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

A report stated that Google was working on a new "confidential mode" feature in Gmail that would enable users to send emails that automatically expire. The Android app hasn't gotten all the new Gmail tools, but Confidential Mode is rolling out today.

Of course, the new feature doesn't stop someone from taking a screenshot of the email, but the updates do seem helpful. For example, with the new Confidential mode, users can set an expiration date for messages or revoke access at any time.

When sending a confidential email you also have the option of requiring a SMS passcode to open the message. While emails sent with the confidential mode make it slightly hard to make copies of your sensitive information and prevent unauthorized access, they can easily be cloned simply by using a device's screenshot feature. What do you think of Gmail's new addition?

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The app will then present a list of options related to the new feature. This is a server-side update, so you don't need to go looking for an update in the Google Play Store.

If they want to turn confidential mode on they should press the button in the top right-hand corner that is shaped like a stack of three bullet points.

Want to give Confidential mode a try?

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It is worth noting once an email is sent any self-destruct date that was chosen can not be altered. All passcodes will be generated by Google while non-Gmail recipients will get an email passcode to authenticate.

Open the mail sent via Confidential mode, scroll down to the bottom of the screen.

Putting your email in Confidential Mode only takes a few steps. Ensure you enter the recipients phone number not of your own.

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