The 10 easy ways to solve emails queued in Gmail

The 10 easy ways to solve emails queued in Gmail

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If you’re here chances are you’ve got an email stuck as ‘queued’ in Gmail and you’re wondering why Gmail is queuing your emails.

Emails queued in Gmail happen because something is preventing Gmail from sending your emails…

It’s either:

  • You’re having connectivity issues.
  • There’s a problem with your Gmail app.
  • Or you’ve hit email size or volume limits.

This post will show you a few things you can do to clear it, and most importantly, equip you with the fixes to stop it from happening again.

Let’s jump in.

Quick Fixes: Try these first to solve Gmail queued

Before we get into logging you in and out of Gmail, clearing app data, and checking for sync issues.

Here are 6 quick fixes that could help you solve queued emails in Gmail:

You’re having Gmail connectivity issues:

  • Check your 4G or WiFi connection. If your internet is unstable, Gmail can’t send your emails so they’ll fall into Gmail queued. Check all lights are working on your Wi-Fi router. And if you’re on mobile, check your Wi-Fi and Mobile Data are on.

  • Check the status of Google’s servers. It’s rare but even the giants can have issues sometimes. To see if it’s the case, check all the lights are green here.

Gmail attachment and sending limits:

  • Check the size of your Gmail attachment. If you’ve got an email with an attachment queued, your files could be too big. Google recommends if you’re sending files larger than 25MB, consider sharing a Google Drive file instead.

  • If you’re using a free Gmail account (or paid one) you may have reached the threshold. This means you’ll have to wait 24 hours until the quota renews, or consider using a mass-sending tool like Mailmeteor.

Potential problems with your device:

  • Is your version of Gmail up to date? If you’re using an old mobile, you might have an old version of Gmail. If that’s the case head to your app store and see if there’s an update. (You can head to the Play Store here and the Apple App store here.)
  • If you’re low on phone storage space, this can prevent Gmail from sending emails due to email and app storage requirements. You may need to free up some storage space.

Still no luck? Try sending queued emails from your desktop

If you’re short on time, one of the fastest fixes might be to try another device. If you’re on mobile, try Gmail from your computer.

3 ways to fix Gmail queued not sending on android devices

If you’ve successfully sent emails from your desktop or another device. Chances are Gmail queued emails are not sending from your mobile device.

If this is the case, don’t worry, it’s common. Here are a few ways to fix it:

1. Enable and disable Google Sync for Gmail

Sometimes your Gmail account might have sync issues with your mobile device causing emails to enter the queue. To fix this, try the steps below:

  1. Open the Gmail app
  2. Head over to ‘settings’ by tapping the three lines in the top left
  3. Then tap on the Gmail email you are having issues with
  4. From the provided options uncheck ‘Sync Gmail’ under data usage
  5. Then restart your phone
  6. Go back in and turn on Sync and see if it’s solved Gmail queued.

2. Force close Gmail, clear app data, and restart your phone

Sometimes the Gmail app can have data issues that cause the app to behave in strange ways. To refresh your app to clear your Gmail queued, try these steps:

  1. Go to settings on your android device
  2. Then go the ‘Apps’ from the menu
  3. Click ‘See all apps’ and find Gmail and open it (you can use the search)
  4. Click ‘Storage & cache’ from the provided options.
  5. Click ‘clear cache’ and** ‘clear data’** from the provided options.
  6. Then return to the previous app overview menu and click ‘force stop’
  7. Then turn your device off and on again
  8. Check your Gmail Queued

3. Make sure Gmail background data is enabled

If you’re out and about away from WiFi although your 4G is on. Gmail may not have access. To check here’s how to allow Gmail to use background data.

  1. Go to ‘settings’ on your device
  2. Then go the ‘Apps’ from the menu
  3. Click ‘See all apps’ and find Gmail and open it (you can use the search)
  4. Tap ‘mobile data & Wi-Fi’ and toggle ‘background data’ on.

Make sure Gmail isn’t in offline mode on your computer

Just like for Android devices, Gmail has an offline mode that could be enabled that’s preventing emails from leaving Gmail Queued.

Here’s how to turn Gmail online to clear your Gmail queued:

  1. Go to Gmail on the web here.
  2. Open the Gear icon in the top right corner of the window
  3. Click see all settings.
  4. Navigate to the ‘offline’ tab and make sure the settings are unchecked.

What you should do now?

Hopefully one of these fixes has gotten your email out of the queue.

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Want more ways to improve your Gmail game?

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Frequently asked questions about Gmail queued

Why is Gmail queuing my emails?

If you’re wondering why Gmail is queuing your emails, it’s either down to connectivity issues, problems with your Gmail app, or you’ve hit attachment or sending thresholds. Try the fixes in this article to sort it.

How long does it take for a queued email to send?

If your emails are stuck in queued, you may connectivity issues, Google sync issues, or hitting thresholds like daily email limits and attachment sizes. To clear your queue to try the 9 fixes in this article.

Will a queued email eventually send?

If connectivity, Google Sync, or attachment sizes are not the cause of the Gmail queued it could be you’re sending a lot of emails. Gmail has a daily limit and you may need to wait until the following day.

How to send a queued email in Gmail?

If you’re wanting to queue up follow-ups or schedule emails in Gmail you can do it from the drop-down next to the ‘Send’ button on your email. For a full walkthrough check out this article.

Video recap

If you prefer a more interactive and visually engaging format, we encourage you to take a few moments to watch the video below. While the article provides a comprehensive written explanation of the key points, the video offers an immersive experience that brings the content to life.

This guide was written by Harry Lawson, content editor at Mailmeteor. Mailmeteor is a simple & privacy-focused emailing software. Trusted by millions of users worldwide, it is often considered as the best tool send newsletters with Gmail. Give us a try and let us know what you think!

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