How to Create Multiple Copies of an Email Draft inside Gmail

Written by Amit Agarwal on Apr 15, 2016

You have composed a draft inside Gmail and would like to send the same email message to multiple people, separately. The subject, the email body, the attachments remain unchanged and the only thing that differs in each message is the recipient’s email address. Maybe you are sending your résumé to multiple companies. How can you do this without having to copy-paste the subject and body of the draft message multiple times?

When you compose a draft email in Gmail and hit the Send button, the email is automatically removed from the Drafts folder and moved to the Sent Items folder of Gmail. Unlike Microsoft Outlook, Gmail doesn’t offer an option to create multiple copies of an existing email message.

Gmail Draft Emails Copy

Create Duplicate Email Messages in Gmail

There are two easy ways to create duplicate draft emails inside Gmail. You can either use Mail Merge for Gmail or, if you are looking for a more simple one-click option, use my new Duplicate Gmail web app written with Google Scripts.

Here’s how to get started.

  1. Open your Gmail mailbox, compose a new email message and save it as a draft.
  2. Go to labnol.org/duplicate and authorize the app to access your Gmail account. This is necessary since the app will read your Gmail drafts and create copies inside your Gmail account.

The Gmail clone tool works on both desktop and mobile phone so you can copy email messages on a mobile phone as well.

To quickly clone a message to send separately to someone else, select the source draft from the drop-down, then select the number of copies you wish to have and click the Create Drafts button. The copied drafts will include the complete contents of the original message, including file attachments and inline images.

If you would like to create more copies of the draft, reload the page and repeat the steps. Internally, the app uses the Gmail API to create drafts.


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