How to Set up an Out-of Office Reply in Gmail (Vacation Responder)

Quick and easy-to-follow guide for Gmail users

What is the Vacation responder setting in Gmail

  • Gmail allows you to set up an auto-reply when you cannot check your email to let people know you’re away.
  • Emails sent to your spam folder or addressed to a mailing list you subscribe to won’t trigger your vacation responder.

How to enable the Vacation responder setting step-by-step with images

Step 1

How To Set Up An Out-Of Office Reply In Gmail (Vacation Responder) - Step 1

Open Gmail and click the Settings gear icon in the top right.

Step 2

How To Set Up An Out-Of Office Reply In Gmail (Vacation Responder) - Step 2

Select See all settings.

Step 3

How To Set Up An Out-Of Office Reply In Gmail (Vacation Responder) - Step 3

Under General, scroll down to Vacation responder: and select Vacation responder on.

​Optionally, you can choose when it will start working and when it will get disabled automatically.

​Then type the subject and email body.

Optionally, you can specify that you only want to send it to your contacts or users in the organization.

Click Save Changes at the bottom after making any updates.

To turn off the Gmail Vacation responder setting

A banner showing the subject appears above your inbox when auto-reply is on. To turn off your vacation response, click End now.

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