Now you can send self-destructing emails with Gmail's 'Confidential Mode'

Alonzo Simpson
August 20, 2018

"You can send messages and attachments with Gmail's confidential mode to help protect sensitive information from unauthorized access", Google explains on its support page for the new feature.

Google has announced this morning that the feature has now gone live in the Gmail for Android app. This mode, available while making an email, prevents the recipient from copying/ pasting, forwarding, downloading, and printing the content in the email.

Now you can set the passcode and only when the recipient enters the code that he recieves in an SMS on their phone can they open and check the email.

While Gmail users will have no trouble opening the confidential message, non-Gmail customers will get an email passcode to authenticate from a secure web portal.

If you think you need to update the app for this new tool, then don't worry. The new tool is called Confidential mode and as the name suggests it can be used to send and receive "confidential emails".

In a tweet during the week, Google said Confidential Mode is also now available to mobile users-Google and iOS users as well.

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Google is today rolling out one of Gmail's modern features to mobile devices. Anyway, you could use the one day timer and still feel important about sending a top secret recipe to a friend. If you're now not seeing the new option in your Gmail, it means you might have to wait a few days. You can also Renew Access if you want them to see the message. Recipients who don't use Gmail will get emailed a passcode.

What is Confidential Mode in Gmail?

It's worth pointing out that if you send an email in confidential mode, any attachments that go along with it will be restricted as well.

With this, let's say you're having to email a bunch of sensitive documents for a home purchase or a photo of a driver's license for some reason.

Confidential Mode, Smart Compose, Email Snoozing were among a few additions to the world's most popular free email service last May.

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