<pre><pre>How to send a confidential message on Gmail

Google introduced confidential mode for Gmail in 2018, a setting that allows people with personal accounts to send messages that can expire, and to prevent recipients from copying, forwarding or downloading their content.


It's back in the news because G Suite users using Gmail at work will have the option of using confidential mode from June 25. This function is switched on automatically; managers will have the ability to disable it if they want to. This means that you can use the feature if your company uses Gmail, which is especially useful for business people who need to send sensitive documents.

You can use confidential mode on a desktop or via the Gmail app on mobile devices, regardless of the app used, you must activate confidential mode every time you send a message. Here's how to do it.

In your browser

  • Compose a new message
  • Look for a locked clock icon to the right of the "Send" button (it can be hard to find among all other icons, but keep looking) and tap it
  • A pop-up appears that allows you to set the parameters for how long recipients can access your message before it expires
  • If you want an extra layer of security, you can also require recipients to enter a password that is sent to their phone numbers
  • A message that the message is being sent in confidential mode appears at the bottom of the message

On mobile

These steps are largely the same, but some items are in different places than you can find in your browser. The process is the same for both iOS and Android versions of Gmail.

  • Compose a message
  • Tap the three vertical dots in the upper-right corner of the app and then tap & # 39; Confidential Mode & # 39;
  • Just like with a browser, you can set how long the message should be visible to recipients and whether it is password protected
  • After you adjust the settings, a message sent in confidential mode displays a small window at the bottom of the screen with information about how long the message will exist before it expires

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