How to enable 2 step verification for Google account

April 2, 2021

Nowhere the need to appear self-assured is more apparent than in the digital space. Hacking instances have only gotten worse in recent years. To curb this menace tech juggernauts have come up with a more robust and foolproof solution – 2 step authentication. It’s a standard that uses PIN-based logins to authenticate users, making their accounts more difficult to crack by unwanted parties. We are here to show you how to set up 2 step verification for Google account and add an extra step of security to it.

How to set up 2 step verification for Google account

Strong passwords can help, but to be as secure as possible, you need to have 2 step verification for Google enabled. All tech bigwigs, from Twitter to Facebook and Google to Amazon, recommend using this method. Here’s how to use Google 2-step authentication.

  1. Create your Google account or log in to your existing one.
  2. Go to Security.
  3. Scroll down to sign in to Google.
  4. Select 2 Step verification option.
  5. Hit the Get started button.
  6. Follow the on-screen instructions to set up google 2 step authentication.

When you complete the above steps successfully, you'll need your password and phone to sign in to your account.

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 Turn on Google 2 step verification.

This method drastically reduces the chances of fraud, data loss, or identity theft.

Login to your Google account or create a new one if you haven’t done it already. Alternatively, you can visit this page to get started.

My Google Account
My Google Account

Here, navigate to the Security tab under the left navigation menu. Its settings and recommendations are designed to help you keep your account secure.

Now, move to Signing into Google section.

Select the 2-Step Verification option.

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Get Started Button
Get Started Button

When directed to a new screen, hit the Get Started button.

At this step, you’ll be prompted to enter a password, type in your password.

When done, hit the Next button.

Here, you can choose any one of the following methods –

  • Google 2 factor authentication key or a Security key – a small security device is used for signing in. However, to use a physical key, you’ll be required to purchase a Titan Security Key or any FIDO-compliant security key. Google recommends buying 2 separate keys – one as your main key, and one as a backup.
  • A text message or a voice call – This requires your phone as your second step to sign in. Google will securely send prompts to every phone you're signed in with. You’ll simply need to tap the notification you see on the device’s screen to review it and sign in.

Select the desired method to proceed. For convenience sake, I selected the Smartphone method.

Setup Your Phone
Setup Your Phone

Next, select how you would like to get a Google 2 factor authentication code, through Text message or Phone Call. Select an option and hit the Next button, thereafter.

Google 2 Factor Authentication Code
Google 2 Factor Authentication Code

Google will send a text message with a verification code. Enter it to confirm that it works.

Google 2 Step Verification iPhone
Google 2 Step Verification iPhone

Press the Turn On button.

Note - The extra layer of security you add to your Google account with this option is simply a numeric code; a few digits sent to your phone, which can only be used once.

How do I turn off 2 step verification?

You can disable this verification method anytime. Simply go to myaccount.google.com/ page.

Switch to the Security Tab and look for Signing in to Google heading again.

Turn Off 2 Step Verification Google
Turn Off 2 Step Verification Google

Under it, turn Off the toggle for 2-Step Verification.

Google 2-step verification iPhone not working?

Numerical Code
Numerical Code

In most cases, it is seen, users enter the entire code alongside an alphabet. Something like G-XXXXXX. You must simply enter the numbers seen in the code to validate it.

Hope that makes sense!

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