Gmail Confidential Mode rolling out on Android; here’s how to use it

Available on the web version of Gmail for a number of weeks now, the feature is finally rolling out to iOS and Android users. This will allow users to send emails and attachments with confidential information therein, coupled with expiration dates as well as the ability to revoke access to the content whenever they want. Recipients who are using a Gmail account will get the passcode via SMS, while those who are on a third-party email service can get it either via SMS or email.

It's worth pointing out that if you send an email in confidential mode, any attachments that go along with it will be restricted as well.

In case you want to renew the access, head over to sent emails, open that email, and tap on renew access, and the user will once again be able to view the content. Senders can also do things like set expiration dates for messages so recipients will no longer have access to them.

Confidential mode has come to Gmail, bringing self-deleting messages to the email service.

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Tap on the three-dot-menu in the top right corner and then tap on Confidential mode.

Should one need to revoke access early, a user can find the email in their sent folder and click on the remove access option. Recipients can confirm their identities with a passcode via text message. If you have the update app, open it and tap on Compose icon on the bottom right. Additionally, recipients can't forward, copy, print or download these emails. Ensure you enter the recipients phone number not of your own.

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