4 Simple Steps to Enable Gmail Read Receipt

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how to add Gmail read receipt

The Internet has made communication much easier as more and more people are able to connect with each other at any place at any time.

Email allows people to send important messages to other people without having a wait for it to physically reach the recipient. Due to this, email has become the main form of communication among people for important documentation. While the newer form of communication apps such as Whatsapp and Twitter have made instant messaging possible many people prefer emails for formal business matters.

Gmail and its service

Gmail is an email service which is widely used due to its increased functionality. However, unlike instant messaging apps waiting for a reply on emails can be time-consuming and a hassle. While messaging apps like Whatsapp contain a feature of telling whether their sent message has been read or not, this functionality is not easily accessible in Gmail.

This article will help you by providing the instructions to set up your account in such a way that your email receipts also show read in case the recipient has read your email. This makes waiting for a reply no longer a problem as you now able to know that your email had been sent and has been read.

Enabling Gmail Read Receipt

Google only allows the option to enable Gmail read receipt for admin accounts. This means that only Gmail accounts which have been created for business purposes and are related to an organization can only enable this service. This means that people with “@gmail.com” can not access this option.

For people with a G-Suite account on Gmail:

  1. Log in to it using the Gmail app, Once logged in, to enable read receipt to compose a new email by clicking on Compose button.
  2. A new window for creating your email will now open. In this window, click on the downward arrow button next to the Trash icon. In case of a newer version, select the Triple dot icon.
  3. A small sidebar will open containing different options for the current email. Select Request read receipt and enable it.
  4. Now, the sent email will contain the time and date when the recipient opens your email.

Gmail read receipt

Read Receipt Limitations

Gmail read receipt has some limitations as you only get the receipt if the recipient wishes for you to see it. They get a confirmation message which confirms whether or not they want the sender to be notified.

Moreover, read receipt Gmail has to be manually enabled for each email which makes it quite a hassle and it is therefore recommended to you to use third-party software to facilitate you in enabling read receipt on Gmail.

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