Learn How to Enable Mobile Login Verification on Your Gmail Account
It’s easier than you think for someone to steal your Gmail password. Whether you use your email for business or personal use, your information may be at risk if your account isn’t protected. To better secure your Gmail account, Google recommends setting up mobile verification, otherwise known as 2-step verification.
How Mobile Verification Works
As the name suggests, 2-step verification adds an extra step to the Gmail sign in process.
- You will be asked to enter your password. Like any other account, Google will ask you to enter your password when first signing into Gmail.
- You will be asked to enter a code. A code will be sent to your mobile device, and you will enter that code.
In order for 2-step verification to work properly, you need to have a mobile device that can receive verification codes either through a phone call or a text message. Just about all BlackBerry, Android and iPhone devices are compatible. All codes will be generated through the Google Authenticator app.
How to Enable Mobile Verification on Your Gmail Account
To set up 2-step verification:
- Sign into your Google account.
- Navigate to Sign-in & Security, and select Signing into Google. If you’re already logged into Gmail, you’ll need to click on your profile picture on the top right side of the screen, and click “My Account”. From here, you can click Signing into Google.
- Choose 2-Step Verification. A page will be displayed that will explain how mobile authentication works.
- Click Get Started.
- Enter your Gmail password.
- Enter your phone number, and select how you would like Google to send your codes. You have the option of either receiving a voice call, or a text message.
- Google will then send a verification code to your mobile phone. You’ll be asked to enter the code.
- Google will then ask you if you’re using a trusted computer. When signing in through a trusted computer, you will only need to enter a verification code once every 30 days. If you’re using a trusted computer, such as your home computer, check the Trust this Computer box and click “Next”.
- Click confirm to turn on mobile verification.
Once 2-step verification has been enabled, you can add multiple backup phone numbers. So, if you lose your mobile phone or get a new phone number, you can still log into your Gmail account. You also have the option of printing out codes, so if you decide to travel, you can log into your account while you’re away.
Once you have 2-step verification set up, you can then head over to settings and choose App Passwords. Click the button to manage passwords for applications. From here, you can generate app-specific passwords for certain applications. You will also have the option of revoking passwords for old applications that you no longer use, or accounts that could have been compromised.
Setting Up Mobile Verification with Your Mobile Device
Alternatively, you also have the option of setting up mobile verification through your mobile device. Simply sign into your Gmail account using your cell phone, and Google will ask you if you would like to set up 2-step verification. From here, you can follow the steps listed above to quickly and easily set up mobile verification.
Mobile verification will help keep your Gmail account secure by adding an additional step to the sign-in process. Unlike other 2-step verifications, Google’s method is convenient and simple. When using a trusted computer, you will only be asked to enter your mobile code once every 30 days instead of each time you sign in.