Password is the key to privacy and once it is lost, the urge to recover it arises. Also, to maintain privacy, you must be aware of the hackers who keep looking for their next prey. So to prevent yourself from getting into the trap it is always recommended to keep updating your passwords regularly. But what if you have reset the password recently and it is no more there in your memory. If it is about Gmail, no need to worry as Google provides different ways to recover the secret key.
There are multiple scenarios where different reset
processes are applied to recover Gmail password as explained below:
you have a phone number or alternate email address linked to your account.
Google’s Account Recovery page provides all the steps to recover the password. You must have a phone number or secondary email address linked to your Gmail account and after that, follow the steps listed below:
There you need to click on the link ‘I forgot my Google password’.
On the Account Recovery screen, enter your
complete Gmail address and click ‘Next’.
You will be asked to enter any of the
recovery information such as your phone number or email address where you will
receive a verification code.
You will receive a verification code on your
phone or email address depending on what information you have entered.
Enter the code in the space provided and
after verifying, create a new password for your account and confirm it.
you have no recovery information such as phone number or email address.
This can be somewhat critical than the previous one and
the only source to get the login information of your Gmail account is by
checking the browser’ history that you use to access the account. If the
history has your email account information stored, you are good to go, if not,
alas, nothing can be done now.
your Gmail account was created when Google supported security questions.
Good news for those who are still using their old Gmail accounts containing security questions. Gmail password recoverycan also be done by answering the security questions you have selected while creating the account.
But Google no longer supports security questions and they
are not deleting the existing ones as well. Therefore, now you cannot add or
change a security question except for deleting them. The questions were not that
much secure as they were thought of and a simple guess was enough to get into
someone’s account, hence this recovery method was discarded.
So now you know if you will be able to recover the
account or not. To successfully complete Google’s
Account Recovery process, you
must have a close hint of your last password, access to the verification code received
on phone number or alternate email address.
Instead of performing the time-consuming recovery
process, you must try to not get into such a tricky situation in the first
place. This can be done by doing all that it takes to secure your Gmail
Most importantly, you must add a phone number
and a secondary email address to your account. This will make the entire
recovery process easy breezy whenever you forgot
Gmail doesn’t support security questions as
hackers were able to crack them easily. So even if you still have those
questions as a way of accessing, delete them as they are no more secure now.
You must also consider checking which devices
last accessed your account and from where from the Google account’s settings
page. If anything looks suspicious, you must immediately change the password.
On the same page, you can also activate
2-step verification for your Gmail account to make it more secure.
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