How to Reset Your Gmail Password

There’s never a wrong time to change your Gmail password. It’s always good to routinely switch your password for security purposes. Furthermore, you never know when a security breach will occur or if a hacker has compromised your account behind the scenes.

How to Reset Your Gmail Password

To ensure your Gmail messages and account settings remain private, change your Gmail password every few months. Even if you do this, you may sometimes forget your password since it gets changed frequently.

How to Reset Your Gmail Password if You Forgot It

If you can’t remember your Gmail password and think you’ve tried entering every possible combination under the sun, it might be time to reset it if you ever want to reaccess those precious emails.

To reset your forgotten Gmail password, you must have a registered backup email or mobile phone number in your account. Otherwise, Google cannot send a confirmation code to reset it.

Without one of the two requirements, Google prompts you to retry logging in, which brings you to a standstill. The only exception is if Google detects that you have logged in on that device before, it displays the new password option automatically, whether you entered an actual password or not. Here’s how to reset your unremembered password:

  1. Navigate to “Google Account Recovery.”


  2. Enter the email address that you’re trying to access and click “Next.”


  3. In the prompt that appears, click on “Try another way.”


  4. Request a verification code to your linked mobile phone number or backup email. If you only have one of the two, it will automatically send the code to the registered option. Enter the code and click “Next.”


  5. In the “Change Password” screen, create your new password, confirm it, then click on “Save password.”


  6. After saving your new password, the Security Checkup screen appears. Click “Continue.”


  7. You will now see your “Google Account” page, and your new password is now active.

As previously mentioned, the above steps require a registered backup email, phone number, or both. If you didn’t set either security option, you can’t change your forgotten password unless Google detects that you’ve signed in before on that device. For Google to detect previous login occurences, skip clicking on “Try another way,” as shown above in Step 3, and guess your current or older password instead.

How to Change Your Existing Gmail Password when You Know It

If you already know your current password and can access your account, resetting it is as easy as clicking a link.

  1. Sign in to myaccount.google.com.


  2. Click on “Security” in the left menu, scroll down to the “Signing in to Google” section.


  3. Click “Password,” then enter your current password if prompted.


  4. Enter your new password and confirm it, then click on “CHANGE PASSWORD.”

How to Prevent Gmail Sign-In Issues

Suppose you can’t remember any of your security details, like your linked recovery email, or you no longer have access to your phone number. In that case, it’ll be incredibly tough to reset your password.

We recommend two things if the above scenario occurs.

  1. First, ensure you set up two-factor authentication and that your email address gets linked to a phone number that you will always use.



  2. Second, invest in a good free or paid password manager that will keep your passwords secure and continuously accessible. That way, you won’t lose your password again and can easily find it using the application.


  3. Lastly, set up the backup codes function and store them somewhere safe. Google allows users to have ten backup codes at one time. This step is helpful when you get locked out. If you lose the codes at any point, getting new ones will wipe out the old ones for added security.


Tips when Using Google Account Recovery

Unfortunately, a hacked Gmail account can be challenging to access because the interloper may have changed your phone information or your backup email address, which affects the password reset processes above.

With all of Gmail’s security features, including Google 2-Factor Authentication (2FA), experience teaches that a Gmail account is not impenetrable.

The first thing to do (assuming you’ve already tried the password reset instructions above) is go back to the Account Recovery page as you did in the first process (How to Reset Your Gmail Password if You Forgot It). Then, utilize the following tips when trying again.

Other tips to help you get your account back using the Recovery Tool:

  • Use a familiar device, whether it’s a smartphone, a browser on a computer, or even a tablet. If you’ve used your Gmail account on that device, go back to that device for recovery.
  • When choosing to use your last password, Google will ask for the last one you used, but many people have found that older passwords work just fine too to get you through the password reset process.
  • When using your recovery email account, use the same recovery email as you did before the account got hacked.

Keep in mind that you can use Google Account Recovery more than once. If you fail the first time, try again.

Frequently Asked Questions

How often should I change my Gmail password?

Some security experts state that you should change your password every three months. You may wonder if that’s overkill.

While it’s not a terrible idea, you don’t necessarily have to change your account password that much.

For starters, stop using the same password for every account. If one account gets hacked, all of them will. Use a unique password of fifteen or so characters, numbers, and letters. You could also create an algorithm for each password, so it’s easier to remember.

Next, please keep all of your contact information up-to-date and check it frequently. Once a hacker is in your account, they won’t have access long. With notifications, backup email addresses, 2FA, and text alerts, you’ll get notified immediately as long as your contact info is current.

I can’t get the 2FA code, so what else can I do?

If you can’t receive a ‘2FA’ code, the account recovery tool will guide you as a replacement. It’s worth noting that Google suggests creating an entirely new Gmail account if the account recovery tool doesn’t work. Unfortunately, you’ll need to update the credentials on every external service you used the old one for (account logins, banking, etc.).

How can I contact Google?

Google does not have a support team to help with free accounts (in this case, your Gmail account). So, it IS NOT as simple as making a phone call for help. This problem doesn’t mean you’re left entirely in the wind, of course.

Google provides two links for additional help signing in. The first is the help center, and the second is the recovery form. Although neither will get you to a live person, both can help provide account recovery options specific to your needs.

I don’t have my password, phone number, or backup email. Is there anything else I can do?

This question is a widespread one that requires some out-of-the-box thinking. The first step is to check your devices unless you can navigate Google’s security questions, including the exact date you created your account. Is the account still active on an old smartphone, laptop, or tablet? If logged in on another device, you can’t use the option, but you can update the security settings.

Next, are you unable to access your backup email? Whether you’re using a Gmail account or another email client, complete the password reset process on that account and try to reaccess your Gmail.

