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Gmail Message Tracking Overview
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Written by Nimble Customer Care
Updated over a week ago

Get valuable insights into the engagement of your emails sent through Gmail with our Nimble Prospector App, which provides open and-click tracking stats and notifications for messages sent to your recipients.

In this article, we'll walk through the steps of setting up open and click tracking and how to get the most out of the Prospect App.

To utilize this feature, you will need to have the Nimble Prospector App installed in Chrome. Learn more and download the app here:

Additionally, you will need to ensure that the option to "Display Nimble tracking and templates in Gmail compose window" is selected in the Settings >> Options for the browser extension, as shown below:

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How it works

Use the Prospector App to enable individual message tracking for opens and clicks via personal Gmail and Google Apps for Work accounts. This allows you to monitor and analyze the engagement of emails sent to your recipients, providing valuable insights to improve your communication strategies.

  • You can choose which messages you would like to track & receive notifications for

  • Once enabled, you will see a desktop or in-app pop-up notification when someone opens your email or clicks on a link in your tracked message

  • You will see the history of opens and clicks from within a thread

How To Track a Message

When in the Compose window, make sure the “Allow Nimble Tracking” button is checked to receive desktop notifications.

Once you receive notifications on a thread, you can see the history of opens and clicks on your message thread when it is opened in Gmail.

You will also see notifications for messages when you sign into your Nimble Web App, beneath the bell icon, and as a pop-up if you have this enabled in your Notifications Settings.

Learn more about Browser and Desktop notifications here

How To Turn Off Tracking

If you would not like to track an email, uncheck the checkbox next to the "Nimble" icon in the Gmail compose window. 

How to Mute Tracking Notifications

If you would like to mute tracking notifications after a message has been sent, click "Details" and then "Mute." 

You'll then be prompted to choose how long you would like to mute the message.

Selecting A Template

Save time by loading saved email templates from your Nimble account while in the Gmail compose window. Select the template icon to bring up a list of all of the templates you created within Nimble. To create new templates, go to your Email Settings in Nimble.

Enable Desktop Notifications

Go to Settings >> Notifications in your Nimble account and select the options to enable notifications for Message Tracking.
Please note: Desktop notifications are only available for Chrome.

You will need to double-check your Google Chrome settings to make sure you will be able to allow desktop notifications.

Go to chrome://settings/content/notifications and make sure that the option for "Ask when a site wants to allow notifications" is enabled.

Viewing Message Statistics and Notifications

When someone opens a message, you will see a pop-up on your desktop immediately after your recipient takes this action.

Can I track opens for multiple recipients in Gmail? 

We can only track opens for individuals in one-to-one messages sent via Nimble. For group messages via Gmail, we are only able to say that “Someone” has opened your message.

If you would like to see differentiated open-and-click stats for your recipients, we recommend using our in-app Group Messages functionality. Learn more here

If you have any questions, please write us at, initiate a chat from this FAQ, or join one of our Nimble Onboarding and Best Practices sessions, held every weekday at 9 AM PT.

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