A Gmail email is sent. It may contain some important information for which you want to get the confirmation soon. But how can you make sure that it’s successfully delivered and read by the other party?
Sometimes the person who opened your email will respond to the queries or ignore it with one or another reason. If they postponed responding or decided to keep silent, you have no options left to ensure the delivery.
Popular instant messaging apps like WhatsApp and Messenger offer read receipts as a built-in feature. So you can easily track messages sent over them and know whether they’re read or not.
What about Gmail, the email service we use for personal and business communications?
Unfortunately, Google doesn’t provide read receipts as a built-in feature except for GSuite customers. So you have to use third-party browser extensions to turn on Gmail read receipts.
Gmail read receipts
Now we can take a look at the best browser extensions to turn on Gmail read receipts.
Boomerang is the most popular extension to enable Gmail read receipts. It supports several browsers including Chrome, Firefox, Safari, Opera, and Android.
Install and activate the Boomerang extension from your browser web store or official site.
After completing the initial setup, go to the Compose screen of your Gmail. It will show Boomerang menu options at the bottom.
Choose a recipient and type your message. Then, click on the ‘?‘ email icon to request read receipts from the recipients.
Boomerang will add a special note, “The sender has requested a read receipt. If you do not wish to provide one, click here” at the bottom. The recipient can deny read receipts by clicking on the link. If not, you can expect automated Boomerang emails with open receipts and link clicks.
Open email to find detailed reports of all your emails.
Boomerang premium is also available to track unlimited emails and turn on additional features. Pricing plans start at $4.99 per month.
Mailtrack is another powerful browser extension to get read receipts in Gmail. It supports leading browsers like Chrome, Firefox, and Opera.
Install it from the browser web store or official site.
After granting required permissions, open a new message window in Gmail. Compose an email as usual.
Unlike Boomerang, Mailtrack will automatically collect read receipts for all emails you sent even without the recipient’s permissions. They will see a tracking signature on emails but can’t reject it except in these situations.
Mailtrack will send you real-time email notifications that cover details like when the email is opened and from which device, etc.
Alternatively, you can visit the Sent folder to access tracking reports of each email. Mouse over the green color tick-mark to open a small pop-up box like this,
This extended report is useful to know how many times an email is opened and a link is clicked. Mailtrack also allows you to disable tracking in individual emails. For that, click on the double-tick mark button that appears next to the Send button. It will remove tracking signature from such emails and send them without spying on.
Mailtrack free has its own limitations. If you want to remove tracking signature and enable other advanced features, go for the premium version. It is available from $2.49 per month with an annual subscription.
Snov.io is a fantastic tool for marketers to track Gmail emails. It is free, easy to configure, and available exclusively for Google Chrome users.
Install and activate it from the Chrome web store or official website first.
On activation, it will divert you to the Gmail screen. A popup window will appear and seek your permission to activate read receipts on the connected email account. Click on Activate.
The blue-color tick mark on the top of your Gmail account indicates that email tracking is active there. Unlike other tracking extensions, it doesn’t add any signatures on tracked emails and uses some invisible code for the purpose. So the recipient will never know that it’s being tracked.
With Snov.io, you will receive instant push notifications when an email is opened or a link is clicked. It will also display statistics in your inbox prior to each email subject. Open those emails to view full tracking history in a sidebar window.
Snov.io email tracker is 100% free for unlimited accounts and emails. It provides all required features in the free version itself. So you should not go for a paid subscription to enable advanced features or business integration.
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