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Gmail is the best email service that has millions of users globally. This Email service provides too many features for convenience but a few people are aware of the Confidential mode. The Confidential mode of Gmail provides more control over sending emails.

What is Confidential Mode?

Confidential Mode is one of the safest ways to protect sensitive information. The Confidential mode has different protocols to deliver the messages. All the Confidential mode messages are hosted on Google’s server which provides an extra layer of protection.

The recipients will have to click on the link to view the message in their browser. The Confidential mode prevents users from forwarding, copying, printing, or downloading messages or attachments. Users will also have a choice to can set a message expiration date, or revoke message access at any time. Recipients will require a verification code by text to open messages. However, the recipients are free to take screenshots, download attachments, and more.

One of the major drawbacks is that you can’t schedule or forward the Confidential mode messages.

How to Send emails in Confidential mode?

It is a relatively new feature. Before sending the Confidential mode messages, you need to first enable it manually.

  • First of all, open Gmail
  • Tap on Compose Email
  • In order to send Confidential messages, you require to turn on Confidential Mode which is present in the bottom right corner of the screen.
  • The next step is to set the passcode and expiry date.
  • However, setting up the passcode is completely optional. If a person chooses “No SMS passcode,” recipients using the Gmail app will be able to open it directly. Recipients who don’t use Gmail will get emailed a passcode.
  • If you choose “SMS passcode,” recipients will get a passcode by text message. Make sure you enter the recipient’s phone number, not your own.
  • Tap on Save
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