How to Request Read Receipts for Emails You Send From Gmail

Quick and easy-to-follow guide for Gmail users

What are read receipts in Gmail

  • Read receipts are a way for you to find out if recipients read your emails. 
  • When you request a read receipt, recipients reading your email will be asked to confirm if they have read it.
  • If they do, the email will display a notification in your mailbox, telling you that it’s been read.

Is Gmail’s read receipts feature reliable

  • ​This feature may not always work, as it’s possible to get a receipt for an unread email or not to get a receipt at all for emails that recipients have read. 
  • It’s generally not recommended to rely on it.

How to ask for a read receipt in Gmail step-by-step with images

Step 1

How To Request Read Receipts In Gmail - Step 1

Open Gmail and click Compose or press the keyboard shortcut C to start sending an email.

The Keyboard shortcuts setting needs to be enabled for the shortcut to work.

Step 2

How To Request Read Receipts In Gmail - Step 2

At the bottom right of the New Message window, click the More options icon.

Step 3

How To Request Read Receipts In Gmail - Step 3

Select Request read receipt. 

This will enable it, and if you click More options again, you will see a checkmark next to it. 

Looking at the email you’ve sent in Sent mail, you will see that a read receipt has been requested.

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