How to Set up Two-Factor Authentication for your Google Account
Enable Two-Step Verification – Google lets you set up two-factor authentication for your account in two ways. One method is Google Prompt, and another one is setting up two-factor authentication using Google’s Authenticator app.
- Log in to your Google account on myaccount.google.com on your smartphone or PC.
- Click the Security tab on the left.
- Scroll down a bit, and click “2-Step Verification.”
- Click the Get Started button. Now follow the on-screen instructions to set up two-factor authentication.
- Enter your passwords to confirm your identity.
- Click Try it Now
- Add a phone number that Google can send the six-digit verification code to.
- Click Send.
- Verify your phone number by entering the six-digit code Google sent you. Click Next.
- Click Turn On to enable two-factor authentication.
How to use Google Authenticator
Google authenticator is another way to secure your Google account. To use this method, you need to download a free app from the App Store or Google Play Store that’s being used to generate random codes for your two-factor authentication.
- Go to your account’s security preferences, click Authenticator App.
- Choose whether you are using an iPhone or Android smartphone.
- Click Next.
- Scan the QR code from your authenticator app.
- Enter the code shown on the Google Authenticator app on your smartphone
- Click Verify.
- Click Done
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Google 2-Step Verification
It’s easier than you think for someone to steal your password. You are at increased risk if you use the same password on more than one site, download software from the internet, or click links in email messages.
2-Step Verification can help keep bad guys out, even if they have your password. It is used to increase security by requiring you to provide “something you know” (a password) with “something you have” (a mobile phone).
How It Works
Whenever you sign in to Google, you’ll enter your password as usual. Then, a code will be sent to your phone via text, voice call, or Google’s mobile app. To keep things simple, you can choose not to use 2-Step Verification again on that particular computer during sign-in. From then on, that computer will only ask for your password when you sign in. When you or anyone else tries to sign in to your account from another computer, 2-Step Verification will be required.
If Your Phone Is Lost or Stolen
If you no longer have access to your phone, Google has outlined steps to regain access to your account at this site https://support.google.com/accounts/answer/185834. You can use any backup options, sign in from a previously trusted computer, get a new phone from your carrier with the same phone number or fill in the Account Recovery Form.
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Enable 2-Step Verification
You will need to be at your computer with your smartphone nearby.
On Your Computer
- Using your web browser, visit https://myaccount.google.com/security/signinoptions/two-step-verification.
- Sign in with your email address and password.
- Enter or select your phone number, then select Next.
On Your Smartphone
- Open your texting app, and view the message Google just sent you. It will have a special verification code for you for the next step.
On Your Computer
- Enter the code you just received on your phone, then select Next.
- Select Turn On to enable 2-Step Verification.
- You’ll be shown your 2-Step Verification options, with a note at the top letting you know 2-Step Verification is ON.
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Enabling Additional Second Steps
- Review your settings on the 2-Step Verification settings page.
- You should set up at least one backup option so that you can sign in even if your other second steps aren’t available.
- Choose an option or stop if you are done.
- The next time you sign in, you’ll receive a text message with a verification code.