Gmail Confidential Mode lets you send top-secret emails on your phone

Angelica Greene
August 17, 2018

We first learned about Google's new "confidential mode" for Gmail back in April: a feature to help users better protect sensitive information they send to their contacts. Also, recipients of the confidential message will have numerous options that might compromise it disabled, so they won't be able to forward, copy, print, or download 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. A new update informs that the Confidential Mode has now started rolling to the users in entirety.

This way you will be able to configure your email to the Confidential Mode. There's a new option in the overflow menu at the top called "Confidential mode".

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Should one need to revoke access early, a user can find the email in their sent folder and click on the remove access option. Lastly, the confidential mode also allows the users to secure the attachments of their mail by a passcode.

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. The company warns that recipients who have malicious programs on their computer may still be able to copy or download the user's messages and attachments.

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