How to enable e-mail read receipt on your Mac

The Mail mail client, which is natively preinstalled in the macOS operating system, is quite popular among users. However, by default, Mail cannot display a read receipt of an e-mail message. Nothing is impossible, however, and users often find a way to do many things. This also applies to read receipts. If you want to activate the read receipt in Mail, be sure to read this article to the end.

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  Pavel Jelič January 24, 2020 1

How to enable e-mail read receipt on your Mac

To activate the e-mail read receipt in Mail, move to Terminal. You can find it in the Applications folder in the Utility folder, or you can open it using Spotlight (the magnifying glass on the right side of the top bar or the Command + spacebar). After opening the Terminal, copy the command below:

defaults read com.apple.mail UserHeaders

Then enter it into the Terminal and press Enter. Most likely you will see the error The domain / default pair of (com.apple.mail, UserHeaders) does not exist. If you do not see this error, copy, paste and enter with the command below:

defaults delete com.apple.mail UserHeaders

If you see the error above, just copy the link below, but replace "Name" and "email address" with your information.

defaults write com.apple.mail UserHeaders' {"Disposition-Notification-To" = "Name" ";} '

After editing, the command can look like this:

defaults write com.apple.mail UserHeaders' {"Disposition-Notification-To" = "Pavel Jelic ";} '

Then press Enter to confirm the command. If you do not see any other error, you should then receive a confirmation in Mail that your emails have been read.

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If you would like to deactivate your e-mail read receipt, please copy this command:

defaults delete com.apple.mail UserHeaders

Then enter it into the Terminal and press Enter to confirm.

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1 Comment
  1. Doesn’t work. Seen this on a lot of sites. All I ever get is:
    Missing }.
    }’: Command not found.

    Obviously, no one who has written this article, or the articles on other sites, has ever actually tried the command!!.

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