If you’re an avid Mac enthusiast, chances are you’ve already heard the big news – Apple is releasing its nineteenth version of macOS this fall, called macOS Ventura.
As expected, macOS Ventura is packed with new features that make “the things you do most on Mac even better.” These include richer search results, Spotlight quick actions, Safari passkeys, shared tab groups, a redesigned Game Center dashboard, and, of course, numerous mail enhancements.
One of the key email improvements included in the macOS Ventura package is without a doubt the Scheduled send feature. But is it worth the wait or should you go with Mailbutler’s Smart Send Later option instead? Read on to find out.
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Introduction to the macOS Ventura email scheduling feature
As the name suggests, Apple’s new Scheduled send feature allows you to schedule emails to be sent at a specific moment in the future.
The macOS Ventura email scheduling functionality gives you the freedom to compose messages whenever you want and send them later.
If you tend to work on your business emails late at night, this feature will help you avoid coming across as inconsiderate and unprofessional.
To schedule email sending in macOS Ventura, all you need to do is:
- Open the Mail app and log into your account
- Write a message
- Open the Send Later section
- Specify when you want the email to be delivered – you can choose one of the two fixed, directly accessible options (“Send 21:00 Tonight” and “Send 08:00 Tomorrow”) or set a custom delivery date and time
The macOS Ventura email scheduling feature allows for rescheduling. Plus, it delivers scheduled emails during your Mac’s “Power Nap” (while the computer is in sleep mode and connected to power).
However, the macOS Ventura email scheduling functionality doesn’t work when the Mail app is closed as well as when your computer is shut down or not connected to the internet.
How to schedule emails in macOS Ventura with Mailbutler
To schedule email for later delivery in macOS Ventura with Mailbutler, first you need to download and install Mailbutler.
With Mailbutler integrated into your Apple Mail inbox, you’ll have access to a powerful collection of features, including Smart Send Later.
And the great news is that there’s a 14-day free trial, meaning you can try out all of Mailbutler’s premium features before committing to a paid plan.
Once Mailbutler is up and running, you’ll be able to schedule emails directly within your Apple Mail inbox.
Here are the four simple steps you need to follow to schedule mail in the Apple Mail app:
- Open the Mail app and sign in to your account
- Compose an email
- Click on the Smart Send Later icon (a send button with a small clock attached) next to the regular send button, or click on the drop down arrow and select Smart Send Later. You can also switch from Apple Mail's email scheduling to Mailbutler's Smart Send Later in the dialogue box that opens after you click on Send Later
- Specify when you want the message to be sent by choosing a date and time
Unlike the macOS Ventura email scheduling functionality, Mailbutler’s Smart Send Later feature doesn’t require you to be online when the email delivery time comes. Your computer can be off and not connected to the internet and your message will still be delivered.
What’s more, Mailbutler’s innovative Recipient Optimized Scheduling option helps you boost your open rates and maximize your chances of getting a reply by recommending when to send your emails.
Mailbutler makes these suggestions based on the tracking data it collects for your contacts’ email addresses.
This feature is a must for anyone who uses email to communicate with colleagues and clients who live in different time zones or have different working hours.
But Mailbutler’s Smart Send Later feature does so much more. If you try to send an email outside of your own set working hours, it can automatically schedule your email to be sent at the beginning of your next working day. This means you always stay professional, and always send emails during the working hours of your recipient, maximizing your chances of having your email read, rather than lost in the daily barrage of emails.
Moreover, if you don’t want to send your message if your recipient has already emailed you, Mailbutler can automatically cancel the delivery of your scheduled email. This works even if you schedule an email to multiple recipients and just one of them replies. The message isn’t lost, though, meaning you can head into your scheduled folder and still make changes or reschedule your email to be delivered if you want.
Mailbutler also gives you push notifications letting you know about the status of your scheduled message, for example, if it gets automatically canceled or if its delivery was successful, and provides an informative widget in the Mailbutler Sidebar which gives you an overview of all your scheduled messages and their status.
