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How to Easily Send Email to Undisclosed Recipients in Gmail

Want to send an email to undisclosed recipients in Gmail?

We’ll get to that later, but first why send email to undisclosed recipients?

Whenever you send emails to multiple recipients via the “To” field in Gmail, each recipient can see the email addresses of all other recipients.

Though unintentional, it exposes the email addresses of the recipients. And, this could lead to malicious email if spammers find your mailing list. Thus, you want to use the “Bcc” (Blind carbon copy) field instead to send an email without showing an email address.

So, in this article, you’ll learn how to send emails to undisclosed recipients in Gmail.

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How to Send Email to Undisclosed Recipients in Gmail

NOTE: You’ll have to include yourself as the primary recipient as we cannot send emails without a recipient in the “To” field.

Step 1: Compose an email

First, log in to your Gmail account and click Compose to create an email.

Compose an email

Step 2: Enter your email address as undisclosed recipients

Type “Undisclosed recipients” in the “To” field followed by your own email address inside angle brackets.

For Example, Undisclosed recipients <[email protected]>.

You can simply type your address in the “To” field, but recipients will see that you’ve sent an email to yourself.  We don’t want to do that, do we?

Enter your email address as undisclosed recipients

Step 3: Click Bcc field

Click the Bcc option which is right beside the Cc. Doing this will open a field for Bcc.

Click Bcc field

Step 4: Enter recipients email in the Bcc field

In the Bcc field, type the email addresses of the recipients. You can simply hit the enter key, space key, or use comma to separate multiple addresses.

Enter recipients email in the Bcc field

Step 5: Send email

Then, enter your email subject, type in your message, and press Send.

Done! With this method, you can send email to undisclosed Gmail recipients.

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Benefits of Using Undisclosed Recipients

There are plenty of reasons to use undisclosed recipients but the main benefits of using undisclosed recipients are:

Maintain privacy: It helps to maintain the privacy of recipients by hiding their email addresses.

Avoid spam: Sending an email to multiple recipients via the “To” and “Cc” field might redirect your email to spam. So, you would want to use undisclosed recipients to avoid this.

Avoid Mass Reply-all: Recipients in the Bcc field can only reply to the addresses listed in the “To” field and “Cc” field. So, this is a great way to send an email, if you want to void reply-all chain emails.

Stay away from spammers: If spammers find your mailing list, they can send spammy, malicious emails to these addresses and even track them. So, hiding protects your email recipients from spammers.

Why Should You Avoid Bcc?

As we’ve discussed earlier, there are benefits of using undisclosed recipients but it is not appropriate for some situations.

Improper for formal conversations: Recipients cannot see the details of other recipients but they will know that they are not the only recipients. This could lead to decreased trust in your correspondence. You should avoid using Bcc for formal emails.

Can’t personalize email: One of the major problems with the Bcc is that you won’t be able to personalize the emails. You should only use Bcc if you’re sending generic emails that don’t target particular personnel.

Frequently Asked Questions

What happens if someone replies to a Bcc?
A recipient can only reply to the addresses used in the “To” and “Cc” field. So, if someone replies to a Bcc, then the reply will be sent to the primary sender and recipient in the “Cc” field.

Can Bcc email recipients see each other?
No, the Bcc email recipients cannot see each other. All the recipient’s addresses in the Bcc field will be invisible.

Can you reply all on a Bcc email?
You can only reply to the main sender and the recipients in the “Cc” field. If you press reply all, replies will be sent to both and if you press reply, the reply will be sent to the primary sender only.

Can I send an email with only Bcc?
No, you cannot send an email with only Bcc. You must include and email address in the “To” field of the email.

Is there a limit on Bcc recipients?
There is a limit to how many addresses you can enter on the “Bcc” field. It is based on the amount of text so it may vary but you could send emails to over 50 people on average. If you add email addresses past the limit, the email will fail and will not be delivered.

TIP: If you send messages to the same group of people, typing in all of their email addresses each time you want to send an email will be a pain. So, you should consider creating an email group in Gmail for this purpose.

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