How To Recall An Email In Outlook On Mac

Have you ever sent an email and immediately wished you could take it back? Maybe there was a mistake, or perhaps it was sent to the wrong person. Whatever the reason, you’re not alone. With Microsoft Outlook on Mac, it is possible to recall an email. In this article, we’ll explain how to do that.

Recalling an Email in Outlook on Mac

Recalling an email simply means that you’re trying to delete the email you sent from the recipient’s inbox or replace it with a new one. However, it is important to note that this feature works best when the recipient is also using Outlook and is within your organization.

Steps to Recall an Email in Outlook on Mac

Here’s how to recall an email in Outlook on your Mac:

Step 1: Open the Sent Items Folder

Firstly, you need to navigate to the “Sent Items” folder in your Outlook application. This folder contains all the emails you have sent.

Step 2: Open the Email You Want to Recall

Next, find the email you wish to recall and double-click on it to open. Remember, you can only recall an email that has already been sent.

Step 3: Navigate to the “Message” Tab

On top of your opened Email, you will see the “Message” tab. Click on it.

Step 4: Click on Actions

Find the “Actions” menu in the navigation bar. It is usually located in the ‘Move’ group.

Step 5: Recall the Email

Click “Recall This Message”. You will have two options: “Delete unread copies of this message” or “Delete unread copies and replace with a new message”. Choose the one that suits your needs. Then click “OK”.

Things to Keep in Mind

Recalling an email in Outlook doesn’t always guarantee success. The success of email recall highly depends on the settings of the recipient’s Outlook. If their Outlook is configured to automatically process meeting requests and responses, then the recall process might not be successful.

In addition, if the recipient isn’t using Outlook, you won’t be able to recall the email. Also, if the recipient has already read the email, it cannot be recalled but can only be replaced.


Now you know how to recall an email in Outlook on Mac. It’s a handy feature for those ‘Oops!’ moments when you’ve hit send too soon. However, remember that it isn’t fail-safe and depends a lot on the recipient’s email settings.