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Send and Receive Confidential Email

How to Send and Receive Confidential Email in Gmail

Send and Receive Confidential Email

If an email contains sensitive information, and you want to control who can see it, you can use confidential mode. Confidential emails cannot be forwarded, copied, or downloaded, and you can also give an email an expiration date, after which it can no longer be accessed.

Send a Confidential Email

  1. While composing an email, click the Confidential mode button. Send and Receive Confidential Email
  2. Choose when the confidential email will expire.
  3. Choose whether to require an SMS code.
  4. Click Save. Send and Receive Confidential Email

    The confidential settings are applied, and once you finish writing it, you’re ready to send it.

  5. Click Send. Send and Receive Confidential Email

The email is sent with the confidential settings applied.

Read a Confidential Email

  1. Click a confidential email in your inbox. Send and Receive Confidential Email

It opens up, with the message inside a confidential text box. You can also see that the options to forward, print, copy, and download the message are unavailable.

Send and Receive Confidential Email

Finally, it's important to note that you can send a confidential email to someone who doesn't use a Gmail account, although it won't be as easy for them to view it. Instead of seeing the confidential message within a text box, they'll instead be required to click a link to open the message in a browser window.

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