Do you use Gmail for your main email account? There’s a very good chance that you do.
That’s because there are more than 1 billion active monthly Gmail users, which is up from just over 420 million users just six years ago. That’s astounding! Even if you already use Gmail regularly, with its recent big redesign, you probably like it more than ever.
And now, one of the best features introduced in the redesign is now available on your phone.
Mobile Gmail users rejoice! Confidential Mode is now available on mobile devices, Google announced via a tweet.
What is Confidential Mode, you might ask? Well, it allows Gmail users to block recipients from forwarding certain emails. It will also stop recipients from being able to copy, download, or print the email.
If the message is super sensitive, the sender can require a password to open the email. The password will be generated via SMS. The recipient won’t see the message inside the email, instead, they will need to click a link that goes to the message after the password is entered.
Businesses might be especially interested in this feature as it will give them more control over how sent emails are used. However, people will still be able to take a screenshot of the message if they want a copy for their records.
There’s even a self-destruct option for emails sent in Confidential Mode. It won’t actually explode “Mission: Impossible” style. Instead, senders can set an expiration date that the message will no longer be available after.
How to compose an email in Gmail Confidential Mode on Android and iPhone
1. On your iPhone or iPad, open the Gmail app.
2. Tap Compose (the pencil icon).
3. In the top right, tap More (the three dots).
4. Tap Confidential mode. Note: If you’ve already turned on confidential mode for the email, go to the bottom of the email, then tap Edit.
5. Toggle Confidential mode to On.
6. You can also set an expiration date, passcode and other controls. These settings affect both the message text and any attachments.
Note: If you select “Standard,” 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 select “SMS passcode,” recipients will get a passcode by text message. Make sure that you enter the recipient’s phone number, not your own.
7. Tap Done then continue composing your email. Note: Before sending the email, you can always edit your Confidential Mode options by tapping “EDIT.”