Gmail confidential mode on mobile: How - and why - you should use it

Gmail Brings Confidential Emails to Mobile

Google has officially rolled out confidential mode for Gmail in the Android and iOS apps.

In addition, Confidential Mode will let you set a password for viewing documents, that way only those with the password can view them. After selecting that, Gmail asks you to choose an expiration time and whether or not a passcode is required to open the message.

Confidential Mode sends emails that self-destruct after a given length of time. Google states that users can send messages and attachments with Gmail's confidential mode to help protect sensitive information from unauthorized access. Passcodes can either be through a separate email (users not using Gmail) or through an SMS (just do not forget to enter their mobile # when you turn it on). Tap on that and you'll be given options to set a passcode for the email, an expiration date, and more. This is done by going into your Sent folder, opening the email in question, and tapping the "Remove Access" button that appears at the bottom.

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Google also notes that although confidential mode helps prevent the confidential email's recipients from accidentally sharing your email, it doesn't prevent them from taking screenshots or photos of the users messages and attachments. Also, the confidential mode feature isn't now available for G Suite customers.

The feature is live now in Gmail, so you can check it out. Confidential mode is rolling out to mobile devices today, so be sure to keep an eye out for it.


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