How To Set Up Gmail Self-Destructing Emails (+Block Emails From Being Forwarded/Printed)

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How To Set Up Gmail Self-Destructing Emails (+Block Emails From Being Forwarded/Printed)

Hey, you! You may have noticed the fancy, new updated Gmail look, but did you know there are other cool features that you may not have discovered yet? Take the Gmail self-destructing emails feature for example!

What is it?



Since Gmail has rolled out its ‘confidential’ mode, you are now able to bolster your privacy by protecting your sensitive information sent through Gmail.

With the new ‘confidential’ mode, Gmail now lets you send emails with expiration dates. Emails in your recipient’s inbox will delete itself aka. Self-destruct after a given time.

The ‘confidential’ mode feature also prevents recipients from forwarding, copying, printing or downloading your email contents, and allows users to restrict recipients to enter an SMS passcode to view the email.



When you are composing an email, you will notice a little lock on the bottom which you can click on.

This will bring up Gmail’s confidential mode; where you can assign an expiry date for your email and enable an SMS passcode for your email.

Here you can choose to set an expiry for your email to either self-destruct in

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

However, if you needed to revoke sooner an email after it was sent, you can do that by opening Gmail, selecting “Sent”, selecting the confidential email you sent, and then choosing “remove access”.



It is a pretty nifty new feature that Gmail has come up with. Needless to say, this feature may be especially of use to anyone dealing with confidential sources, executives trading corporate secrets over email, or perhaps *ahem* someone setting up a secret meeting?

For whatever the reason you would use it for, go ahead and try the feature today!


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