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.
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.
Step #3. Tap on Sign-in & security.
Step #4. Now tap on 2-Step Verification.
Step #5. Tap on Get Started.
Step #6. You need to enter the passwords of your Gmail account.
Step #7. Enter the phone number you want to use.
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.
Step #9. You will be confirmed that the verification is successful. Tap on Turn On to get things started.
Alternative Second Steps
You can easily set up your account to receive printable one-time passcodes when away from your phone,
You can add a Security Key, a small physical device, used for signing in. The key plugs into your laptop’s USB port.
There is an Authenticator app which allows you to get free verification codes, even when your phone is offline.
You can get a Google prompt on your phone and just tap Yes to sign in.
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.
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.
Step #4. 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.
That’s all there is to it! What do you think of Two-factor authentication?