Read confirmation in mail with Mail Track

In WhatsApp, you can see (if both parties have not disabled) if you have read your message. Wouldn’t it be handy if Gmail also had such check marks? The makers of Mailtrack found a special extension for reading confirmation in Gmail.

Installing a Mail Track

To install Mailtrack, search the Chrome Web Store for Mailtrack and click on Tree. to Chrome and then add Extension in the pop-up that appears. For most extensions, you are now ready, but Mailtrack requires another step: logging into your Gmail account. This is necessary because the extension adapts something to the mails you will send from now on (read more in step 2). Log in to your Gmail account and click Allow and click Sign up free. There is also a paid version (from approx. 5 euros per month), the free version contains advertisements.

Add the extension to Chrome and log in to your Gmail account.

Track mails

To use Mailtrack you don’t have to do anything yourself. Click Create to create a new email and Mailtrack adds a pixel to your email (and an ad: Sent with Mailtrack). This ad can be clicked out individually by mail, but it is so nice to leave it as the recipient knows that the mail will be followed. As soon as the recipient in question opens the mail, the pixel is automatically retrieved and Mailtrack knows that the mail has been read, from which you will receive a notification. A slight disadvantage: Mailtrack does not work if the recipient blocks external content or reads mails in text instead of html.

The advertisement tells us that your mails have been sent with Mailtrack, and that message doesn’t seem bad to us.

Mailtrack settings

When your sent e-mail is open, two checkboxes will appear and you will receive all kinds of notifications and also a report per day. That may be a lot of good, especially if you send a lot of e-mails. Luckily you can adjust this. In the upper right corner of Gmail, click on the Mailtrack icon (a green envelope with the word Basic) and you can adjust exactly what you want to get notifications of and whether you want to receive the report or not (and when then). This way you keep the system a little bit more comfortable for yourself.

Adjust the settings for a moment, otherwise you’ll get crazy about the notifications.


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