How to Enable Two-Step Verification on Your Gmail Account

Enabling two-step verification (also known as two-step authentication) on your Google account adds an extra layer to your Google account login process. Thus, your Google account becomes more secure.

For beginners, let me quickly explain how this works:

Before enabling two-step verification, all you need to provide is email and password for log into your account.

However, after you have enabled this option, you will need to provide email, password, and pin (or something depending on what option you have set) to enter into your account.

Keep in mind that you cannot login to your account without the pin (or whatever you set).

Here is an important thing to note before proceeding:

  • You can't enable two-step verification separately for a Google service such as Gmail. You can only enable it to your entire Google account. It means all the Google services associated with the Google account will get two-step verification once you have enabled it. 

You can use the below steps on both the PC and Mobile devices such as Android. In this instance, I am using PC.

Without further ado, let’s see the steps to do this task.

Enable Two-Step Verification on Gmail Account

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    Go to this URL.
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    Now, find and click “2-Step Verification” option.
2-Step Verification
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    Click on "Get Started" button. 
Two step verification get started screen
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    On the next screen, enter your password.
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    Enter your mobile number if you do not want to use the phone number that Google automatically fills up for you. Choose "Text message" or "Phone call" as per your preference. In this instance, I choose "Text message."
2-Step Verification phone setup screen
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    In the next screen, enter the code you received on your mobile device and click "Next."
Verification code entering screen
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    Click "Turn On" option.
Two step verification turn on option

That’s it. The two-step verification is enabled on your Google account. From now on, while you sign into your account, you will be asked password and verification code (you will receive this as a text message).

Changing Second Step

After you enabled Google two-step verification, you should be on a screen where you can change the second step.

It means that you can change the text verification code with some other options that are available on that screen.

If you wish, you can change it with the option you prefer. In this instance, let me change the text verification with the "Google Prompt."

Here’s what your sign in the process looks like after you have added Google Prompt to your account:

  • You enter your password.
  • You will receive a prompt on your mobile, and all you need to do is tapping "Yes."

If you are OK with this, then let’s see the steps to add this to the account.

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    Just click "Add Google Prompt" option.
Add Google Prompt
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    Click "Get Started."
Google prompt get started screen
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    Just choose your mobile and click "Next."
Add Phone screen
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    Now, Google allows you to try this option.
Try it screen
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    Your mobile device should be shown a screen like this now:
Google Prompt on mobile
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    Tap "Yes" on the screen.

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    Now, you can see a screen like this on your computer:

Two step verification worked notification
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    That’s it. All done. The Google Prompt is set as your default second step now.

You can change your second step at any time and here are the steps:

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    Go to this link.​​​​
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    Provide your password and your current second step.

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    Now, you should be on the screen where you change the second step as per your wish.

Turn Off Two-Step Verification

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    Go to this link.
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    Provide your password and second step.
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    Click on "Turn Off" button at the top.

Turn off two-step verification
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    In the confirmation popup, click on "Turn off" option.

Final Thoughts

I highly suggest you to set the "Backup codes" method even though you have set up another method as your default second step. Because this way can help you to access your account when you do not have your device or your device is lost or stolen.

Just go to the page where you can change the second step. Click on "Set up" option in the "Backup codes." You will be shown a list of codes, and you can use each code only once. Just download or print it and kept it in the safe place.

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