It can be frustrating to see emails stuck in your Gmail Outbox, especially if they are urgent. Here are several methods you can try to fix the issue:

Basic troubleshooting:

  1. Refresh: Sometimes, a simple refresh can clear the issue.
    • On desktop, try clicking the refresh button or pressing F5.
    • On mobile, swipe down on the Outbox folder to refresh.
  2. Check internet connection: Ensure your internet connection is stable and functioning properly.
  3. Disable offline mode: If you’re using Gmail offline, it may cause emails to get stuck in Outbox.
    • On desktop, click the settings gear icon and choose “See all settings” > “Offline” > uncheck “Enable Offline Mail.”
    • On mobile, tap the three-line menu button, select “Settings” > “Offline” > disable “Offline mode.”
  4. Check for attachments: Verify that your attachments are not too large. Gmail has a size limit of 25 MB per attachment.
  5. Clear your Gmail cache and cookies: Outdated cache and cookies can sometimes lead to issues.
    • On desktop, use the keyboard shortcut Ctrl + Shift + Delete to open the “Clear browsing data” window. Select “Cached images and files” and “Cookies and other site data,” then click “Clear data.”
    • On mobile, the steps may vary depending on your device and browser.

Advanced troubleshooting:

  1. Force send:
    • On desktop, right-click the stuck email and choose “Resend.”
    • On mobile, tap and hold the stuck email and choose “Resend.”
  2. Forward the email: Try forwarding the stuck email to yourself or another recipient.
  3. Compose a new email: Copy and paste the content of the stuck email into a new email and try sending it again.
  4. Check for third-party integrations: If you use any third-party apps connected to Gmail, they might be causing the issue. Try disconnecting them and see if that resolves the problem.
  5. Contact Google Support: If none of the above solutions work, you can contact Google Support for further assistance.

Additional tips:

  • Report the issue: Use the “Report spam or abuse” option on the stuck email to report the issue to Google.
  • Use a different browser: Try sending the email from a different browser to see if that helps.
  • Check for malware: Run a malware scan on your computer to ensure it’s not infected with any malicious software affecting your Gmail functionality.

By trying these methods, you should be able to fix the problem of emails stuck in your Gmail Outbox. If the issue persists, contact Google Support for further assistance.