Gmail, being one of Google's first services, is a cornerstone of the company's online presence. So, when you forget your Gmail password, it's almost as if you're an Internet ghost roaming the halls of your previous existence, and I don't mean to exaggerate.

Okay, it's not as horrible as it seems. However, you'll want to change your password as soon as possible to gain access to your account.

The Standard Recovery Procedure for Gmail

Enter the most recent password you can recall you can't remember the question, click "Try a different question."

To receive a password reset email, enter the secondary email address you provided when you created your Gmail account.

For validating your identity and recovering (or changing) your password, Gmail provides many ways.

Fortunately, they're all laid out in a handy wizard that Gmail will lead you through step by step.

Simply click the "forgot password" link on the Gmail sign-in page to begin the password recovery process. After that, you'll be shown a prompting you to enter the most recent password you can recall You'll be asked to continue in a variety of ways if you recall a correct password and have a backup system set up If you can't remember any of them, click "try a different question."

Sending a code to a recovery email is the next option, which assumes that you have a backup e-mail recovery (which you set up way back when you created your Gmail account in the first place). This option will give you a link with a 6-digit number to your secondary email account (which does not have to be Gmail) that will allow you to reset your password and regain access to your account. On this, check your mail. to see the code, then input it to unlock a new password generator A phone number backup option may be available in newer accounts—see below.

If it doesn't work (for example, you don't have access to the account you set up as a backup), click "attempt a different question" again. We're now moving on to less secure account protection tactics, such as security questions like "what is your mother's maiden name?" At least one of these should be easy for you to answer.

Create a new password and confirm it at this stage. You can now access your account once more. Here's how to pick a new password that's both secure and easy to remember.

Keeping Your Account Safe

After you've created a new password, Google will invite you to review your Gmail account's security settings (and your greater Google account in general). If you don't already have a phone number and a current backup email associated with your account, we strongly advise you to do so. They'll make it simple to retrieve your password by sending you a 6-digit pin by email or text message.

Though Gmail used to feature security questions, you can no longer add new ones; you can only remove access to old ones. This is a safeguard put in place since security questions aren't very good at really delivering security. Your previous one will continue to work. As long as you don't manually delete it from this page, it should function.

Once you're in your Gmail account, go to the Google Account Settings page by clicking your profile image in the "My Account" in the upper-right corner (if you haven't set one yet, it's simply the initial letter of your first name).

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  • HOW TO SEE WHAT OTHER DEVICES ARE LOGGED INTO YOUR G+ ACCOUNT

Click "Signing in to Google" on this page. You may verify your recovery email and phone number here, as well as discover which devices and locations last accessed your account. If the latter appears to be out of whack, it's possible that someone is attempting to gain access to your account for illicit intentions.

You might want to look at the other options on the sign-in page. Setting up two-factor authentication is highly recommended, and you can get an authentication prompt on your smartphone instead of entering in a password on the web if you use this Gmail account.

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