How to Change Your Gmail.com Password
Forgot your Gmail password? Afraid someone may have hacked your account? In just a few simple steps, you can change your Gmail password. Even if there’s no suspicious activity on your account, it’s a good idea to change your password every six months or so to prevent hackers from accessing your account. Follow the steps below to change your Gmail.com password.
Password Change Page
The simplest way to change your password is to visit the “Change Your Password” page.
- If you’re not already signed in, you’ll need to sign in first to change your password.
- Once you’re signed in, you’ll see a form on the right side of the page.
- Enter your current password, new password and then confirm your new password.
- Click the “Change Password” button.
If you’re not sure what your current password is, click the “Don’t know your password?” link. Google will then ask you to type in the last password you remember. Take this time to also verify that you’re signed into the right account.
Google Account Settings
Google also allows you to change your password through the Account Settings page. This is not the same settings tab you’ll find in Gmail. It’s a separate page linked to your Google Account.
On the settings page, you should find a Signing In section. Your recovery email, recovery phone number and 2-step verification settings should be here. This section will also tell you the last time you changed your password.
Click Password. You’ll be redirected to the Change Your Password page. Fill out the form and click “Change Password” to complete the process.
Forgotten Gmail Passwords
If you forgot your Gmail password and are having trouble signing in, you can reset your password on the Google Account Recovery page.
Select the “I don’t know my password” option and a drop-down form should appear. Enter your email address to reset your password.
Once you enter your email, Google will ask you to enter the last password you remember for your account. If you can’t remember any passwords, click the “I don’t know” button. Otherwise, type in the last password you remember and click the “Continue” button.
Creating a Strong Password
When changing your password, there are a few important things you need to keep in mind.
- Your password must be at least 8 characters long.
- You can’t reuse old passwords that have been used in the last 12 months.
- Passwords can contain upper and lowercase letters; symbols; numbers.
To protect your Gmail.com account, create a unique password just for your email account. Here are a few tips to help you create a strong password:
- Use a combination of letters, upper and lowercase letters, and numbers.
- Avoid using common phrases and words as passwords. They’re easy to guess.
- The longer your password is, the harder it will be for hackers to crack it.
If you want to create a long, complicated password, you may consider using a password manager tool to help you keep track of your log-in details for different sites.