Google has started rolling out the Confidential Mode, a feature announced alongside a few others the last time it overhauled Gmail. The feature was initially only available on the desktop version of the Gmail, but mobile users can now have access to it as gradual roll out has begun.
Confidential Mode, Smart Compose, Email Snoozing were among a few additions to the world’s most popular free email service last May. Confidential Mode offers a suite of email protection to users, which is another major drive towards making Google’s popular email service more secure for every user out there.
In a tweet during the week, Google said Confidential Mode is also now available to mobile users—Google and iOS users as well.
“Confidential mode is now available on mobile devices and can help you protect sensitive information from unauthorized access. Learn more about this feature”, the tweet reads.
A simple update on Google Play or iTunes should help get that one sorted out and you can start using the Confidential Mode on your mobile phone anytime soon.
What is the Confidential Mode? It is a feature that allows you to set an expiration date for all your sensitive email. What that means is that the email can be revoked at the expiration of a set date. This works by sending a link instead of the confidential email directly to the recipient.
The sent link leaves your mailbox from where the recipient is able to access it via his Gmail account or another email service. The sender is always in charge of how long the recipient gets to access the message—it’s all about putting a time-limit on the access granted to the other party.
Related to the feature is the two-factor authentication, which allows the sender to request the receiver to authenticate with a passcode received via text message before access to the email is granted. This will now be the norm for all confidential emails you send.
In other Gmail related news, Google is reportedly working on a new feature called ‘email scheduling.’ Per Android Police, Gmail is about to add one of the most interesting features everyone has been clamoring for in a long time. It is one feature that forum users always request for, and it remains a mystery why Google didn’t consider adding it until now.
Android Police spotted a label that contains the “title “Schedule send” that goes with a new entry in the overflow menu of the Compose screen.” There is every chance that the upcoming feature will be available on the web and mobile versions of Gmail, but this might yet change before the launch proper—and that is if Google does not decide to pull the plug.
We will keep you posted once we have an updated per the email scheduling feature and other Gmail news in the coming days.