Gmail confidential mode on mobile: How - and why - you should use it

Confidential mode has been recently added to Gmail for Android, which is meant to help users protect sensitive information from unauthorized access. 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.

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

Before enabling, you'll have to set the expiration for your email between the given options of 1 day, 1 week, 1 month, 3 months, 5 years. Tap on that and you'll be given options to set a passcode for the email, an expiration date, and more. Gmail has rolled out its Confidential Mode to the Gmail iOS and Android apps.

Users interested in trying out the new confidential mode should look for a new confidential mode icon in the bottom right corner of the compose window. You don't even need to update the app-just take a peek in the menu.

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For advanced protection, the sender of the message can also require the recipient to enter a passcode. At any point, you can once again renew access if you want.

You will then have to choose a passcode which can be an OTP on the recipient's phone number, or you can skip it. However, one feature which was talked about a lot was the Confidential Mode.

In case you want to turn on the Confidential Mode to try it out, here are the steps that you will need to follow.

While confidential mode is undoubtedly a more secure way to send sensitive information such as a photo of your driver's license or private documents, Google can't stop a recipient from simply taking a screenshot of their screen once they open the email.

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