How to change your Gmail password

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How to change or reset your Gmail password if you have forgotten it, on computer and phone. To reset your Gmail password, you will need to select the “Forgot Password” option on the login screen.

After clicking this option, you will be asked to provide your recovery phone number or email address to Google - a link will be sent to you to change your password. Once you've reset your Gmail password, you'll need to create a new one.

So you just found out that your Gmail password isn't working. In the moment of panic that follows, you are probably wondering if you have been hacked or if you simply can't remember what the password was.

The good news is that you probably haven't been hacked - Google sends notifications and alerts every time someone logs into a new device or changes your password, so maybe you haven't logged in for a while.

However, it is a hassle not to be able to access your email and you will probably want to remedy this situation as quickly as possible. Fortunately, it's very easy to change your Gmail password from your computer or phone, as long as you set up a recovery method at first - a backup email or phone number.

Here's how to change or reset your Gmail password, both from your phone and from your computer.

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How to change or change your Gmail password

  1. Go to the Gmail login screen on your device and type in the name of the account you need to recover.
  2. When it asks you to enter your password, press the phrase "Forgot your password?" Instead. in blue below.
  3. If you can, type in the last password you remember using with your Gmail account. Gmail does this in case you haven't actually forgotten your password.
  4. If the password you enter is actually your current password, you will be redirected to Gmail and you won't have to worry about the rest of these steps.
  5. If the password you enter is an old one or one you've never used, Gmail will automatically take you to step six.
  6. Depending on whether you have a phone connected to your Google account, Google may automatically send a notification to your phone: by pressing “Yes” on this notification, Google will reset your password.
  7. If you do not receive this notification or want to do it in a different way, click "Try another way" at the bottom of the screen.
  8. If you've set up a recovery phone number with this account or another account linked to it, Gmail will give you the option to text or call that number containing a code that you can use to confirm your identity.
  9. If you have your phone with you, select your preferred communication method, then go to step eleven.
  10. If you don't have your phone with you or you don't want Gmail to contact you this way, click “I don't have a phone” below and proceed to step eight.
  11. If you have another email associated with this as a recovery email, Google will give you the option to receive a recovery code to that email. If this method works for you, click "Submit", then proceed to step six.
  12. If, for some reason, you don't have access to the recovery email account, you'll need to click "Try another way", after which Gmail will ask you for an email address you have access to. It will take some time to assess your problem individually and determine if they can help you recover your account. However, there is no guarantee that you will be able to recover your account this way.
  13. Enter the code that was sent to your phone or recovery email address. Note that there is no need to enter the "G -" at the beginning - the entry field fills it in for you. Please enter numbers only.

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Gmail will now ask you to select a new password. Try picking something you won't easily forget, or write it down somewhere safe so you can look at it next time and avoid this hassle.

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