How to schedule email in Outlook app

You can schedule an email to send later, and in this guide, you'll learn the steps to use the feature in Outlook.

Outlook schedule email option
Outlook schedule email option

If you use the desktop version of Outlook with your Microsoft 365 subscription, or virtually any other version of Office, including Office 2019 and Office 2016, you can schedule an email to send it at a later time.

Although you usually compose and send an email immediately, sometimes having the ability to send an email later can come in handy. For instance, when you must email someone at a specific time, or if you have to email a person, but you’re now confident about the message, and you want a way to change your mind.

Whatever the reason it might be, the desktop version of Outlook lets you change the delivery settings to send emails at a specific time.

In this guide, you’ll learn the steps to configure delivery options to schedule an email to send later using the desktop version of Outlook on Windows 10.

How to send email on schedule using Outlook desktop app

To use Outlook to schedule an email, use these steps:

  1. Open Outlook app.

  2. Click the New Email button from the “Home” tab.

  3. Compose your message.

  4. Click the Options tab.

  5. Under the “More options” section, click the Delay Delivery button.

    Outlook delay delivery option
    Outlook delay delivery option
  6. Under the “Delivery options” section, check the Do not deliver before option.

  7. Choose the date and time to schedule and send the email.

    Outlook email send later option
    Outlook email send later option
  8. Click the Close button.

  9. Click the Send button.

Once you complete the steps, the message will stay in the Outbox section until the schedule you specified, and then it’ll send it automatically.

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Mauro Huculak is a Windows How-To Expert who started Pureinfotech in 2010 as an independent online publication. He has also been a Windows Central contributor for nearly a decade. Mauro has over 14 years of experience writing comprehensive guides and creating professional videos about Windows and software, including Android and Linux. Before becoming a technology writer, he was an IT administrator for seven years. In total, Mauro has over 20 years of combined experience in technology. Throughout his career, he achieved different professional certifications from Microsoft (MSCA), Cisco (CCNP), VMware (VCP), and CompTIA (A+ and Network+), and he has been recognized as a Microsoft MVP for many years. You can follow him on X (Twitter), YouTube, LinkedIn and Email him at [email protected].