How to trace if someone had already read the email you sent

You might be wondering if there is any way on how to track whether someone already read your e-mail or not.
Some use cases for this is:

– you sent some documents that needs to be read by someone before a specified time, and you want to make sure they read it before that time arrived
– you want to make sure the e-mail you had sent is not in spam folder
– confirm when someone keeps denying that they haven’t read or received the e-mail
– you want to trace where the exact location the e-mail was read by the receiver

To tell to you, yes, those are all possible.

What you need to make it possible are:
– gmail e-mail account
– firefox or chrome browser
– RightInbox browser extension


Let me show you how it works,
at first, you need to install the “RightInbox” browser extension from here — http://www.rightinbox.com/install
then, after installation,
go to www.gmail.com
a dialog will be confirming that the RightBox extension you had installed is now ready.
It might ask some stuffs and authorization so that it can access your gmail account.

Now, click the “Compose” button on your gmail account,
you should see 2 new buttons, like this

Check that “Track” button thing
compose your email, then send it out.

Once the receiver had read/opened the email you sent,
you will be receiving a message like this

As you could see, it details the ff.

– time and date when the user read the email
– what IP and location did he read it

So now, you can confirm that the email you just sent was really read by the receiver!

Darwin Biler is freelance programmer specializing in CodeIgniter and WordPress applications. Aside from CI and WP, his secondary skills includes Java Server Faces, Couchdb, jQuery, J2EE, ActionScript and Visual Basic.Net. He is developing both desktop and web-based applications since 2009, dealing with clients both here and abroad.
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  • Crimson Biler

    Well done!

  • pasa

    how can you trace email actually sent to you on a particular date. i have yahoo. someone claims to have sent email on particular date which i did not receive

  • Peter

    Very true Darwin. I have managed to successfully use http://traceanemail.com/ to accomplish also. Some fresh ideas you have provided though.