Apple Mail and Read Receipts

Mail read receipts are not supported by Apple Mail, and even in Microsoft Outlook 2011 for Mac. So, if you are sending an email requesting a read request receipt, Apple Mail and MS Outlook 2011 simply ignores them. However, you can set up Apple Mail to request for read receipts. Here's how:

  1. Open Terminal (Applications/Utilities/Terminal).
  2. Type (replace Your Name with your name and emailaddress with your email address)
  3. Quit and relaunch Apple Mail if it is currently open.
  4. To disable send read receipts, just type
If you want to be able to send/receive read receipt requests, I would recommend you use Mozilla Thunderbird as your mail client.

Although read receipts are generally supported across email systems, do not rely on read receipts for certifying mail delivery. This is due to the following reasons:
  • It doesn't tell you that the recipient read the message anyway, only that his email client received it. Therefore when you get the reply you may incorrectly believe that he read it when he hasn't.
  • Although read receipts generally work across email systems, you may sometimes get a receipt for an unread message or not get a receipt even though the recipient has read the message.
  • Not all Mail clients support Mail return receipt requests.
  • While some Mail clients can and will carry out the request, others will prompt the user and they can choose not to send it back.

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