Gmail Confidential Mode: How to use it on your smartphone

Gmail Brings Confidential Emails to Mobile

While the new confidential mode may be useful for some users, Google cautions it is not meant to completely prevent sensitive information from being revealed.

Head over to the Gmail app on your mobile device. Following very basic steps, users can mark their emails as confidential, and set a time limit for visibility. A new update informs that the Confidential Mode has now started rolling to the users in entirety.

Google has introduced Confidential Mode to its Gmail application, allowing users to passcode-protect their communications and set expiration dates for both email content and attachments.

The official Twitter account of Gmail has confirmed that the feature is indeed coming to mobile. You can specify for how long the email should be accessible to the recipient before it's disappeared. The email is also secured by a 2FA passcode that will be sent to the recipients phone number for further security. Google didn't say when the feature will roll out to iOS users, but there's no reason it won't come eventually.

The feature would help "when we send proposals in a sales organization that we don't want to be outside of their network or their world", said Brady Edwards, director of customer solutions at email deliverability company 250ok.

Gmail has two built-in dark themes, but you'll need an extension to paint Chrome black. The users also have the option to add a passcode if you want to, to open the message.

In the composer, tap on the three dots button at the top right corner. Recipients of these secret messages won't have the capacity to copy, paste, and download, print or forward the message, and attachments will be disabled.

Confidential messages will be strictly about conveying the message to the person you choose to send it to.

You can stop your recipient from viewing the email before the expiration date.

Confidential emails are the emails that self-destruct after a given length of time.

Those sound pretty excellent security features, sure, but someone who needs that amount of protection probably won't use Gmail in the first place.

Tap the remove access option at the bottom of the email.

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