Schedule Send Date/Time for Draft Emails Automatically Sent at a Future Time
I have another email service that allows users to schedule draft emails to be sent at a specified date/time in the future. Once the draft is complete, the email is automatically sent at the future specified date/time, unless that draft email is deleted/replaced prior to the send date/time. The draft email can either reside in an existing "draft" folder or a separate "outbox" folder (as distinguished from "draft" that does not have a scheduled send date/time).
Different Emphasis from Similar Postings:
I noticed a number of other similar postings, however, I wanted to provide this new posting to possibly emphasize something more than what I saw emphasized in other similar postings: closely related general delivery options. I would suggest ProtonMail allow every draft email to have a drop down menu that provides the option for selecting "Delivery Timing" using a calendar display for selection of a date and a time field to select/enter a corresponding time on that selected date (time should be clearly set for a selected time zone, e.g., CST or GMT, to reduce possibilities for confusion on timing). Again, whenever "Delivery Timing" options are selected, the draft email can then reside either in the existing "draft" folder or in a newly appearing "Outbox" for any pending emails to be sent at a future date/time. The other email service I use provides a range of closely related general delivery options to also include:
-- "Message Priority" (Low, ******, High);
-- "Private" (to help prevent email forwarding, if clients support that);
-- "Return Receipt" and
-- "Delivery Timing" (previously addressed)
I recommend ProtonMail make these general delivery option menus accessible via one additional icon next to the existing row of icons on draft emails for "Attachments," "Encryption" and "Encryption time." The icon could be a clock next to a letter (just a suggestion), since "Encryption time" already uses a clock icon.
I don't believe other similar postings emphasize these closely associated general delivery Options. I have previously given this other email provider feedback on perfecting their services in other areas (with different providers having different strengths/weaknesses), but this is one particular feature they have had for a very long time that I believe provides an excellent example to follow.
I want something that I can write a 2am but delay email delivery until next day around 10am
I often need to send an email in the morning that I am writing the night before, or send on monday that I am writing during the weekend. It would be great to have my be able to write my email ahead of time. That way instead of having to be worried about forgetting to send an important email from drafts, It will be sent automatically
Should have implemented it instead of vanity features like 'chat' :/
Scheduled E-Mail delivery is a critical and basically have-to for any serious E-Mail provider. Especially from a business point of view there are a multitude of situations where such functionality is needed.
For private use, there also cases where this would be great. Just imagine an E-Mail with kind words to someone you want to read him/her at the right time but are unable to send it due to <?>.
[Deleted User] commented
@lonestar007 - "'dead-man' safety" for whistleblowers...
I never thought of it that way - funny and brilliant!
I also agree ProtonMail rules are effective at helping to ensure no one is ever in need of a "dead-man safety" :-)
This will help everyone in a lot of ways. Eg: wishing a friend or your clients happy birthday, when you schedule it for the day!!
This will change totally Protonemails future. there will be a more users
@ Luk16v31 - Well thought out. I like the idea.
@ Anonymous - In my mind the term "email campaign" sounds very much like "spam" which is already not allowed under protonmail rules. This idea could be used as a "dead-man" safety for wistleblowers.
[Deleted User] commented
In response to the question: "So you want a free email campaign functionality?"
>> If this is considered high demand and/or highly valuable, ProtonMail could make this part of their paid packages, but excluded from the free basic service. Also, while one might technically be able to conduct what some might call a rudimentary email campaign, using this basic functionality, I believe anyone strictly seeking to conduct email campaigning would seek services that are wholly dedicated to that goal.
So you want a free email campaign functionality?
I'd definitely want this.
I would be willing to pay for this feature. Helps with basic deniability by allowing one to be some where else when the e-mail sends or arrives. In addition the alert/fail-safe feature mentioned on August 21, 2017.
Is this getting done or not? 2 years is a long time to plan it!
Yes, please add a schedule feature.
As ProtonMail is highly secure, it means that people with a need for security are using this service.
Need for security means:
In case I get killed/kidnapped/etc. I want to automatically release an email to several people.
The most reasonable way of doing this is to have an email sent automatically after a certain period of time unless I (the user) resets the timer (days).
Redundant Topic : https://protonmail.uservoice.com/forums/284483-feedback/suggestions/7158412-schedule-emails-in-advance
Better keep it under 1 topic as an organized suggestion.
As a random person from the field of CS, I can surely tell that having this feature as planned for ~2 years and not even moving it in your active backlog as "started" is not reasonable. If you are not planning to do it for the next 2 years, you shouldn't be marking it as planned.
Please update us in terms of this feature and share the knowledge.
I have also thought about this over the years. So many aspects that would make future sent e-mails great.
Louisa Sitala commented
Yes, please! It is all part of being organized. Thank you for all that you've done, are doing and will do! :) YOU'RE AWESOME!!!
Do we know when this is planned for?
Erik Kolb commented
There ist a service for Gmail called "Boomerang", which allows different options to send E-Mails later. A similar solution built into Protonmail would provide great benefits and make the email service stand out from others even more.