If you want to find out whether you email has been read, you'll need to turn on email read reciepts on your iPhone. They can be great if used for business, checking if people have received event invitations, or if you’re generally a bit paranoid.

They’ve been around for years, used blatantly by the likes of Microsoft Outlook and Mozilla Thunderbird who use a read-receipt tracking mechanism which only works if a read receipt is sent and the recipient choses to notify the sender.

Apple Mail doesn’t offer an in-built read receipt tracker, so to track who reads your emails and how long they look at them, it requires downloading an app. 

The apps provide a completely guarded way to check in-depth data about when, where and for how long your email was opened.

There are two main types for iPhone and iPad users: MailTracker and iTrackMail works with Gmail, Yahoo, Outlook and Mail.

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How to get email read receipts on iPhone or iPad: MailTracker

MailTracker can be downloaded from the App Store to your iPhone or iPad, and lets you send emails from your Mail app like normal using your previous address – whether it be Google, iCloud or Yahoo.

MailTracker shows how long a person reads your email, how many times they view it and the device and location they viewed it. The best part is, the person won’t even know. However, it does mention these features are not always available, and might not always accurate.

Viewing your own sent emails on different devices in Sent Mail or Threads/Conversations may trigger a false alert.

Once someone has read your email sent from Mail, MailTracker sends a push notification to your device, which will lead you to more information 

How to get email read receipts on iPhone or iPad: How to download MailTracker

Download MailTracker from the App Store and follow the installation process, which may take a few minutes.

It will ask you to choose which platform to use - Gmail, Yahoo, Outlook or iCloud.

You will be sent a verification email.

And prompted to disable your old Mail account in order to start sending tracked emails.

To disable your old Mail account, go to Settings, Mail, Contacts, Calendars, tap iCloud and disable Mail. MailTracker will give a step-by-step guide on how to do that.


Once you’ve opened MailTracker, it will let you send a test email first. 


How to get email read receipts on iPhone or iPad: How to use MailTracker

If you’re worried about getting inundated with notifications, then rest assured the app will not send another alert within 30 minutes of the first for the same message 

You can also mute certain people or change the alert sound to Silent. 

Within MailTracker, you can check your feed, starred emails and sent mail. 

Although the app is secretive, it does require you to essentially be using two apps – sending an email in Mail, and tracking it in MailTracker.