Gmail - mail sent to a list doesn't show in Inbox

Posted on Mar 11, 2015

We often get queries from Gmail users asking something like this:

“When I send a Simplelists email to my list I don’t see it in my Gmail inbox, even though I’m a member of the list – why is this and what should I do?”

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Why list emails don’t show in Gmail’s inbox?

The reason for this is that Gmail doesn’t put emails that you send to your own aliases in your inbox.

The official line from Google is:

"To prevent clutter, Gmail doesn’t route messages that you send to your own alias to your inbox. You can find the message in Sent Mail or All Mail. If you need to see messages sent to your alias in the Inbox, you can configure the alias as an alternate 'Send mail as’ address for your account."

You can see Google’s own help page related to this issue here.

What’s the solution?

The solution is simple - you can see your email by looking in either your 'sent mail’ or 'all mail’ folders. Note that if someone replies to your email through the list that the email will appear in your Gmail inbox - so you don’t need to worry about missing a reply.






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