Why Mailbutler’s Smart Send Later feature is better than the macOS Ventura email scheduling option
Mailbutler’s Smart Send Later feature beats the macOS Ventura email scheduling functionality for five main reasons:
- Mailbutler’s Smart Send Later feature works even when you’re not connected to the internet, while macOS Ventura doesn’t deliver scheduled emails if there’s no internet connection or your computer is turned off.
- With Mailbutler, your scheduled emails are temporarily stored in a special remote mailbox named “Scheduled,” which means you can check and edit your scheduled messages on other devices as well. The macOS Ventura email scheduling feature, on the other hand, temporarily stores your scheduled emails in a dedicated local folder called “Scheduled,” meaning you can’t access your scheduled messages on your iPhone or iPad.
- Both Mailbutler and macOS Ventura allow for rescheduling and unscheduling emails. However, macOS Ventura requires you to manually drag scheduled messages from Send Later to Drafts to unschedule and edit them.
- Mailbutler’s Smart Send Later feature remembers the last-used scheduling preset and date and time, whereas macOS Ventura doesn’t.
- Mailbutler’s Smart Send Later feature comes with a few extensions, the most important of which is the aforementioned Recipient Optimized Scheduling functionality. This innovative technology recommends when you should send your email based on when your recipient is most likely to be working on their emails. The other smart functionality mentioned in the section above helps you to stay on top of your email game and communicate more effectively by canceling redundant messages and showing you an overview of all your scheduled emails.
Is there a way to schedule emails on Mac?
Yes. Apple's Scheduled Send feature lets you plan emails to be sent at a specific time in the future. With the email scheduling feature in macOS Ventura, you can write your messages anytime and have them sent later. However, it's important to note that the macOS Ventura email scheduling only works when the Mail app is open and your computer is online.
This is where Mailbutler's Smart Send Later feature comes in very helpful. By installing Mailbutler, you can schedule emails right from within your Apple Mail inbox. With Mailbutler's Smart Send Later feature, you don't need to be online for the email to be delivered at the scheduled time. Whether your computer is off or not connected to the internet, your message will still be sent.
Here’s how to schedule an email in the Apple Mail app with the help of Mailbutler:
- Launch the Mail app and log in
- Write the email
- Click on the Smart Send Later icon or use the drop-down arrow and choose Smart Send Later
- Alternatively, you can switch from Apple Mail's email scheduling to Mailbutler's Smart Send Later in the pop-up that appears after clicking Send Later
- Choose a date and time for your email to be sent.
How do I schedule an email in Outlook for Mac?
Scheduling emails in Outlook for Mac is easier than in its Windows version, thanks to the easy-to-navigate drop-down menu. Here's how to use it:
- Compose an email in Outlook for Mac
- Choose your recipient
- Click on the drop-down arrow next to the Send button and select Schedule Send.
- Pick the time and date you wish to send the email, and click OK.
With Outlook for Mac, your scheduled email can still be found in the Drafts folder, allowing you to make any necessary changes. Additionally, unlike Outlook for Windows, Outlook for Mac can send your scheduled email at times when the app is not running on your device.
Mac users have plenty of reasons to look forward to the release of macOS Ventura later this year, but the email scheduling feature isn’t one of them.
Although useful and easy to use, Apple’s long-overdue Scheduled send functionality has numerous limitations.
The fact that your computer must be connected to the internet when the email delivery time arrives is its greatest downside.
Another significant weakness of the macOS Ventura email scheduling feature is the inability to view and edit scheduled messages on other devices.
Things are quite different with Mailbutler’s Smart Send Later functionality.
When you schedule email in the Apple Mail app using Mailbutler, your work ends the moment you hit the schedule button.
You don’t have to worry about whether you’ll be online when the email delivery time comes because Mailbutler’s Smart Send Later feature does its work even when you’re not connected to the internet.
And having peace of mind and forgetting about work for a while is the whole point of scheduling emails to be sent later, isn’t it?