How to Turn On Two-Step Verification Google Account

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Google 2-Step Verification

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, you download software from the internet or you 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, during sign-in you can chose to not use 2-Step Verification again on that particular computer. 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 of the 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

  1. Using your web browser, visit https://myaccount.google.com/security/signinoptions/two-step-verification.
  2. Sign-in with your GMail address and password.
    Google Sign-in with Email and Next button highlighted.Google sign-in with Password and Next highlighted.
  3. Enter or select your phone number, then select Next.
    Phone number entry with Next highlighted.

On Your Smartphone

  1. 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.
    Google Text Message with code highlighted.

On Your Computer

  1. Enter the code you just received on your phone, then select Next.
    Code entry with Next highlighted.
  2. Select Turn On to enable 2-Step Verification.
    2-Step verification ready, with Turn On highlighted.
  3. You'll be shown your 2-Step Verification options, with a note at the top letting you know 2-Step Verification is ON.
    2-Step Verification showing as On.

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Enabling Additional Second Steps

  1. Review your settings on the 2-Step Verification settings page.
  2. You should set up at least one backup option so that you can sign in even if your other second steps aren't available.
  3. Choose an option or stop if you are done.
  4. The next time you sign in, you'll receive a text message with a verification code.

Backup Options:
Available backup options.

? Enable additional 2-Step Verification methods?

  1. No more. We're all set!
  2. Backup Codes.
  3. Google Prompt.
  4. Authenticator App.
  5. Backup Phone.

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Google 2-Step Verification

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, you download software from the internet or you 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, during sign-in you can chose to not use 2-Step Verification again on that particular computer. 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 of the 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.

Enable 2-Step Verification

You will need to be at your computer with your smartphone nearby.

On Your Computer

  1. Using your web browser, visit https://myaccount.google.com/security/signinoptions/two-step-verification.
  2. Sign-in with your GMail address and password.
    Google Sign-in with Email and Next button highlighted.Google sign-in with Password and Next highlighted.
  3. Enter or select your phone number, then select Next.
    Phone number entry with Next highlighted.

On Your Smartphone

  1. 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.
    Google Text Message with code highlighted.

On Your Computer

  1. Enter the code you just received on your phone, then select Next.
    Code entry with Next highlighted.
  2. Select Turn On to enable 2-Step Verification.
    2-Step verification ready, with Turn On highlighted.
  3. You'll be shown your 2-Step Verification options, with a note at the top letting you know 2-Step Verification is ON.
    2-Step Verification showing as On.

Enabling Additional Second Steps

  1. Review your settings on the 2-Step Verification settings page.
  2. You should set up at least one backup option so that you can sign in even if your other second steps aren't available.
  3. Choose an option or stop if you are done.
  4. The next time you sign in, you'll receive a text message with a verification code.

Backup Options:
Available backup options.

Google 2-Step Verification Setup Complete!

2-Step Verification is now set up and your Google account now has added security. While this doesn't mean your account is completely immune to hacks, it will help safeguard it much more than a simple password would against attacks.

Google 2-Step Verification Backup Codes

  1. Under Backup Codes, click SET UP.
    Backup Codes.
  2. If prompted, sign in to your account.
    Google sign-in with Password and Next highlighted.
  3. You may be prompted for a 2-Step Verification code. Fulfill the request and hit NEXT.
  4. You may be brought back to the 2-Step Verification settings page. Under Backup Codes, click SET UP again.
    Backup Codes.
  5. Backup codes will be generated. These are one-time use passwords that can be used in case you lose access to your other 2SV methods.
    Backup Codes example.
  6. Click DOWNLOAD to save the codes in a text file (Backup-codes-[emailaddress].txt).
    Text file showing backup code example.
  7. Store this text file in a safe but accessible place.
  8. You can select Print if you have a printer and want a physical copy.
  9. Click CLOSE when done.
Do not store these codes with your password.

Remember; with your e-mail address, password, and these codes, your account is entirely accessible. A 3rd party can pretend to be you, and Google will trust them implicitly because they were able to pass a 2-Step Verification.

Treat any physical or digital copy of these codes as you would treat any other highly personal information, such as your Social Security Card, Birth Certificate, or other such documents.

You can return to your Google account security page at any time to setup additional 2-Step Verification methods, or make other changes to your account security by visiting https://g.co/2sv in your browser.

Google Prompt Setup

The Google Prompt is often considered the easiest 2-Step Verification method.

When you access your Google account, a simple prompt will appear on your smartphone. You can choose Yes or No, to allow access from that device.

You will need to be at your computer with your smartphone nearby.

