Gmail could be about to get a new email scheduling feature

Whisper it, but Gmail isn’t perfect. Google has been working to eliminate its shortcomings, but a particularly big one still remains: without third-party browser extensions or spreadsheet jiggery-pokery, you can’t schedule emails.

But that looks like it’s going to change, and hopefully soon. Poking through the code of the Gmail Android app package, Android Police has found references to a menu labelled ‘Schedule Send’, suggesting that this omission may be fixed sooner rather than later.

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If you’re scratching your head and wondering why anyone would want to schedule their emails, then you probably don’t care too much about the news, but there are certainly good reasons for it.

You may have announcements to make at a certain time or on a particular date, for example, or you might need to send a timely email when you know you won’t be near your phone or a laptop.

Hopefully, that won’t be a problem for too much longer, although stray lines of unused code pulled out of an app are hardly as reliable as a press release.

In other words, this may never be fully implemented – although it’s a pretty good indicator that the firm behind the Google Pixel 2 is at least entertaining the idea.

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If you feel slightly disappointed at this mild reality check, there are ways around Gmail’s current scheduling limitations. The third-party browser extension Boomerang, for example, adds scheduling without breaking the familiar Gmail interface.

Or if you prefer not to install strange browser extensions, and prefer to do things the hard way, you can always use this script to schedule emails from Google Sheets.

Is scheduled email something you care about, or would you prefer Google to be looking at other improvements? Let us know by tweeting @TrustedReviews