Gmail 2-Step Verification (Turn on & Turn off) Complete Setup

About Google’s Gmail Service

Google has a very long list of its services for home and business users. Gmail is one of the most used and free email service of Google over the internet. Users allowed to access and use Gmail on any web browser or can configure to third-party application like- outlook, thunderbird, etc by using POP or IMAP method. When Google launched Gmail service for users, at its initial stage, an individual user got 1 GB of free storage. Now days, an individual user has 15 GB of free storage access from Google. By using Gmail web services, you can send email to any part of the world to any of your friend or family members or you can use it for your business purpose. For security purpose, Google provides Gmail 2-step verification set up within the account so that the user can prevent their account from any mishappening.

How do we secure Google account?

I am sure you must have a Gmail account. But are you sure that your Gmail account is secure enough. In this digital era, there are many loopholes in this internet world, wherein you might lose your account access anytime. I wish this would not happen to you. In my opinion, security is better than to wait for any mishappening. To prevent your Google account from any unlikely events, we have an option in Google settings in which we can authenticate or Gmail login by using Gmail 2-Step Verification method. Gmail 2-Step Verification Setup Click To Tweet

Gmail 2-Step Verification Setup (Step-by-Step)

If you use Gmail regularly and linked to several websites, services, etc. then, secure your Gmail account right now by enabling Gmail two-step verification method. If two-factor authentication is enabled in your Google account, nobody gets into your account to pass the verification. Check out below steps to turn on or off Gmail two-step verification:

Step 1. Launch any of your web browser (Edge, Internet Explorer, Chrome, Firefox, etc.) and Sign-in to Google My Account. Login with your existing user Id and password.

Step 2. You will see your Google account personalized dashboard. Navigate to the left pane and click on “Security”. Now, in right side, you will see options and by default, 2-step verification for a Google account is always off until we turn on. Click on “2-Step Verification”.

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Step 3. You will be redirected to the next page where you need to click on “GET STARTED” and in next screen it will ask you to enter your current password. Type your existing Gmail password and click on “Next

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Step 4. Here, in this place, Google wants to verify your identity by sending a text message or with an automated phone call by which you will receive a code from Google. Check the listed phone number before you proceed and then, click “Next”.

Note: If choosing Text message option, make sure you have text message services enabled by your service provider.

Step 5. Check your registered phone number, you have received a code if selected text message from previous step or an automated call. Enter that in this box (as shown on below image) and click “Next”.

Step 6. Finally, you are at the last step, just need to click on “TURN ON” button to continue. Gmail 2-Step Verification Setup Click To Tweet

Final Step

Step 7. On this screen, click on “TURN ON” button and 2-step verification method will be turned on for your Google account and for all the related services including Gmail. At last, Google will show you the confirmation message that your number is verified and set for verification method.

gmail 2-step verificationIn addition, you will get a confirmation email regarding turning on the 2-step verification. Now from next login, you need to enter the 2-step verification code each time in order to login to your Gmail account.

Important Notes:
  • To use Gmail 2-step verification, always keeps your phone number with you at the time of login
  • Always, keep your phone number up-to-date on Google account because without registered number you can’t login to your account
  • In case you will change your number, do not forget to replace phone number on Google account with the old number
  • Do not share the verification code to anyone Gmail 2-Step Verification Setup Click To Tweet

Turn off Gmail 2-Step Verification

If you feel that you do not require 2-step verification for your Google/Gmail account. You may turn it off anytime by going to the account settings.

Navigate to Google My Account then, reach on Step 7 as above and click on “TURN OFF” button, it may ask you for your existing password, enter your password and 2-step authentication will be turned off.

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