Confidential Mode comes to Gmail Android app

Isaac Cain
August 17, 2018

Android and iOS users are now able to use the new Gmail Confidential Mode.

Google has announced this morning that the feature has now gone live in the Gmail for Android app. Senders can also do things like set expiration dates for messages so recipients will no longer have access to them.

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"You can send messages and attachments with Gmail's confidential mode to help protect sensitive information from unauthorized access", Google explains on its support page for the new feature. "Recipients of the confidential message will have options to forward, copy, print, and download disabled".

The new confidential mode gives users the ability to place restrictions on emails as part of an effort to keep them from getting into the hands of people who should not have them. You don't even need to update the app-just take a peek in the menu. This is done by going into your Sent folder, opening the email in question, and tapping the "Remove Access" button that appears at the bottom. That means that recipient won't be able to download any sensitive photos or documents you might send, so this will certainly have its uses for those in the business world as well. After selecting that, Gmail asks you to choose an expiration time and whether or not a passcode is required to open the message. However, one feature which was talked about a lot was the Confidential Mode. Many new features were added that built on work Google had done with other applications and were finally bringing over to the email platform.

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