Forgetting your Gmail account’s password can cause you a lot of trouble, your contact information becomes unavailable, calendar and important business information shared through email becomes unreachable.
Google is very efficient in providing its users ways to recover their data, Gmail password recovery is easy and intuitive if you provided the minimum security information required by google during when registering your account.
In case haven’t set up any recovery information such as a phone number or security questions, you may still be able to recover your password, please check the guide below with all possible methods to reset your gmail password.
Get a verification code on my phone:
- Access the Google login page Gmail.com.
- Enter your Email address and then click Next.
- You will be prompted to a box asking you to enter your password, But since you don’t know or can’t remember your password, Click ”Forgot my password”
- You will then see a prompt asking you to enter the last password you remember.
- Below the Next button you will see ”Try a different question” link, Click on it.
- You’ll see another prompt, you will have to choose if you want to receive your verification code to your mobile number via SMS Text or Call.
- In case you have provided your mobile phone number during the registration, You should receive the the verification code, simply insert the code into the box provided by Google to verify it is you.
If you do not have a mobile phone associated with your account, you can click “Verify Your Identity” to answer a series of questions regarding your account.
Reset Gmail Password – Recovery email address:
- You will have to open the Account Support page Again.
- Enter your Email account and proceed.
- Skip any step/question that does not work for you, You can skip by clicking on “Try a different question”.
- The next page will prompt you to send the verification code to a recovery Email address.
- Click on send and wait for Google to reply on the recovery Email’s inbox.
Be sure to check the recovery email, If it doesn’t look familiar or you no longer have access to it then you have to read the next Reset Google Password Method.
If you haven’t provided a recovery email when registering your Gmail account, we are now going to face a new level of difficulty.
Reset Gmail Password – Questions
If you have tried the previous gmail recovery password methods and still can access your account, answering the questions is the only way to to prove your ownership of that account. You’ll be given a series of questions to verify that you own the account. The questions asked are intentionally difficult so that it is easy for the owner to answer them but not for others. Answer as many questions as possible, and make sure your answers are accurate. If you’re unsure about an answer, provide your best guess. It also helps to submit your answers from a computer you’ve used in the past.
- Open Gmail Account support page again.
- Enter your Email Address if it prompts you to.
- Skip previous steps/questions that you might have already tried until you see Month and Year.
- You will get prompted to a difficult question ”When did you create this Google account” If you can provide the correct month and year then you have a shot at resetting your Gmail password.
If this still doesn’t work for you, let’s move to the next step.
- Go Back to the Account Support Page and Skip all previous steps until you get to where you would ”Answer the security question you added to your account“.
All you will have to do afterward is provide the correct answer to the security question you set.
Google recently found that security questions were not really secure at all as most of the answers can be found with a simple Google search. For example Sarah Palin had her Yahoo! account hacked because someone Googled her birthday, ZIP code and where she met her spouse.
If you account was created before 2015 you still have the “Security Questions” added to your account, for account registered after 2015, Google has completely removed support for security questions, users only have the ability to remove existing ones. There is no way to add your security question back in.
Why is it so hard to recover a Google Account?
Google takes privacy and security very seriously and they will only return an account if they are sure that it is to the right owner.
The best way to regain access to your account is to keep your recovery options updated.
If eventually any of your recovery details change, you should immediately update it on Google (Provide Google with your new recovery details).