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Saturday, June 26, 2021

How to Activate 2-Step Verification in Gmail

 To use 2-Step Verification in Gmail, you must first activate it. To do so, follow the steps below.

  1. 1. Sign in to your Gmail account and select your profile picture or icon.

    Sign in to your Gmail account and select your profile picture or icon.
  2. 2. Select Manage Your Google Account (or Google Account).

    Google settings with Manage your Google Account highlighted
  3. 3. A new tab with your Google account information opens. In the left pane, select Security.

    Google account settings with security highlighted
  4. 4. Under Signing in to Google, select 2-Step Verification.

    Google account settings with 2-Step Verification highlighted
  5. 5. The next screen explains 2-Step Verification. Select Get Started.

    Google 2-step verification screen with Get Started highlighted
  6. 6. Enter your password and select Next.

    Google account screen with password and "Next" highlighted
  7. 7. Enter your mobile device's number, select Text, then select Next.

    Google 2-Step verification screen with phone number, "Text" and "Next" highlighted
  8. 8.Google will send your a confirmation code on your mobile device. Enter the code and select Next.

    Google 2-step verification screen with code and Next highlighted
  9. 9. Google will verify your mobile device. Select Turn On to turn on two-factor authentication. Now you'll be prompted to use your second step each time you log on to Gmail.

    Google 2-step verification screen with "Turn On" highlighted

Disable 2-Step Verification in Gmail

Tired of the second step? Here's how to disable it.

  1. 1. Follow steps 1-4 above. If prompted, enter your Gmail password and select Next.

  2. 2. Respond to whichever method of 2-Step Verification you have activated.

  3. 3. At the top of the screen, select Turn Off.

    Google 2-Step verification settings with Turn Off highlighted
  4. 4. Google shows a warning message asking you to confirm that you really want to disable 2-Step Verification. If you're sure, select Turn Off.

    Google confirmation message with Turn Off highlighted
  5. 5. Google takes a moment to process the change and restore your security settings. Afterward, your settings return to the way they were before you enabled 2-Step Verification.

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