I accidentally sent the wrong image in an email and it contains sensitive information. Is there a way to delete that file? I know the answer is going to be no because once the email is sent it goes to another server.

But if I have a Gmail account and the person I sent it to has a Gmail account could Gmail delete that file? I really wish Gmail showed a preview of attached files or let me preview the email before sending it.

After I sent it it showed the images inline in the Gmail conversation which is how I noticed it.

  • There is no way. You could ask that person politely, not to open the mail. :-)
    – Bibhas
    Commented May 17, 2012 at 8:27
  • What I ended up doing was just mentioning to ignore the last email I sent as I forgot to add something (tried not to make it a big deal). I mentioned it to my supervisor and they said not to worry about it. It happened to work out thankfully... Commented May 18, 2012 at 16:39

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According to the discussion here, there is no way to recall a sent email.


  • I would mention to future readers that Bibhas comment is also helpful Commented May 18, 2012 at 16:40

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