Gmail Brings Confidential Emails to Mobile

Confidential Mode

Google announced today that Gmail's confidential mode has come to mobile devices. The company today launched Confidential Mode for emails on Gmail, letting users protect the emails they send.

Google has also advised you can revoke access to an email marked confidential whenever you feel like it before the expiration date by opening the email in your Sent folder and selecting "Remove access" at the bottom.

It's a handy tool if you're sending information you're afraid of leaking out, or personal details that recipients should only need access to for a limited amount of time. Confidential mode has been recently added to Gmail for Android, which is meant to help users protect sensitive information from unauthorized access.

Confidential Mode sends emails that self-destruct after a given length of time.


Gmail's confidential mode is an interesting feature for email that provides low-level protection for your messages. If you choose " No SMS passcode", those using the Gmail app will be able to open your message/attachment directly, while those who don't have a Gmail account will get emailed a passcode. Tap on that and you'll be given options to set a passcode for the email, an expiration date, and more.

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.

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.

Once this feature is live for you, you will find it by clicking on the 3-dot settings button in the top right corner of the Compose UI.

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