Does Gmail support return receipt of an email ?

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This is not available using the usual web interface.

If you want read receipts you will have to activate POP3 access on your Gmail account and configure an email client that supports reciepts - such as MS Outlook, Outlook Express or Thunderbird.

If you want to stick with using the web interface you can sign up for ReadNotify this is a paid subscription service where by any email you send, you send it through their servers and they provide read receipts. They also provide other information and notifications.

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    Thanks, but through IMAP is working or must be only POP3 ?
    – EKK
    Commented May 6, 2011 at 8:53
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    @EkKosmos: It should work - the best way would be to test it out.Thanks Commented May 6, 2011 at 9:32
  • @Ek no doubt IMAP would work. IMAP and POP3 are ways to retrieve / sync your e-mails with your mail server. SMTP is the one that handles delivery (including amongst mail servers) and the one responsible for return receipts as well.
    – cregox
    Commented May 7, 2011 at 3:49

Spypig is free web service to do this but not always reliable.

Since support of read receipt highly depends on the receiving server/client. If the receiving server clients are not able to support it, then sender may never get a receipt. And we can not know before hand that the receiving server client will support this or not. This kind of feature is actually mostly used for the environment where receiving side is using the same server e.g. Microsoft Exchange Server.


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