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How long does it take to receive an email?

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May 04, 2017 8:42PM

There is no rule specifying how long it should take for an email

to arrive at its destination. The path an email takes to reach its

destination starts from your computer to a local smtp (simple mail

transfer protocol) server which will direct the message to its

destination. It may pass the message to one or more relay computer

until it reaches the destination mail server computer. The

destination computer stores the email until it is retrieved by the

user. This process can take a minute or much less, no matter where

in the world it is going. However, If there is a lot of internet

traffic or a lot of email traffic at any single point, it can take

much longer. And, if the intended recipient decides not to use a

mail reading program to look at the email, it can take even longer


it usually takes about 2 - 3 minutes for a person who lives

in the same state to receive an email, however, it usually takes 2

- 3 minutes LONGER to receive an email from another


Well, It takes less than a minute to arrive but if your computer

has a problem or the other persons computer has a problem then in

that case it will take a whole minute

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