It pays to provide the optimum security to your Google account in this digital world where cyber crime is just the order of the day. Hackers have become way too smarter to be stopped with merely a thin layer of safeguard. Hence, you don’t have to make any compromise with regards to offering the desired protection from hacking.

Fortunately, Google offers immaculate security to your account through two-factor authentication also known as 2-step verification. Once 2-step verification is enabled for your Gmail account, you will have to enter not only the passwords but also the additional six-digit code sent on your smartphone whenever you sign in.

How to Set up 2-Step Verification for Google Account on Android

The extra layer of safety makes sure your Gmail doesn’t fall prey to any hacking. Even if anyone succeeds in stealing the passwords of your account, he will require entering the code which will be sent only on your assigned phone number. It will guard against any digital theft.

How to Set up 2-Step Verification for Gmail Account on Android

Step #1. First off, you need to launch Chrome on your Android device.

Step #2. Next up, you have to go to myaccount.google.com and sign in to your Gmail account.

Go to myaccount.google.com and sign in to your Gmail account

Step #3. Tap on Sign-in & security.

Tap on Sign-in & security

Step #4. Now tap on 2-Step Verification.

tap on 2-Step Verification

Step #5. Tap on Get Started.

Tap on Get Started

Step #6. You need to enter the passwords of your Gmail account.

You need to enter the passwords of your Gmail account

Step #7. Enter the phone number you want to use.

Enter the phone number you want to use, Tap on Try It

You have two options to receive codes – Text message, Phone call.

By default, a text message is selected, which I find the more convenient way to receive to receive the code. In this test, we will receive the code through text message. Tap on Try It.

Step #8. Google will send you code on your device. Enter it and tap on Next.

Enter Code and tap on Next

Step #9. You will be confirmed that the verification is successful. Tap on Turn On to get things started.

Tap on Turn On to get things started

Alternative Second Steps

Backup codes

You can easily set up your account to receive printable one-time passcodes when away from your phone,

Security Key

You can add a Security Key, a small physical device, used for signing in. The key plugs into your laptop’s USB port.

Authenticator app

There is an Authenticator app which allows you to get free verification codes, even when your phone is offline.

Google prompt

You can get a Google prompt on your phone and just tap Yes to sign in.

Backup phone

There is also an option to add a backup phone so you can still sign in if you lose your phone.

App Specific Passwords

You will need to create a one-time password when you sign into your Google account on a non-Android device. As not all services support two-factor authentication, one-time-only password lets you access your account from apps like calendar or email on iOS devices.

Step #1. Select app passwords in the account settings.

Step #2. Next up, you will need to choose the app and platform from the drop-down menus. You have the option to customize the app if you use a third-party app which isn’t listed.

Revoke Access

Make sure to revoke the access to your account from those apps if you happen to sell the particular device. Go to the security settings and remove the access.

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How to Turn Off 2-Step Verification for Gmail Account on Android

At any time, if you no longer want to use the two-factor authentication for your Google account, you can easily disable it.

Step #1. Launch any web browser on your smartphone.

Step #2. Go to myaccount.google.com.

Step #3. Sign into your Google account.

Go to myaccount.google.com and sign in to your Gmail account

Step #4. Tap on Sign-in & security.

Tap on Sign-in & security

Step #5. You will see the date since when 2-Step Verification has been enabled. Tap on Turn Off option and confirm it again.

Tap on Turn Off option and confirm it Again

That’s all there is to it! What do you think of Two-factor authentication?

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