If you'll be away from your Gmail account, like on a vacation or without access to the internet, you can set up a vacation responder to automatically notify people that you won't be able to get back to them right away. When people send you a message, they'll receive an email response containing what you've written in your “out of office” autoreply.


Set up an "out-of-office" autoreply

  1. In Gmail, click Settings settings > Settings.
  2. Scroll down to the Vacation responder section.
  3. Select the Vacation responder on option.
  4. Enter the date range, subject, and message.
  5. (Optional) Under your message, select who to send the response to.
  6. At the bottom, click Save Changes.

Note: If you have a Gmail signature, it will be shown under your autoreply.

Turn off an "out-of-office" autoreply

If you’ve set a date for the vacation responder to end, it turns off at that time. Otherwise, when your vacation reply is on, you'll see a banner across the top of your inbox that shows the subject of your vacation response. To turn it off, click End now.