Gmail gets a brand new update to help make your data safer than ever

Gmail is a hugely popular piece of mail software that is used by over a billion people across the globe.

The client received a huge update back in April that radically redesigned Gmail and introduced a new and helpful sidebar.

One of the biggest additions was the introduction of a “confidential mode” that allowed users to remove options for forwarding, copying, downloading or printing messages.

Google stated it introduced the feature to help people feel more secure when sending “sensitive information”.

In a blog post detailing the new version of Gmail back in April, the tech giant noted: “A new confidential mode allows you to remove the option to forward, copy, download or print messages—useful for when you have to send sensitive information via email like a tax return or your social security number.

“You can also make a message expire after a set period of time to help you stay in control of your information.”

At the time the functionality was only available on desktops.

But now the feature has made its way to mobile with both Android and iOS apps receiving an update.

In a tweet Google said: “Confidential mode is now available on mobile devices and can help you protect sensitive information from unauthorised access.”

For users to make the most of the new feature they have to be in an email thread.

If they want to turn confidential mode on they should press the button in the top right-hand corner that is shaped like a stack of three bullet points.

Once this is highlighted users should press the confidential mode button.

The app will then present a list of options related to the new feature.

Users are able to set expirations for emails in addition to choose whether a password is required.

It is worth noting once an email is sent any self-destruct date that was chosen cannot be altered.