Forgetting your Gmail password can be very inconveniencing and troubling. Especially since we have our important information there and also, having our Gmail account at the center of our online activities by rerouting all our information on social media or personal data recovery on other sites back to Gmail account.
Recovering or changing your password may not just be because you forgot it but the need to do so may be dependent on the fact that your friends, family or stranger may have gotten access to your password. This can happen when you log in to a public computer, or maybe you urgently need information from your Gmail account and you don’t have access to it where you are. Hence, a dire need to call a friend or family and giving them your login information to access your account.
It is even advisable to change your Gmail password at regular intervals because of malicious logins by hackers.
However, there is no cause for alarm if you cannot remember your Gmail password or change your login password because resolving it is very easy and takes only a couple of minutes to get your password back or change it.So to change your password follow the steps below.
How to change your Gmail Password.
Go to Gmail login page and sign in using your email address and password.
Click on the ‘Settings’ gear in your Navigation bar (which is located at the top right corner of the page).
In the settings menu, select ‘Accounts and Import’ which is the 4th in the tab category.
Under the ‘Accounts and Import’ Click on ‘Change Password’ which is first on the list of the available options.
You will then be redirected to ‘My Account’ window where you will be required to type in your new password.
It will then take you to “My Account” window where you’ll be required to type in your new password. Under it, there is another space to confirm the new password. All you need to do is type the new password again.
Enter the new password (you will be required to input it twice to be fully sure of the password you have chosen).
Finally, after inputting the password, click “Change Password” at the bottom of the screen and you have successfully change your password.
Note: When selecting your password, it is advisable to mix it up with alphabets, numbers, and signs to make it unpredictable and hard to guess. It will also help in protecting against some type of hacking.
How To Recover A Forgotten Gmail Password
What if you can’t remember your password? Not to worry you might still be able to recover it using different recovery options. Follow the guide below to recover your forgotten password.
- Begin Retrieval Process
If you are having trouble signing in to Gmail with your password, just below the login screen you will see an option ‘having trouble signing in?’. When you click on it, it will prompt you to enter the email address you want to access. Try entering the last password you remember, if it doesn’t work for you there are other options. If you have an Android device synced previously with google, Google can try to reset your password on it. Google can also send an automated text to your phone with the number that was provided during your Gmail sign up. If you don’t have access to your phone or you never provided your phone number during sign up, the next option Google offers is to use an alternative email address.
If you have an Android device that was synced previously with google, Google can try to reset your password on it. Google can also send an automated text to your phone with the number that was provided during your Gmail sign up. If you don’t have access to your phone or you never provided your phone number during sign up, the next option Google offers is to use an alternative email address.
- Use Alternative Email Address
During sign up, one of the requirements was to provide an alternate email to track your primary mail in case you forget. You will only be able to see part of the email for security reasons. If you do happen to remember the email, Click ‘Continue’. You will receive a recovery link from Google to reset your password.
- Try Other Options
If you don’t have access to your alternate email, you can drop another email so that Google can contact you. You will be asked general questions pertaining to your email address that you can’t access, such as when last you had access to your mail and when you created it. If you are able to give a satisfactory answer, you will receive an instructional email on setting up a new password.
Setting Up Your Recovery Options
If you are logged in, just go to your recovery options to update the details in case of next time. Most especially your recovery email and active phone number. If this post was helpful, please do share.