How to Setup a Gmail Vacation Responder
Creating a Gmail vacation responder is a good idea. You can go on vacation and not worry about responding to all your emails! This is good to use on a professional level as well as on a personal level. The second you don’t need it anymore you can just turn it off.
If you click on the settings button which is the wheel button on the upper right hand corner, you will see options to choose from there. Click the settings option.
Now you should be under the General tab in the settings section. Scroll down until you see on the left hand side it says Vacation Responder. It probably will have the circle checked that says vacation responder off. Lets change this and check the one under it to on.
Choose what day you would like the vacation responder to start and to end. In fact its interesting, there is a box to check if you want it to end. So if you never want it to end then dont check the box and put in a date. Not sure why anyone would want to do that though!
You should type a Subject mentioning that you are away. In the white box go ahead and type what you would like your vacation responder to be. This could professional or personal. You can add images and change the formatting of the text. Just type in the words and start playing around with the different icon options. After that there is an option below the white box that says only send a response to people in my contact. Check this box if you would your vacation responder to only be sent to the people in your contacts that send you an email rather than just everyone who sends you an email.
After you choose what you want your vacation responder to be, make sure you scroll down and press save changes. Even if you forget and try to go to something else, Gmail will give a pop up asking you if you would like to save changes so no worries if you forget.
Extra Things to Note About Vacation Responder
If that person contacts you again after four days and your vacation responder is still enabled, Gmail will send another vacation response to remind the person that your away from your email.
While the vacation responder is enabled, you’ll see a banner across the top of any Gmail page, displaying the subject of your vacation response. To stop Gmail from automatically sending the response, click end now within the banner. Or, if you’d like to edit the response, click vacation settings.
Your vacation response will start over each time you edit it if someone receives your initial vacation response, and then emails you again after you’ve edited the subject or body of the message, he or she will receive the edited response, too.
* Messages classified as spam and messages addressed to a mailing list you subscribe to will not receive a vacation response.