How to Send Self-Destructing Emails with Gmail

By | August 17, 2021
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How to Send Self-Destructing Emails with Gmail

The age of evanescent email

Sometimes you want the emails you send to be private. And sometimes the longer an email lingers the more likely it is that it will end up in the wrong place – or it may be seen by eyes that shouldn’t see it.

Gmail has a new feature that would make Mission Impossible fans proud. It’s called Confidential mode and it allows users to send self-destructing messages. Confidential mode is available on the Gmail web interface via a Web browser and in the Gmail app. Best of all, it is simple and easy to use.

Here’s how to use Gmail’s Confidential mode

1.) Compose your email as you normally would. Then click the Lock/Clock icon at the bottom of the compose window.

Gmail Tips - Cloudeight - Self-destructing emails.

2.) Once you click the lock/clock icon, you’ll see a Confidential mode window open. You’ll see a notice that your recipient(s) won’t have the option to forward, copy, print, or download the email.

3.) You have the option to select how long the email will be available to your recipient(s). Your choices are:

  • 1 day
  • 1 week
  • 1 month
  • 3 months
  • 5 years

One week is the default setting. You’ll also have the option to text the recipient a passcode they’ll need to open the email. This feature is optional, and you can send a “self-destructing” email without setting a passcode.

Gmail Tips - Cloudeight - Self-destructing emails.

Gmail Tips - Cloudeight - Self-destructing emails.

4.) Once you click “Save” a window will open reminding you that the recipient(s) won’t be able to forward, copy, print, or download the email. When you’re ready to send, just click the Send button to send your self-destructing email to the recipient(s).

Gmail Tips - Cloudeight - Self-destructing emails.

Gmail’s Confidential mode should be used thoughtfully and sparingly. 

4 thoughts on “How to Send Self-Destructing Emails with Gmail

  1. Nancy Zilch

    Thanks for this info TC. I actually don’t send many emails anymore, but still great to know about this feather
    Nancy Zilch

    Reply
  2. Judy

    What we thought once was SF is no longer SF. ha I have no reason to use this but out of curiousity i tested it so will check tomorrow to see what happens.🤞😊

    Reply
  3. Lucy

    I m wondering will it self destruct within the time limit before the recipient reads it? Or will it only self destruct AFTER being read?

    Reply
    1. infoave Post author

      It will self-destruct using the parameters you set – read or not.

      Reply

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