How To Turn On 2-Step Verification On Gmail
Last Updated: September 11, 2020
I’m sure that most people value privacy and protecting their important and personal data. We don’t want other people to use our email accounts and access our information without permission. With that in mind, we sometimes need more protection, aside from a strong password, to make sure that only we can access our accounts.
A strong password certainly helps in keeping your account safe, but sometimes it is not enough, even if you change it every once in a while. Users need another security feature that can verify their identity.
For Gmail users, we have some good news for you since the platform has an optional two-factor authentication method to secure your account. This security feature requires you to use your phone or some codes to verify your identity before signing in.
Follow our step-by-step guide on how to protect your Gmail in case someone tries to access it without your permission.
How to Add a 2-Step Verification on Gmail
Also known as two-factor authentication, 2-Step verification adds another level of protection to your Gmail account in case someone gets access to your password. With this feature, Google needs to confirm your identity first before allowing you to sign in.
Today, we’ll focus on how to set up Google Prompt and a backup authentication method that sends sign-in codes through text.
Here’s how to turn it on using a web browser:
- Open your Google Account.
- Check the navigation panel on the upper left side of your screen and click Security.
- Under “Signing in to Google,” select 2-Step Verification.
- Click “Get Started” and verify your identity by using your password to proceed.
- Before clicking “Try it now,” make sure to check if your phone is on the device list that can receive Google prompts. You can also tap “Show more options” to browse other security methods you can use as default. We’ll discuss them one-by-one later.
- Check your phone for a verification message from Google. Click “Yes” to confirm and proceed.
Note: You need data or Wi-Fi to receive prompts on your device.
- Add a backup phone number, in case you lose your phone or if you can’t receive authentication prompts with it. Also, choose how you want to receive codes between Text and Call. After deciding, click Send.
- Enter the code and click Next.
- Click “Turn on.”
You can also turn on the two-factor authentication using your phone. Here’s how:
- On the Gmail app, tap your avatar and choose “Manage your account.”
- Navigate to the Security settings and select 2-Step Verification to continue the process on your default web browser.
- Tap “Get Started.” Enter your password and tap Next.
- You can select “Show more options” to choose which security method to use. After you finalize your decision, tap “Try it now.” Follow all the instructions that come after.
Other Two-Factor Authentication Methods on Gmail
Aside from Google prompts, a few other authentication methods can help protect your account. These features are in place in case you can’t access prompts, lose your phone, or want more protection.
Manage these security features by navigating to Security > 2-Step Verification and scrolling down to see other additional options to verify your identity. You can also access them when you’re setting the two-factor authentication for the first time.
Google can provide you with single-use codes that you can use to sign in to your account in case you’re not on your phone. Although you can only have up to ten active codes, you can generate a new set anytime you want. Store them in a place that is safe and where only you can access them.
You can also use Google Authenticator to get sign-in codes on your phone even if it is not online. All you have to do is download the app, set up the authenticator on your account, and scan the barcode.
The app refreshes the available code every 30 seconds, so don’t panic if you get wrong on the first try.
If you need more protection, you can use a built-in or external security key to access your account. Using this security method requires you to connect your phone to the device where you’re signing in through Bluetooth or USB.
Skip Verification on Devices
If you don’t like to authenticate your account every time you sign in on your phone, you tap “Don’t ask again on this computer.” We highly recommend doing this only on personal devices and those you always use.
We hope that by now, you already know how to set up the 2-Step authenticator on your Gmail account. For more guides and step-by-step solutions, don’t forget to bookmark our homepage and subscribe to our newsletter.