How to Add an Expiration Date to Emails in Gmail

Do you know how to add an expiration date to your emails in Gmail? Previously maybe you heard of the feature of sending disappearing messages only been available on encryption-oriented programs, corporate email services like Signal and ProtonMail, as well Snapchat app’s feature of disappearing messages. But now this feature is available in Gmail to add or set the expiration date for emails, the making the content within the email to after the set time expiration? Let’s show you how to do it.

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How to Set Expirations Date to Emails in Gmail on macOS and Windows

You can set expiration dates to messages by using Gmail’s Confidential Mode feature. Once you add an expiration date to an email, the recipient unable to access its content after the set date. Here are the following steps to add an expiration date to an email in Gmail:

  1. Sign in to your Gmail account with any your browser on Mac or Windows 10
  2. Now click on the Compose option to the left corner of your window screen
  3. Go to the email composition window
    • Type the email address of the recipient
    • Enter email Subict as you want
    • The body or content of the email
  4. Select the lock option that has a Timer icon in from of it, at the bottom of the composition window. This is the Confidential Mode feature icon
  5. When you clicked on the icon the window will appear of Confidential Mode. Now click on the down arrow in the Set Expiration section to display a list of various expiration times.
  6. You will see the expiration times periods from 1 day to 5 years. Click the one you want expiration time by pressing it.
  7. In the right of the chosen time, the expiration date will now appear. In addition, you can also need a password code. Selecting the No SMS Passcode option will allow the recipients to immediately navigate the email while selecting the SMS Passcode will need the receiver to first enter a passcode that they will receive by SMS text.
  8. You will require to type their contact number in case you select the latter option
  9. Once you read, press the Save option
  10. The expiration date will set now in the email. A notification message will be shown at the bottom of your email confirming this. Select the Sent option to send the email.
Open Gmail and Click Compose to New Email
Open Gmail and Click Compose to New Email
Enter Email, Subject, Content, and Click Lock Time icon
Enter Email, Subject, Content, and Click Lock Time icon
Set Expiration Date and time and Set Up SMS Passcode
Set Expiration Date and time and Set Up SMS Passcode
Click on the Save option
Click on the Save option
You can Edit and Send the Email
You can Edit and Send the Email

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How to remove the access of the email even before the expiration date?

If you would like to delete access and use the email before the set expiration date.

  1. Select Sent in the left side pane, then clicks on the message with the expiration date from the list of emails.
  2. Select the Remove Access at the bottom of the email
  3. Now the receiver will no more to access the email.
Go to Sent Emails and Tap to Open Email
Go to Sent Emails and Tap to Open Email
Select the Remove Access option
Select the Remove Access option

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How to Set and Add an Expiration Date to Gmail on Android and iOS (iPhone and iPad)

If you are using Gmail mobile app then you can also set or add the expiration dates to an email composed via Android and iOS (iPhone and iPad) devices. Here are these steps to do it:

  1. Tap to Open the Gmail mobile app and Login to your Gmail account if not
  2. Press the Compose option at the bottom
  3. In the Composition of email do the following things
    • Type the email address of the recipient
    • Enter email Subict as you want
    • The body or content of the email
  4. When you have done then tap on the Main Menu or three Vertical dots (Three horizontal dots on iOS) in the upper right corner of the screen
  5. Tap on the Confidential Mode feature in the menu that appears
  6. Go to the Set Expiration section and select the Expires in # text highlighted in blue color
  7. You will see various lists of the expiration time that will show to you, start from 1 day up to 5 years. Tap to one that you wish in the middle of the list by swiping down or up, then select the Done option
  8. You can also set up a Passcode for the email as with the Desktop version once you are done, check the checkbox to the upper right side of the settings page
  9. Now the expiration date is added or set and then press the Send option to send the email
Open Gmail App, Compose Email, And Enable Confidential Mode
Open Gmail App, Compose Email, And Enable Confidential Mode
Add An Expiration Date & Time and Save it
Add An Expiration Date & Time and Save it
Tap on the Sent option
Tap on the Sent option

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How to remove the access of the email even before the expiration date?

In case you want to remove access to the email before the add expiration date:

  1. press the Hamburger menu or Main menu icon in the upper-left side corner of the Mail tab.
  2. Tap the Sent from there
  3. Press the email with the expiration date to open it, and at the bottom of your email, select the Remove Access
  4. The receiver will no more able to access or open the email
Tap on the Remove Access Button
Tap on the Remove Access Button

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FAQ

Here are the frequently asked questions by different people and might you are interested to read it.

How you can set expiration dates for your emails Gmail

To set an expiration date in the new Gmail email, you will be required to turn on confidential mode on the particular email that you are sending. Select the little lock icon with a time on it to the right of the sending option in an email. Then you need to choose the time period from five days to 5 years after which you wish the email to expire.

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How do you put an expiry date on an email?

Go to the email and then click a Message>Tags. This will navigate the Properties window for the email, which you can also access by clicking Options the More Options, or File>Properties. Enable the Expires after remarking the checkbox and then select a date and time. Press Close to return to your email.

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Do emails expire in Gmail?

When email that receives to your Gmail inbox is there permanently unless you manually remove or delete it. One of the rules behind Gmail is that it gives users enough room to archive entire of their email messages rather than delete them, so they can be called up through labels or search at a point in the future.

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