  1. Under Google Prompt, select Add Phone.
    Google prompt option.
  2. If prompted, sign in to your account.
    Google sign-in with Password and Next highlighted.
  3. You may be prompted for a 2-Step Verification code. Fulfill the request and select Next.
  4. You may be brought back to the 2-Step Verification settings page. Under Google Prompt, select Add Phone.
    Google prompt option.
  5. Select Get Started.
    Google Prompt setup with Get Started highlighted.
  6. Locate your phone and click NEXT. If your phone was not detected then choose either Set up your Android phone or Set up your iPhone (5S or later).
    Add phone dialog.

Google Prompt Setup for Android

On Your Computer

  1. You'll be given a brief overview of the process.
    Overview of phone setup.

On Your Android Smartphone

  1. Open Settings on your phone.
    Android Settings.
  2. Select Accounts.
    Android Settings with Accounts highlighted.
  3. Select Add account.
    Accounts with Add account highlighted.
  4. Select Google.
    Add an account with Google highlighted.
  5. Enter your Gmail account address and then select Next.
    Google sign in with email and next button highlighted.
  6. Enter your Gmail password then select Next.
    Google Password prompt with password and Next button highlighted.
  7. You may receive a 2-Step Verification code for this sign in, just as you will for every sign in on your Google account. Enter the code you receive, then select Next.
    2-Step Verification prompt with code entry and Next button highlighted.
  8. Read carefully, then agree to the Terms and Conditions to continue.
    Google terms and conditions prompt with I Agree highlighted.

On Your Computer

  1. Your phone should be listed now. Select Next.
    Add phone dialog with next highlighted.
  2. You'll be asked to check for the prompt on your phone.
    Try it dialog.

On Your Android Smartphone

  1. Your Android phone will ask to verify you're trying to log in with your computer. Select Yes.
    2-Step Verification Prompt with Yes button highlighted.

On Your Computer

  1. Your computer will confirm everything is setup properly. Select Done.
    It worked prompt with Done highlighted.

Google Prompt Setup for iOS

On Your Computer

  1. You'll be given a brief overview of the process.
    Overview of iPhone setup.

On Your iPhone

  1. Open the App Store.
    Apple App Store.
  2. Select Search in the bottom right corner.
    App Store Search Button.
  3. Type in Google for your search, then select Get for the Google app.
    Search for Google App with Get button highlighted.
  4. Select Open.
    Google app installed with Open button highlighted.
  5. Select the person silhouette in the top-right corner.
    Google App with person silhouette highlighted.
  6. Select Sign in.
    Sign in highlighted.
  7. The Google App will request permission to sign in, select Continue.
    Account sign in permission with Continue highlighted.
  8. Enter your Gmail account address and then select Next.
    Google Sign In with Email field and Next button highlighted.
  9. Enter your Gmail password then select Next.
    Google Password prompt with password and Next button highlighted.
  10. You may receive a 2-Step Verification code for this sign in, just as you will for every sign in on your Google account. Enter the code you receive, then select Next.
    2-Step Verification prompt with code entry and Next button highlighted.
  11. Read carefully, then agree to the Terms and Conditions to continue.
    Google terms and conditions prompt with I Agree highlighted.

On Your Computer

  1. Your phone should be listed now. Select Next.
    Add phone dialog with next highlighted.
  2. You'll be asked to check for the prompt on your phone.
    Try it dialog.

On Your iPhone

  1. Your iPhone will ask to verify you're trying to log in with your computer. Select Yes.
    2-Step Verification Prompt with Yes button highlighted.

On Your Computer

  1. Your computer will confirm everything is setup properly. Select Done.
    It worked prompt with Done highlighted.

Google 2-Step Verification Authenticator App

The Google Authenticator is a small app you can install on your smartphone to provide a single-use code you can use to sign-in to your Google account, similar to the code that is text-messaged to you, but instead it is available without having to wait for a text to arrive. Especially useful if your data or cell service is a bit slow or hit-or-miss near your computer.

You will need to be at your computer with your smartphone nearby to set this option up.

  1. Select Setup under Authenticator App.
    Authenticator App section with Set up highlighted.
  2. Select what kind of phone you have, then select Next.
    Phone Type selection with Next highlighted.
  1. Launch the Play Store on your smartphone.
    Google Play Store.
  2. Select the search bar at the top.
    Google Play Store with Search bar highlighted.
  3. Type in Google Authenticator, then select Google Authenticator from the list.
    Searching for Google Authenticator with Google Authenticator highlighted.
  4. Select Install.
    Google Authenticator App page with Install highlighted.
  5. Select Open to open the app.
    Google Authenticator app page with Open highlighted.

Setting up Google Authenticator on Android

On Your Computer

  1. Make sure you select Android, then Next.
    Authenticator setup with Android and Next highlighted.
  2. Your computer will display a QR code to scan with your phone.
    Setup Authenticator with QR code displayed.

On Your Android Phone

  1. Open Google Authenticator.
    Google Authenticator.
  2. Select Begin.
    Google Authenticator welcome screen with Begin highlighted.
  3. A short tutorial will show you how you'll sign in using Google Authenticator. Select the Right arrow > at the bottom to review these pages, then select Done.
    Tutorial Page 1. Tutorial page 2. Tutorial Page 3.
     
