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

Google has officially rolled out confidential mode for Gmail in the Android and iOS apps. After rolling out on desktop earlier this year, Google announced via its social channels on Thursday that confidential mode is now available on mobile devices as well. You can add Confidential settings to an email easily through the 3-dot menu in your app, and once "Confidential Mode" is selected you can set an expiration date, passcode and more. This means that if you want to send sensitive information via e-mail, you'll be able to do so with added security. You can set emails to expire after a set amount of time, similar to a Snapchat message, or take away someone's access to a confidential email at any time.

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. While confidential mode can't prevent recipients from taking a screenshot of your email - and indeed, might not be able to prevent devices with malicious software from downloading the content of your email - it still offers a layer of protection when sending sensitive messages. Users using Gmail with a work or school account will need to contact their administrator in order to use confidential mode. At least, it'll be a valuable tool for the business world once Google launches the feature for G Suite, which hasn't happened yet.

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The feature is enabled when you click the button for a new email.

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