Indeed, there are other ways to get back into your account, but it may take some creativity on your part. Otherwise, you’ll need to create a new Gmail account.

Wrapping Up

Recovering a lost password can be a frustrating experience. Luckily Google gives you multiple methods to try when trying to recover a Gmail password. As always, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure; make sure you take the proper security steps before you are caught in a password-related crisis. Have any questions, experience, tips or tricks about resetting a google password? Please let us know in the comment section below.

30 thoughts on “How to Reset Your Gmail Password”

JK says:
I lost my authenticator app mobile and the SIM also don’t have any recovery email configured. How can i reset my password.(old password not working).
Mareese says:
Hi I have tried all the varies methods as I dont use the previous number my gmail was connected too anylomger they then asked for am email that they can send a code too to which I did an the code was sent I inserted this code and cannot get into my google account I have lost memories of photos [email protected]
Steve Larner says:
Need more information/more specifics.
Kim Libera says:
Too complex. Google does not call or text instantly problem 1. It continues to employ an old email that I use as a secondary, not my primary gmail account. It won’t accept a new 8 letter p/w I input w/ letters & #s. I don’t see any security questions in the menu–which would be much easier.
jenny Bosworth says:
I cannot get to my emails and I have an important one I have not seen.
Hariom patel says:
i forgot my Gmail password and also forgot of recovery account password , I don’t have that mobile number and when i click on forgot password so they ask me for OTP which I don’t have , then i click on try another way then there is no any other option
Phindile says:
I try to recover my account but Google said this is not belong to me
kavisha says:
hi, i forgot my Gmail password,i have my phone n get the code but i dont have backup email
Please help .Is there anything else I can do?
Steve Larner says:
Does it present an option to try a different method?
Usman says:
I had fill a NYIF loan program with my Gmail, I made a mistakes for writing a @gmaul.com, as for @gmail.com. which I am not get the feedback from the NYIF
My Gmail is : [email protected]
The mistake is [email protected], please help me Allah massage bto delivery to my Gmail or update to update my Gmail
Steve Larner says:
There’s really nothing you can do except contact NYIF.
Yerniraju says:
Couldn’t verify account belong s to you problem
Steve Larner says:
Try again later. Perhaps Google had a glitch in the system.
Adeniran kemi bola says:
I want get my Gmail password back because I have forgot it
Steve Larner says:
Use “Forgot Password.”
Medam Akhil says:
I don’t have the mobile number which is linked with that
Kanwal says:
I have forgotten my password of Gmail account and also give the same email I’d as recovery email..I really need the my Gmail account plz help me how can I opened my Gmail account..plz help me
stephanie jackson says:
wHAT DO YOU DO WHEN THE DEVICE YOU HAD GOT STOLEN
Steve Larner says:
Go to your Google account(s) one by one and in the settings, there should be a “Log out of all devices” option.
Nicholas C Alexander says:
I’ve done all this multiple times. I still have access to my email but only on my iPhone. I can’t sign in anywhere else. I’ve had the same phone number sense I was 13 I’m 19 now. The email I made with that phone number. Still nothing. I’m hoping y’all didn’t let someone else have access and some joe cancel me out and change my password. I gave multiple passwords which it wouldn’t let me change back to, to prove that it’s my account. Still nothing. It has been forever before all I had was a phone but I bought a computer and had to make a hole new windows. Thanks a lot for that costed me at lot of time and money. I’ve waited for you to figure out the obvious still NOTHING. I have access to the email that I’m trying to get on my computer and YouTube so you can use that to contact me. Or phone or what ever.
Steve Larner says:
Do you have the iPhone stored in the account as a two-factor authenticator? If you do, Google would send a verification code for every new device you try to log into. If you don’t select “Yes,” it won’t give the device access.
Deborah. Applegate says:
Well I’ve been trying to recover my primary G-Mail account for weeks I’ve gone threw all the step and it tells me there not and account in my name but yet facebook has my right account has my primary. It’s funny that it knows my recover E-mail and my security question. It’s crazy.
Steve Larner says:
It doesn’t matter what Facebook has stored in their database. What matters is what Google has in theirs. Perhaps someone hacked the Google account or you used a different spelling in the name for your Gmail.
bonnie gilbert says:
I cannot get into my acct. Google sends code to my recovery email, but they’re using one that I deleted. I have fingerprint, pattern, 2 step verification, phone verification…what do I do now?
Steve Larner says:
Select to use a different method in the authenticator screen.
Ankit Poudel says:
I could not recover my old email which is very important due to double authentication factor.
I have my old sim but not phone, even after I provide the codes I recieved via sms I still don’t get an access to my gmail.
Suzi says:
Hello! I’m tried to recover my account, because I forgot my password. I entered my abv account and then I enter the code from google, but it doesn’t work. What I need to do to recover my account?
Steve Larner says:
Head to Google Gmail directly rather than through an app.
Bantu Gupta says:
I tried too much but was not able to recover my gmail account,if you have any idea give me.
Steve Larner says:
Depends on when and how you tried. Also, if you made numerous attempts at one time, it will probably flag the account.
Mulu Berhe Reda says:
changed the password go back thpe exactly the same new password and says its wrong which is incorrect because when it ask for old password it accepts the password and allows me to continue making a new one.
Steve Larner says:
Try again later.
lavenea says:
How to reset gmail password if the person is no more
Denny Horstman says:
I’m having trouble signing in to my gmail on my computer. How can I do this when it won’t let me use my email address?
Steve Larner says:
It may be sending a two-factor authenticator number to a mobile device or you can check your backup email.
joyce white says:
I don’t remember my password and I have a new phone and phone number. Gmail will not let me do anything to recover.
Steve Larner says:
Is a two-factor authenticator set up? If so, use the option to try a different method.

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