• Gmail is Not Sending Emails? Here are the Causes and the Workarounds

    | Updated on June 28, 2022

    Realizing one day that your Gmail account is not letting you send emails can be quite petrifying and before your start getting anxious and imagining the worst things happening to you, let me tell you this is temporary and you can fix this too.

    Many users have reportedly faced this error once in their lifetime when Gmail won’t send emails; however, this is not the worst; it is when you don’t know how to fix it.

    This guide will take you through the reasons for which Gmail is not sending emails including the workarounds as well as some faqs at the end to address frequently faced errors by Gmailians. 

    Why Gmail Won’t Send Emails and How to Fix That?

    If you are wondering “why can’t I send emails from my Gmail account”; give yourself the following reasons:

    1. Your Internet Connectivity is Poor

    Check if you are getting the bandwidth required to send a mail before you call it a major issue. Your Gmail messages won’t send and the email will get queued in Outbox if the network is not working properly. So checking your Wi-Fi is the most obvious step to take when Gmail is not sending emails.

    2. Gmail is Down

    Check if Gmail is doing fine or the server is down for repair or maintenance. At times Gmail can go down and you will find it not working. So, if you aren’t able to send emails, check Gmail’s server status at- https://downdetector.com/status/gmail/. If there are issues, wait for some time and then try to send an email from your Gmail account.

    3. The App is Outdated

    If you are getting the error in sending emails while using the Gmail app, you may haven’t updated the app in a while and are using the outdated version. Get the latest version from the play store and then retry to send an email.

    4. Browser is Full of Junk

    The browser you are using to log into your Gmail account and send email is full of junk files, caches, cookies, and history. You need to clear the browser at regular intervals to let it work flawlessly. 

    That’s all you can try to fix the issue if Gmail is not sending your emails. If this doesn’t help, here we have answered some popular problems faced by Gmail users while sending an email, check that out too.


    While accessing your Gmail account with a web browser, make sure to use the one with no extensions or add-ons installed. Also, ensure the VPN is off if you are using one; if you cannot send the emails from your Gmail account using your iPhone, you need to use the correct SMTP Gmail settings to be able to send an email.

    Gmail has certain limits when it is about sending emails. If Gmail keeps stopping you from sending an email or you have failed to send one even after making several attempts, chances are you have possibly consumed your daily email limit.

    For consumer Gmail accounts, the daily limit is 500 email messages while for Google Apps (G Suite) accounts, it is 2000.

    Also, understand that the email sending limit of Gmail is shared by all the user’s email clients, including web apps, software programs, SMTP clients, and add-ons that one could use to send emails from their Gmail account

    For instance, if you have sent 300 emails through the Gmail website, 100 emails through the Gmail app, and 50 emails through Outlook linked to your Gmail account, you will be left with only 50 emails for the day out of the 500 emails limit.

    If you have consumed the daily limit and are crossing it further, you may get an error message like “you’ve reached a Gmail limit for sending email” or “Oops.. the system encountered a problem”. It is also possible that Gmail may block you temporarily from sending emails and you may have to wait for some time to be able to send emails again.

    Whenever you receive a bounced email from [email protected] along with the error message “An error occurred, your message was not sent”, then chances are you have crossed the Gmail sending limit for the day.

    If this is the case, you cannot do anything except wait until your daily email limit gets restored.

    Apart from this, your message can also bounce if you have been sending too many emails to email addresses that don’t exist.

    If you are facing a Gmail error- “Message Rejected” while sending an email, it means Gmail has found your email to be suspicious. It can also happen when you have added a large number of recipients to your email.

    If you have set up Gmail in Outlook and are sending emails from there, make sure you have done the configuration in the right manner using the correct IMAP settings as well as the outgoing server settings must be accurate.

    Hopefully, by the end of this guide, you will be able to send emails from your Gmail account as usual.


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    Manpreet Kaur Sandhu
    Manpreet, an ardent follower of Neil Patel, Rand Fishkin, and Jay Baer, is working as an Editor, and Copyreader, with a total of 7 years of experience in multiple niches. She reviews and evaluates submissions from writers prior to publishing and makes the write-up reader-friendly.
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