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Send confidential emails that self destruct with Gmail on mobile

Pete Mitchell | 19 August, 2018, 15:24

One of the most talked about additions was the Confidential Mode which allows users to send self-destructing emails.

Google's big Gmail redesign earlier this year added a handful of new features, including Confidential Mode. Senders can also set emails to expire after a certain amount of time, and, in cases where extra security is necessary, lock a message with an SMS code.

Anxious about sending emails with sensitive information on your phone?

The new feature is already available without the need to update the app. Gmail did not respond to inquiries when the mode will arrive to iOS devices, but it should hit Apple devices. At any point, you can once again renew access if you want. This is a server-side update, so you don't need to go looking for an update in the Google Play Store.

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Users interested in trying out the new confidential mode should look for a new confidential mode icon in the bottom right corner of the compose window.

In order to send a confidential mode email, just begin composing a message and tap the "Confidential mode" toggle from the menu at the top.

You will set an option to set the expiration, which can be one day, one week, one month, three months or 5 years. Once you click it, you'll see the various settings you can enable. Recipients can confirm their identities with a passcode via text message. You can also bypass the passcode feature.

However, it's worth noting that the new confidential mode doesn't stop anyone from just taking a screenshot of the confidential material, so keep that in mind. Confidential mode is not encrypted end-to-end, so Google could in fact read your messages in transit.

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