Gmail Web App Lets You Undo Unwanted Actions on Your Mobile
Article by George Norman
On 19 Apr 2011
The Google Mobile team announced yesterday that it has implemented a change that will make using Gmail on an Android-powered phone or iOS-powered device a more pleasant experience. Say you accidentally deleted a message and you want it back, or you put a label on a message and immediately afterwards you realize that it’s the wrong label. Accidents like this happen and when they happen they are never fun.

Sure, you could go to the Recycle Bin and restore the message you accidentally deleted, or you could change its label, but that is not an immediate fix. An immediate fix would be to implement undo capabilities in the Gmail mobile web app. That is precisely the change the Google Mobile team announced yesterday.


If you accidentally delete a message, add or remove a label, archive a message, or move a message/conversation, the Gmail mobile web app will display a yellow bar at the bottom of the screen. That yellow bar recaps your action and asks you if you would like to undo it. So if you accidentally deleted a file, the bar says “Deleted” and next to that text it displays a link that says “Undo.”

The yellow bar, explained Google, will stay in position even if you move to another screen, like from Menu to Inbox. It will not stay there forever though. It gives you a “small window of opportunity” to undo something you did not want to do. “Even just a few seconds is usually enough time to catch those annoying mistakes,” said Software Engineer Bryan Logan.

To get stated with the Gmail mobile web app, all you have to do is take out your Android or your iOS-powered device and go to

In related Gmail news, two labs meant to prevent embarrassing accidents and the option to create custom themes that feature your own images have been rolled out. You can read more about this topic here.

Tags: Google, Gmail, Android, iOS
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