Wondering if it is possible to send emails with an expiration date? Yes, it is possible and only takes a few minutes to set an expiration date for the emails. Google offers a confidential mode in Gmail where you can add an expiration date. Gmail users also have the option to block the recipient from viewing the email before the expiration date.
Note that the outgoing emails do not disappear at the end of the sender and are found in the “Sent” folder. The sender has to manually delete the expiring email if someone doesn’t want it to exist. You can send messages and attachments confidentially in Gmail using both your phone and your computer. Once the expiration date has been set, the recipient will no longer be able to forward, copy, print, or download the email. There are just a few simple steps you need to take to set an expiration date for your emails.
Gmail: how to send email with an expiration date
Step 1: Open Gmail on your mobile phone and tap Compose> three dot icon> Confidential Mode. On a computer, go to Gmail and click Compose. In the lower right corner of the window you need to click on “Enable confidential mode”.
Step 2: Now you can set an expiration date to 1 day or 1 week or 1 month. There are other options too. However, you cannot set an hourly expiration date.
Step 3: You will also need to choose a passcode. If a user selects “No SMS Passcode”, recipients using the Gmail app can open the email directly without having to enter a passcode. Note that those who don’t use Gmail will receive a passcode in their email.
If you select “SMS Passcode”, recipients will receive a passcode via SMS. Gmail users just need to make sure they enter the recipient’s phone number, not their own. When you’re done, just hit Save. You can then send the email.
Gmail: How to Remove Access from Email Early
Google gives you the option to prevent your recipient from viewing the email before the expiration date. There are times when you send an email with the wrong keywords or information. In this case, the feature will help you protect yourself from embarrassment. Read on to learn how to remove access early after you’ve set an expiration date on an email.
Step 1: Open Gmail on your device and visit the Sent folder.
Step 2: Open the confidential email and click Remove Access.