How to Know if Someone Read Your Email on Gmail?

You can request a read receipt on Gmail to know if the receiver has opened it or not, although this method can only be used by the ones using a Google workspace and not a personal account.

You can also turn on the delivery receipt to know if the message has been delivered to the inbox of the receiver. You can also use an image in an HTML mail to track the date and time of opening the mail by the receiver.

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The most recommended method which is no doubt the easiest of all is to use the Mailtrack tool. It’s an email tracker that shows tick marks to the sent emails in order to notify users if the email is delivered or just on spam.

There are a few methods that you can try in order to know if someone just has blocked you on Gmail.

In this article, you’ll be able to know the different methods to check if your mail has been opened by the receiver or not.

How to Know if Someone Read Your Email on Gmail

Here are the best methods to know if someone has read your email on Gmail:

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1. Allow read receipt:

You can request a read receipt on Gmail to know if someone has read your email that you’ve sent on his or her Gmail address. Users after sending emails often face confusion about whether the mail receiver has read the mail or not, mostly when there’s no reply from the receiver’s side.

However, if you allow read receipt to be kept on for your mail, you’ll be able to track if the mail has been read by the receiver or not.

After you Request read receipt, you’ll be able to view the status of your mail.

You should also note that Gmail read receipt requests cannot be applied to personal Gmail accounts. Only when the users are using a Google workspace, they will be able to use it.

Here are the steps to turn on read receipt for email:

Step 1: Open the Gmail account from where you want to see the email.

Step 2: You’ll need to click on Compose to start drafting the mail.

click on Compose

Step 3: Fill up the recipient and subject of your mail and then compose the body of the mail.

Step 4: But before you click on the Send button, you’ll need to click on More options which are located at the bottom right corner of the screen.

click on More options

Step 5: You’ll be displayed with the option Request read receipt. Click on it. 

Request read receipt

Step 6: Then click on the Send button to send the email.

2. Get a delivery receipt:

Delivery receipts can also help you track whether the receiver has received the mail in his or her inbox or not. Often the read receipt is called delivery receipts by people but both are vastly different. 

Read receipts let you know if the mail has been opened and read by the receiver, whereas the delivery receipts let you know the status of the mail i.e whether the mail has reached the inbox of the receiver or not.

Delivery receipts often help you to make sure that you’ve sent the mail to the correct mail address and it has been delivered to the intended user. It won’t let you know if the mail has been opened and viewed or not.

Even the delivery receipts can help you know other details about the receiver, therefore if you’re sending emails to a user or company about which you barely know, delivery receipts can help you know some more details. Information like company name and address, the full name of the client, etc can be known from the receipt too. 

3. An image in an HTML email:

An image in an HTML email

You can also use an image in an HTML email to find out if the receiver has opened the email or not. This is another technique that you can use to know if someone has read your email. This is a more reliable method that doesn’t need the approval of the receiver to let you know about the status of the sent mail.

You need to insert an image in the email, which needs to be very small and can be invisible too, for example, a small white square box. When the receiver opens the mail, it will record all the data and information. The recorded data would consist of the date and time of viewing the mail by the receiver.

To use this method, you need to perform the steps correctly or it can go wrong.

Here are the steps that you need to follow:

Step 1: You need to have a link to the image so that it can be accessible.

Step 2: Copy the link of the image that you want to upload.

Step 3: Next, on the app’s interface, click on the option HTML full linked.

Step 4: Then you’ll need to paste the link of your image in the HTML-based email.

Step 5: Next, you’ll need to select the source code icon and then enter the source code correctly.

You always need to check and test the HTML email before sending it as if the code goes wrong the whole method would become invalid and will not be able to show you the status of your sent mail.

You need to verify that the image you’ve inserted works properly so that it can track the status of the mail.

4. Using an Email Tracker: Mailtrack

You can use the email tracker named Mailtrack to know the status of your email. This is another method that is the easiest of all. The tool is free of cost and can be used to trace an unlimited number of emails.

The tool helps in sending follow-up alerts, merge mails and campaigns. It’s constructed with helpful features to ensure proper tracking of mails. It also allows the users to track the group emails individually to see their status for every receiver.

The follow-up email alerts remind the receiver to open the unread emails in the inbox. It’s used in mail marketing because of its bulk email sending feature. Even the tool supports link tracing to let the sender know when the receiver clicks on the link to open it.

The app also offers a tracking certificate which acts as proof for delivered mails. You’ll also be able to receive the daily reports about your account that include a summary of tracking activities conducted.

It supports both Android and iOS, therefore you can send the emails from the Gmail app on your phone to track them using the tool.

It also offers email and phone support.

Steps to use Mailtrack:

Step 1: First, install the Mailtrack tool on your chrome browser.

Mailtrack tool

Step 2: Next, you’ll need to connect your Gmail account to the tool by clicking on Connect with Google.

Connect with Google

Step 3: Provide all the details and grant the tool access to your Gmail account.

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Step 4: Next, you’ll need to click on Go to Gmail.

 click on Go to Gmail

Step 5: You can send mails normally as you do.

Step 6: Then, click on the Sent Mail folder to track all the sent mails.

 click on the Sent Mail

Step 7: If you see one tick mark, it means that the mail has been delivered but not opened by the receiver.

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Step 8: If you see two tick marks it means the mail has been opened too.

 see two tick marks

Next, you can point your mouse on the mails to see the number of times it has been opened.

The Bottom Lines:

This article explained all the best methods and tools you can use to see if someone has read the email that you’ve sent on Gmail. You can request read receipts to know if the mail has been opened by the receiver. You can also turn on the delivery receipt to check the exact status of your mail. Mailtrack tool which is an email tracker that allows you to track unlimited emails.

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