How to Confirm That an Email Was Read by the Recipient

By Johnathan Cronk

Read receipts are used in email correspondence to ensure the recipient has received and read the email. These are very useful in day-to-day business correspondence to ensure the proper person receives and reads the information that was sent. Read receipts are also beneficial in day-to-day personal use to make sure the recipient read the email. Whether you are emailing an important file, a resume for a job, a homework essay, or just pictures to share with the family, it’s important to know how to add a read receipt to your email messages.

Things You'll Need

  • Email
  • Internet connection

Step 1

Open your email client, such as Outlook Express, Yahoo Mail, etc. Compose a new email and type the email as you normally would.

Step 2

Add a read receipt to the email to ensure the recipient receives and reads the email. To do so, within the message go to the “Tools” option and click “Request Read Receipt”. The way to accomplish this varies for each email client, so refer to the "Help" section if needed.

Step 3

Send the email as you normally would. When the email recipient reads your email, you will receive an email notification.