How To Know If Gmail Was Read

Email communication is a vital part of our daily lives, whether for personal or professional purposes. Sometimes, you may find yourself waiting for a reply to an important email and wondering, “Has my email been read?” If you are using Gmail, there are a few techniques that can help you find out. In this blog post, we will guide you through these techniques.

Read Receipts

The first and most straightforward method to confirm if your email has been read is by using Gmail’s Read Receipts feature. However, this feature is only available for Google Workspace Edition users, which is the premium, business version of Gmail.

To use this feature, compose your email as you usually would and before sending it, click on the More options button (which looks like three vertical dots in the lower-right corner of the email composer). Then select Request read receipt.

Email Tracking Software

If you’re a regular Gmail user and you want to track your sent emails, consider using an email tracking software. Some popular options include Mailtrack, Yesware, and Streak. These services integrate with Gmail and allow you to see whether your email has been opened.

Once you’ve installed an email tracking software, each sent email will include a hidden tracking pixel. When the recipient opens your email, the pixel will notify the tracking software, and you will receive a notification in return.


Knowing whether your sent email has been read can be very useful in various contexts. Though Gmail doesn’t offer a built-in read receipt feature for regular users, utilizing an email tracking software can serve as an effective alternative. However, please remember to respect the privacy of your recipients and use these tools responsibly.

That’s all for this post. We hope you find this information helpful in your Gmail use. Stay tuned for more tips and tricks to optimize your email experience.