7
Notification on when the email will be sent

Warning! Be careful here, as tapping Edit will immediately change the scheduled time to now. That means if you hit Done instead of Cancel, your email will be sent immediately, with no option to undo it.

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