Sent Vs Delivered

Email communication has become such an integral part of our daily lives that we often take it for granted. We write our messages, hit “send,” and trust that they will reach their intended recipient in a timely manner. But what happens when they don’t? When we receive notifications that say our emails are either “sent” or “delivered,” what do these terms actually mean? Is there a difference? And how do we handle situations when we don’t receive a response? In this article, we’ll explore the differences between “sent” and “delivered” emails, and what to do when you don’t get the response you’re expecting.

What does “Sent” mean?

When you compose an email and click on the “send” button, your email goes through a process called “sending.” This means that your email is packaged up and sent across the internet to your email provider’s server. From there, it is routed to your recipient’s email provider’s server, and eventually, to their inbox.

When your email status says “sent,” it means that your message has left your email provider’s server and is on its way to your recipient’s email provider’s server. However, just because it’s been “sent” doesn’t mean that it has reached its destination yet.

What does “Delivered” mean?

When an email status says “delivered,” it means that your message has reached your recipient’s inbox. That doesn’t mean that they’ve read it yet or even opened it. It simply means that it’s in their inbox, waiting for them to open it.

Unlike “sent” status, “delivered” status doesn’t always show up automatically. Sometimes, you have to request it by enabling delivery receipts in your email settings. If you don’t request a delivery receipt, you won’t be notified when your email is delivered.

What’s the difference between “Sent” and “Delivered”?

The main difference between “sent” and “delivered” is that “sent” status means that your email has left your email provider’s server, while “delivered” status means that it has reached your recipient’s inbox.

When you see “sent” status, you know that your email is on its way, but you won’t know if it actually reached your recipient’s inbox until you receive a “delivered” status notification. It’s important to note that just because an email has been “sent” doesn’t mean that it will always be delivered. Sometimes, emails get lost, blocked, or marked as spam along the way.

Why would an email not be delivered?

There are several reasons why an email might not be delivered to its intended recipient, even if it has been sent. Some of the most common reasons include:

– The recipient’s email address is incorrect or outdated
– The recipient’s inbox is full
– The email was marked as spam by the recipient’s email provider
– The email was blocked by the recipient’s email provider
– The recipient’s email provider experienced technical difficulties

What should I do if an email hasn’t been delivered?

If you’ve sent an email but haven’t received a “delivered” status notification, there are several steps you can take:

1. Double-check the email address. Make sure that you have the correct email address for your recipient.

2. Check your spam folder. Sometimes, emails get marked as spam even when they’re not. Check your spam folder to see if your email ended up there by mistake.

3. Resend the email. If you’re sure that the email address is correct and that the email wasn’t marked as spam, try resending the email.

4. Follow up. If you still don’t receive a response, follow up with your recipient. They may have missed your email or be experiencing technical difficulties on their end.


Q: Can an email be both “sent” and “delivered” at the same time?

A: No. When an email is sent, it is on its way to the recipient’s email provider’s server. It is not considered “delivered” until it reaches the recipient’s inbox.

Q: If my email says “delivered,” does that mean that the recipient has read it?

A: No. When an email status says “delivered,” it simply means that it has reached the recipient’s inbox. It doesn’t indicate whether or not the email has been opened or read.

Q: How reliable are email status notifications?

A: Email status notifications are generally reliable, but there are times when they may not be accurate. For example, delivery receipts may not be sent if the recipient’s email provider doesn’t support them, or if the recipient chooses not to send them.


Email communication has become an integral part of our daily lives, but it’s important to understand the difference between “sent” and “delivered” emails. Knowing the difference can help you manage your expectations and follow up appropriately if your email hasn’t been received. Remember to check your email settings to ensure that delivery receipts are enabled if you want to be notified when your emails are delivered.