Gmail Cc and Bcc: How to Send an Email as a Blind Copy

Gmail Cc and Bcc: How to Send an Email as a Blind Copy

What does cc and bcc mean in Gmail?

What does cc mean in email and in Gmail?

The cc field is used to send the same email to multiple recipients. Each of them will know the other recipients’ address.

The abbreviation cc means carbon copy. If you put multiple email addresses or multiple recipients in the cc field of Gmail, then each of them will receive a copy of the email.

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What does cci mean in emails and in Gmail?

The bcc field is used to send the same email to multiple recipients in blind copy. None of them will be able to see the list of recipients. They will know that they received the email because they were in the bcc field.

The abbreviation bcc means blind carbon copy. If you put several email addresses or recipients in the cci field of Gmail, then each of them will receive a copy of the email, but none of them will know who else received it.

Note: you need to be logged into your Gmail account. If you don’t have an account yet, find out how to create a free Gmail account.

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What’s the difference between cc and bcc in a Google email?

Recipients placed in the Bcc field are “invisible”, meaning that none of the recipients can identify them, nor know they are there. Even the Bcc recipients can’t know the other Bcc recipients.

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What’s the difference between To, Cc and Bcc in Gmail?

In short:

FieldRecipientCan see…
ToPrimary recipientsTo and Cc recipients
CcSecondary recipientsTo and Cc recipients
BccHidden recipientsTo and Cc recipients
Comparison of To, Cc and Bcc recipients in a mail

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How to send a cc mail with Gmail?

Here is how to send a Gmail mail to a group of people in cc (standard copy):

  1. click on Compose
  2. make the line “Cc” appear according to your device:
    • on mobile, press the arrow ▽ located to the right of the “To” line
    • on computer, click on “Cc” (displayed on the top right)
  3. type the name of a contact or the email address
  4. repeat with all the other contacts or addresses of the recipients to be cc’d, separating them with a comma or a semicolon
  5. write your email and send it
gmail cc or bcc on computer
Send emails in cc or Bcc with Gmail on computer

Note: in addition to the cc field, you can also indicate one or more recipients in the “To” field. These are the primary recipients, while the cc field is for secondary recipients.

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How to send a grouped bcc mail with Gmail?

Here is how to send a Gmail mail to several people in blind copy (bcc):

  1. click on Compose
  2. make the “Bcc” line appear according to your device:
    • on mobile, press the arrow ▽ located on the right of the “To” line
    • on computer, click on “Bcc” (displayed on the top right)
  3. type the name of a contact or the email address
  4. repeat with all the other contacts or addresses of the recipients to be blind copied, separating them with a comma or a semicolon
  5. write your email and send it
display cc and bcc fields on mobile phone
How to display cc and bcc fields in Gmail on cell phone

Once you have displayed the “Cc” and “Cci” lines, you can add your contacts:

Using cc and bcc in Gmail app
Using cc and bcc in Gmail app on smartphone

Conclusion : if you want to send and email to an anonymous group of recipients, put all the recipients in the “Bcc” field. Everyone will only see your name as the sender of the email, all the others will remain anonymous and even hidden to be more precise.

Note: in addition to the Bcc field, you can also indicate one or more recipients in the “To” field. These are the primary recipients, whereas the cc field is for secondary recipients.

Questions

How to use Cc and Bcc?

Indicate in the cc field the secondary recipients and in the Bcc field the recipients you want to hide (from others and from each other). In Gmail, you have to click on Cc or Bcc to activate them.

Who can see the bcc?

No one can! In any case, no recipient can see the other Bcc recipients, not even those who are in Bcc blind copy.

Can all recipients be blind copied?

Yes, it is possible, except perhaps with certain messaging systems. If your mailbox refuses to send the message if all the recipients are blind copied, then you just have to add your own email address in the “To” field.

What does bcc mean in an email?

It means Blind Carbon Copy (or simply blind copy). The recipient(s) of an email placed in bcc are not known by the other recipients.

What does cc in a mail mean?

“Cc” in an email (Gmail or not) means Carbon Copy. The recipient(s) of a mail placed in cc receive the mail like all the others, and all the recipients know that they are in the cc field. Use the cc field to show that these recipients are less important than those listed in the “To” field.

How many email addresses in Gmail bcc?

The Gmail documentation does not provide a maximum number of recipients in bcc (or in cc for that matter). It seems to depend on the reputation of the account sending the email, as well as the presence of attachments, and probably other factors. If you have a lot of recipients, it’s best to have a mailing or a Google Workspace subscription.

Undisclosed Recipients: Is this spam or hacking?

No! The definition of Undisclosed Recipients is “unknown recipients”. This happens when you receive an email that was only sent to hidden recipients (no email address was in the “To” or “Cc” fields). Undisclosed Recipients means that the system can’t display the list of recipients.

If I reply to an email, will those who were in bcc receive it?

No, because your mailbox ignores their email addresses (it doesn’t even know that other recipients exist). The discussion will stop there for the hidden recipients.

How to display the names of the recipients in Bcc?

It is not possible because the list of Bcc emails remains secret. Only the person who sent the email can know the list of invisible hidden recipients.

Can I reply to an email if I was a hidden recipient?

Yes you can, but be careful because the people who will receive it might be surprised to discover that you were also a recipient… If you answer only to the sender, there is no problem but if you make “answer to all”, think carefully before sending.

Is blind copy cc or Bcc?

Attention, “cc” does not mean “blind copy” but “carbon copy”. To put someone on a blind copy, you must indicate the email address in the “Bcc” field.

How to find the line or the bcc field in Gmail?

Everything is explained here! Basically: on cell phone, press the arrow ▽ located to the right of the “To” line, and on computer click on “bcc” (displayed on the top right).

Should I put the recipient in cc or bcc (Gmail or other mail)?

The choice is yours! Put your main recipients in the “To” field, then the secondary recipients in the “Cc” field and finally in the “Bcc” field the recipients that nobody should be able to see.

How to add a blind copy recipient on Gmail?

Everything is explained here! Basically, enter his address in the “Bcc” field. This way, no other recipient will be able to know that he or she also receives the email.

Can I know if others have received the hidden mail?

No, it is impossible! You have no way of knowing if others have received the same email as you, but by being in the hidden recipients. You can suspect that this is the case if 100% of the recipients are hidden (your mailbox sometimes displays Undisclosed Recipients).

When should I use bcc to send to hidden recipients?

You should send in bcc if you don’t want each recipient to know the email address of the others, or even if he or she knows that the others are also receiving the email. This is the case for example for associations, clubs, etc. If you put the recipients in the “To” or “Cc” fields, they will probably complain to you (and they will be right)…

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