How to send confidential mail using Gmail with protected attachment

You might have come across a situation where you need to send confidential email using Gmail. Basically, like you want to send an email to a person but don’t want them to have that email forever. The Gmail provide this feature and calls it confidential mode which deletes the email as per pre-selected expiration date. As, well as the recipient will also not have the option to forward, copy, print, and download contents of the email

How to send confidential email using Gmail from Desktop

  • Open Gmail in the browser
  • Click on Compose button
  • Hover your mouse on the bottom lock with clock icon and click on it to “Turn confidential mode on /off”.
  • You need to set an expiration date and passcode.
  • If you choose SMS passcode, the recipients will get a passcode by text message in number that you will enter.
  • If you choose No SMS passcode, the recipients using the Gmail app will be able to open it directly.
  • Click on save

How to send confidential email using Gmail using mobile

  • Open Gmail app
  • Tap on Compose i.e. plus icon
  • Tap on three vertical dots on the top right corner of the screen
  • Tap on Confidential mode to turn it on
  • Now, set an expiration date and passcode either standard or SMS passcode.
  • Tap on Save

Once, you have turn on the confidential mode in Gmail either through Desktop or using Gmail app on mobile. You are good to send the confidential email which will be expired on the date specified by you.

The recipient will also not have the option to forward, copy, print, and download contents of the email. However, they can take screenshots of the email if they want. So, be careful in sending the confidential email and use it as and when required.

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More than 13 years of experience in web development projects in countries such as US, UK and India. Blogger by passion and SEO expert by profession.

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