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  1. In Gmail, click on that gear icon and go to 'Settings'
  2. Scroll down to the 'Vacation Responder' section on the 'General' tab.
  3. Make sure the 'Vacation Responder' is ON.
  4. Fill in the date range, the subject and the message you want to send back to the folks who send you mail.
    Unlike other mail programs, you can send this response back only to the people in your contact list or, if you use Google Apps, there's an option to send it to a whole group of people in your domain (such as TSBVI.EDU). This way, messages that are from groups or forums outside of your domain will not receive the "I'm out of the office" messages from you. 
  5. Don't forget to 'SAVE' changes.

You will see the messages sent to you while you are away in your inbox. People sending you email will receive your 'Out of Office' response until the 'Last day' that you defined in the date range.

For Android

  1. Open the Gmail App.
  2. Touch the hamburger menu Menu.
  3. Touch 'Settings' and choose your account.
  4. Touch 'Vacation responder'.
  5. Fill in the date range, the subject and type in the message.
  6. Switch OFF to ON at the top and then touch DONE.
  7. This will also sync with your desktop version of Gmail.


  1. Open the Gmail app.
  2. Touch the hamburger menu.
  3. Touch the gear icon.
  4. Switch 'Vacation responder' from OFF to ON.
  5. Choose Start and End dates, fill in the subject and message.
  6. Touch Save.