How to Send an Email at a Specific Time on iPhone (iOS 16)

The new Send Later feature lets iPhone users schedule an email to send at a specific time in the Mail app.

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I tend to feel inspired to respond to emails during inappropriate times, like during a work meeting, which is why I love the option to schedule an email even though I've already written it. Another reason to schedule sending an email is if you promised to remind someone of an event or task and don't want to forget. I'll teach you how to use the new Send Later feature!

Related: Can You Schedule a Text Message on iPhone? Yes!

Why You’ll Love This Tip

  • Send out emails at a more appropriate time, no matter when you wrote them.
  • Keep your promise to follow up by scheduling an email to send right away before you forget.

How to Schedule an Email with the Send Later Feature

To set an email to Send Later, you’ll need to have iOS 16 installed on your iPhone. Next, you’ll either need to find an email to respond to or write an email from scratch. For this example, I will create a practice email to send to myself, and I suggested testing out this feature by doing this as well. For more great new iOS 16 tips, check out our Tip of the Day newsletter. 

  1. Open the Mail app.

    Open the Mail app.
  2. Create a new email (or find and open an email, then tap reply).

    Create a new email (or find and open and email then tap reply).
  3. Select a recipient, type a subject line, and draft your email. Tap and hold the send button until a drop-down menu appears.

    Tap and hold the send button until a drop-down menu appears.
  4. You’ll see several pre-set delivery times. To send it at a custom delivery time, tap Send Later….

    To send it at a custom delivery time, tap Send Later….
  5. Use the calendar to select a month and date.

    Use the calendar to select a month and date.
  6. Tap the time to select the time and time zone.

    Tap the time to select the time, and time zone.
  7. Tap Done.

    Tap Done.
  8. Once you schedule an email to Send Later, you will see it in a folder called Send Later. To see it, tap Mailboxes.

    Tap Mailboxes.
  9. Next, tap Send Later.

    Next, tap Send Later.
  10. If you open the email, you can tap Edit to change the delivery date and time.

    If you open the email, you can tap Edit to change the delivery date and time.
  11. You can also tap Cancel Send Later. If you do this, you’ll still have to tap the send button to send the email. 

    You can also tap Cancel Send Later.

Pro Tip: In order for your email to Send Later, it will have to be connected to the internet at the time of sending. The recipient will not be aware that the email was scheduled; it will be delivered like a regular email.

Now you know how to schedule sending an email to send at a later time of your choosing using the Mail app! Next, learn how to unsend an email after you’ve already sent it or how to set up a reminder to respond to an email at a more appropriate time.

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Olena Kagui

Olena Kagui is a Feature Writer at iPhone Life who lives in Hawaii. With a BA in International Relations from Anglo American University, Olena traveled the world. She has lived in Ukraine, the Czech Republic, China, and the USA. Olena won an excellence award for a controversial article, got a grant to blog from a war-zone, and published a short fictional story. She hopes to publish a full-length novel and continue writing up a storm on her blog The Travel Bug Bite! When she’s not typing or flying, she is loving on animals, crafting bizarre creations, and devouring all-you-can-eat sushi.