How to set a vacation responder in Gmail

If you’re planning to take some time away from work, it might be a good idea to set up a vacation responder: an automatic reply that goes out to anyone who emails you, letting them know you’re out of the office and therefore not checking email regularly. (It’s also a good idea to let them know in that email when you’ll be back.) On Gmail, it’s an easy thing to set up, and you can choose start and end dates for the automatic reply.

Although it’s called a vacation responder, you can customize it and use it for other things — for example, if you don’t check that email account very often or want people to reach you at a different address.

Here are all of the steps to follow.

How to set up your vacation responder:

  • Click on the cog icon in the top-right corner of the screen
  • Click “See all settings” at the top of the Quick settings sidebar on the right
  • Under the General tab, scroll down to Vacation responder
  • Make sure “Vacation responder on” is selected

Vacation responder settings

Here, you can write your message, format it, and select which days it goes out.

  • Enter the start date for the responder next to “First day.” To set an end date, check the box next to “Last day” and enter the date in the field that appears next to it.
  • You can add a subject line for the responder next to “Subject”
  • Type your vacation responder message in the box under “Message.” You can format it in the same way you would format a regular email.
  • If you don’t want the responder to go out to everyone who emails you (for example, all of the people sending you spam), you can check the box next to “Only send a response to people in my Contacts.”

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