How Do I Enable Two Step Verification with Google?

While a strong password can help protect your Google account, it can only do so to an extent. Therefore, two-step verification reduces the chances of hackers or other outsiders gaining unauthorized access to your information. Also, by adding more than one security method, you create effective security measures that are more likely to deflect hackers. By following instructional steps, you can verify your account permanently.

Jeff Whelpley is the editor / author responsible for this content.
Dec 9, 2022

If you want to add an extra layer of security to your Google account, enabling two-step verification is crucial to protect your data and identity. You can restrict hackers from obtaining your login information and other data, reducing the chance of losing access to your account. A brief detailed guide can help you secure your account effectively, preventing hackers from compromising your login and user history.

Before You Verify Your Google Account

When you log in to Google, you will only be required to verify your account once. After your initial confirmation, you have the option to choose "Remember this device," registering your computer or mobile phone for future logins. Unless you clear your web browser's cache or update your password, Google will not prompt you to repeat the procedure on that specific device.

How to Activate Google Two-Step Authentication

Google makes its authentication procedure easy for its users to protect their accounts from hackers. Since the platform draws countless scammers looking to access sensitive data, it emphasizes the importance of its security features. Also, you can easily secure multiple Google accounts using the same steps for every additional account verification.

If you're ready to authenticate your account, follow the steps below to start the process on a Desktop:

  1. Log in to your Google account.
  2. Click the Security tab on the left then choose "2-step verification."
  3. Click "Get Started."
  4. Type your Google password, then verify your identity.
  5. Click "Try It Now" and tap "Yes" on the Google pop-up.
  6. Confirm your phone number.
  7. Enter your code and click "Next."
  8. Click Turn On to enable two-factor authentication.

Google authentication using iOS and Android defers from the desktop method. To start the process, you need to retrieve a verification code through the authenticator app:

  1. Go to your Google Account.
  2. Tap "Security" then choose "2-step verification."
  3. Tap Set up.
  4. Follow the steps.

If you've followed every step but still haven't received your code, ensure you have the latest phone software. Also, disable apps that interfere with incoming text messages. Then, restart your phone and try resending the code manually.

Contacting the Google Support Team

The best way to reach out to a Google representative is through the support team help desk. You can receive priority assistance, depending on the severity of your issue.

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