Using Gmail confidential mode

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  1. Set email to self-destruct with Gmail and the Gmail app
  2. How to Use Confidential Mode to Send Emails in Gmail
  3. How to use confidential mode in the Gmail app
  4. Open confidential email in Gmail
  5. Important Privacy Considerations

Set email to self-destruct with Gmail and the Gmail app

If you want to send emails with personal information, use the confidential mode in Google’s Gmail to send messages that automatically disappear after a certain amount of time. Gmail’s confidential mode also prevents recipients from forwarding, copying, printing, or downloading message content. Sensitive emails can be sent to other Gmail users or users who use another platform such as Outlook, iCloud or Yahoo.

The instructions in this article apply to the web browser version of Gmail and the Gmail app for Android and iOS devices.

How to Use Confidential Mode to Send Emails in Gmail

If you use the official Gmail website to send emails, use confidential mode in the compose window.

  1. Go to the Gmail website and log in with your username and password.

  2. Select To create .

  3. At the bottom of the compose window, select the icon Confidential Mode (lock with a clock on it).

  4. Select the expiration date of a message, then select Save .

    Select for extra security SMS password to allow recipients to enter the code sent to their device in a text message before they can open the email.

  5. Compose a letter, then select send .

How to use confidential mode in the Gmail app

When you’re composing email on the go with the Gmail mobile app for iOS or Android, you can also quickly send sensitive content in confidential mode.

  1. Open gmail app and log in with your username and password.

  2. Select To create .

  3. Choose an icon Lake (three horizontal dots).

  4. Select Confidential Mode .

  5. Select an expiration date for the message, then click Save (or icon Finch on some devices).

    Just like on the Gmail website, you have the option to require all recipients to enter a code sent in a text message before they can open an email.

  6. Click Change go back to your message to change the expiration date.

  7. Compose a letter, then select send .

Open confidential email in Gmail

If you use Gmail, you open confidential email the same way you open regular email on the website or in the mobile app. If the email requires a password, you will receive a text message with a code.

If you are not a Gmail user, follow the link in your confidential email to request a password. Then enter the code found in the text message sent to your device to view the contents of the message.

Important Privacy Considerations

While Google has implemented safeguards in its system to prevent information from being shared in sensitive emails, recipients can take a screenshot or use malware to bypass security restrictions. Use caution when sending personal information over the Internet.

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