With the test email option, YAMM lets you preview your email template before sending it to all your recipients. This article details all the information you need to do this.
How to send a test email to yourself?
Once you have created your template in Gmail and prepared a mailing list in your spreadsheet, select Add-ons > Yet Another Mail Merge > Start mail merge.
Select your template and click Receive a test email.
Click the blue banner to open the test email directly in your Gmail inbox.
You receive the test email in your Gmail inbox.
Open the test email to check everything looks good.
Information about the test email option
Which data from the spreadsheet are merged to your test email?
If you have personalized your email content with markers (like name, phone number etc.), YAMM merges the data from the first visible recipient listed on your spreadsheet (i.e. the second row, or the first visible row if you added filters).
File previews are automatically added to the bottom of the test email.
When you include a link in your email template to a Google document, spreadsheet or presentation, the test email automatically includes the preview of the file at the bottom of the email. However, subscribers won't see the preview.
Common issues with the test option
The unsubscribe link doesn't work in the test email.
In the test email, the unsubscribe link redirects to https://yet-another-mail-merge.com/unsubscribe.
Our unsubscribe feature only works when the tracking tool is activated (which is not the case in a test email). Technically it will work only if there's the redirection link from our click tracking system (learn more), which begins with https://domain-dot-yamm-track.appspot.com/Unsubscribe?ukey=xxx.
The 'reply-to' picker doesn't work with the test email.
Using custom 'reply-to' doesn't work when using the test email option.
For example, sending from email@example.com to the same account (reply-to: firstname.lastname@example.org) doesn't work.
The alias picker and cc recipients don't work with the test email.
If you have set up aliases in your Gmail settings, you can't send the test email from your alias. Gmail automatically skips this alias setting, so the 'From' account on the test email will be the same as your primary account. Learn more in this article.
If you have added cc/bcc recipients to your spreadsheet, YAMM also skips these accounts and only sends the test email to your own account without the cc recipients.