How to Send Emails With Confidential Mode in Gmail

Quick and easy-to-follow guide for Gmail users

What is Gmail’s Confidential mode

Confidential mode allows you to:

  • Set an expiration date for emails you send, removing them from recipients’ mailboxes after a specific time frame
  • ​Disable recipients’ ability to copy, paste, download, print, and forward your email
  • ​Require recipients to enter a code received by SMS to read your email

You still have to be careful even when using Confidential mode

  • There is no genuine guarantee that recipients won’t share your email with anyone else.
  • For example, you can’t prevent recipients from taking a screenshot of your email. 

Confidential mode limitations

  • You can only require SMS codes for phone numbers from North and South America, Europe, Australia, Asia, India, Korea, and Japan.
  • If you skip the SMS code option, recipients using Gmail can read your email right away.
  • Recipients who don’t use Gmail will get a code by email.

How to send a Gmail email using Confidential mode step-by-step with images

Step 1

How To Send Emails With Confidential Mode In Gmail - Step 1

Open Gmail and click Compose or press the keyboard shortcut C to start sending an email.

The Keyboard shortcuts setting needs to be enabled for the shortcut to work.

Step 2

How To Send Emails With Confidential Mode In Gmail - Step 2

At the bottom of the New Message window, click the Turn confidential mode on/off icon.

Step 3

How To Send Emails With Confidential Mode In Gmail - Step 3

Configure the Confidential mode settings and click Save.

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Send From Gmail With Confidential Mode

Confidential mode lets you prevent recipients from forwarding, copying, printing, or downloading your email. You can also set an expiration date and require a passcode for recipients to view your email.

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