Modified 10 May 2019 by Ian Weatherhogg

Be proactive and turn on your read receipts in Gmail to make sure your emails are getting seen

Before you try this tip: Request and return read receipts are only available for Gmail in G Suite and must be turned on by your admin. This feature is not supported in gmail.com (consumer) accounts.  


Here’s how to request a read receipt:

  1. Compose (or Reply to) a message in Gmail
  2. In the bottom right-hand side you’ll see three dots >  ’More options’
  3. Click the three dots ‘More options’ icon
  4. Click Request read receipt from the options
  5. Send your message as normal

Receipt requests will be sent to every recipient in the To: and Cc: fields. It does not send a request to recipients in the Bcc: field.

Once the message has been read you’ll receive an email telling you the date and time that your message was seen by the recipient.