Google adds Gmail Confidential Mode to Android

Google adds Gmail Confidential Mode to Android

Many new features were added that built on work Google had done with other applications and were finally bringing over to the email platform. One of the new features is Confidential Mode which allows for the sending of auto-expiring messages - although, as we have previously noted, it's not ideal by any means.

Confidential mode was first introduced when Google's big Gmail redesign, but the feature was nowhere to be found in the Android app version of Gmail.

Confidential Mode sends emails that self-destruct after a given length of time. Also, recipients of the confidential message will have numerous options that might compromise it disabled, so they won't be able to forward, copy, print, or download the message.

Confidential mode for Android and iOS is rolling out now.

Gmail update
Users should press the confidential mode button to activate the new feature

You will then have to choose a passcode which can be an OTP on the recipient's phone number, or you can skip it. But Gmail users today can use the new update to protect their messages instead of following in the grumpy footsteps of the cartoon cop.

Even after you've set an expiration date for an email, you can remove access to it early. I sent an email to myself with confidential mode, the attachment was a photo. Google also notes users who may be infected with malicious programs that are intercepting or collecting emails may get access to these messages as well. Confidential Mode should be available to select. Tap on that and you'll be given options to set a passcode for the email, an expiration date, and more.

Putting your email in Confidential Mode only takes a few steps.

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