  4. Select Scan a barcode.
    Add account prompt with Scan a barcode highlighted.
  5. Authenticator will ask for permission to use your camera. Select Allow.
    Camera permissions dialog with Allow highlighted.
  6. Point your phone's camera at your computer screen, centering the QR barcode in the red lines.
    Example camera screen.
  7. A 6-digit code will be displayed on your Android phone that changes every 60 seconds or so.
    Example 6 digit rotating code.

On Your Computer

  1. Select Next.
    Authenticator barcode prompt with Next highlighted.
  2. Enter the 6-digit code you see on your phone, then select Verify.
    Code entry and Verify button highlighted.
  3. You may be prompted for your password to verify. Enter your password, then select Next.
    Password entry and Next button highlighted.
  4. You'll get conformation the Authenticator is setup properly. Select Done.
    Authenticator setup screen with Done highlighted.
  5. You'll see that Authenticator app will be listed as your default method of verification.
    Authenticator set as default method.
Whenever you wish to sign-in to your Google account, you'll need to have your smartphone near by.

Open the Authenticator app, and type the code displayed to complete your sign-in.
Remember; with your e-mail address, password, and your phone, your account is entirely accessible. A 3rd party can pretend to be you, and Google will trust them implicitly because they were able to pass a 2-Step Verification.

Treat your phone as you would treat any other highly personal information, such as your Social Security Card, Birth Certificate, or other such documents.
  1. Open the App Store.
    Apple App Store.
  2. Select Search in the bottom right corner.
    App Store Search Button.
  3. Type in Google Authenticator, and select Google Authenticator from the list.
    Searching for Google Authenticator.
  4. Select Get for Google Authenticator.
    Google Authenticator with Get highlighted.
  5. Select Open.

Setting up Google Authenticator on Android

On Your Computer

  1. Make sure you select iPhone, then select Next.
    Set up authenticator dialog with iPhone and Next highlighted.
  2. Your computer will display a QR code to scan with your phone.
    QR Barcode displayed.

On Your Android Phone

  1. Open Google Authenticator.
    Google Authenticator.
  2. Select Begin Setup.
    Authenticator welcome with Begin Setup highlighted.
  3. Select Scan barcode.
    Scan barcode option highlighted.
  4. Authenticator will ask for permission to use your camera. Select OK.
    Camera Permissions dialog with OK highlighted.
  5. Point your phone's camera at your computer screen, centering the QR barcode in the red lines.
    Barcode scanner.
  6. A 6-digit code will be displayed on your Android phone that changes every 60 seconds or so.
    Authenticator with code displayed.

On Your Computer

  1. Select Next.
    Barcode display with Next highlighted.
  2. Enter the 6-digit code you see on your phone, then select Verify.
    Code entry and Verify button highlighted.
  3. You may be prompted for your password to verify. Enter your password, then select Next.
    Password entry and Next button highlighted.
  4. You'll get conformation the Authenticator is setup properly. Select Done.
    Authenticator setup screen with Done highlighted.
  5. You'll see that Authenticator app will be listed as your default method of verification.
    Authenticator set as default method.
Whenever you wish to sign-in to your Google account, you'll need to have your smartphone near by.

Open the Authenticator app, and type the code displayed to complete your sign-in.
Remember; with your e-mail address, password, and your phone, your account is entirely accessible. A 3rd party can pretend to be you, and Google will trust them implicitly because they were able to pass a 2-Step Verification.

Treat your phone as you would treat any other highly personal information, such as your Social Security Card, Birth Certificate, or other such documents.

Google 2-Step Verification Additional Phones

  1. Under Voice or text message, click ADD PHONE.
    List of verified phone numbers
  2. If prompted, sign in to your account.
    Google sign in page
  3. You may be prompted for a 2-Step Verification code. Fulfill the request and hit NEXT.
  4. You will be brought to the phone setup screen.
    Phone setup screen asking for phone number
  5. Pick your country in the drop down box.
  6. Fill in your phone number in the space provided.
  7. Choose Text message.
  8. Click DONE.
  9. You will now see an additional mobile phone in the 2-Step Verification settings screen under Voice or text message. The new number however will show up as Not verified.
    List of mobile phone numbers in 2 step verification
  10. In order to verify the phone, click the Edit symbol.
    Edit button
  11. Click VERIFY.
    Select phone number verification screen
  12. Click NEXT.
    Select verification method screen
  13. A text message will be sent to your phone with a 6-digit verification code.
    Example text message verification code
  14. Enter the code in the space provided. If you didn't get one, click Resend.
    Verification screen with code entered
  15. Click DONE.
  16. On the 2-Step Verification settings page, the phone you just added will show Verified.
    List of verified phone numbers
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