How to Set a Vacation Response in Gmail

When you go on a vacation, the last thing you want to worry about is work. Keeping up with emails can be a chore, and can ruin what is supposed to be a relaxing experience. But you don’t want people to think that you are ignoring them, so it can be helpful to set up your Gmail account with a vacation response to let your contacts know that you’re away.

Our tutorial below will show you how to configure the vacation response in Gmail. You will be able to set the date range for the response, as well as create a subject and message that are sent automatically when you receive a message.


How to Set Up an Out of Office or Vacation Reply for Your Gmail Account

The steps in this article were performed in the desktop version of the Chrome Web browser. By completing these steps you will enable a vacation response from your Gmail account that will be sent to someone when they send you an email, letting them know whatever information you choose to put in the response. You can customize the response to only be active for a specific amount of time, and you can even choose to only send it to your contacts.

Step 1: Sign into your Gmail account.


Step 2: Click the gear icon at the top-right of the window, then select the Settings option.

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Step 3: Scroll down to the Vacation responder section of the menu. Check the circle to the left of Vacation responder on, then complete the First Day, Last Day, Subject, and Message fields. Be sure to also check the Only send a response to people in my Contacts if you would like to customize the response in that way. When you’re done, click the Save Changes button.

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