How to Activate Gmail Two-Step Authentication
As part of our feature on two-step authentication, and why you should enable it and use it today, we mention Google as one of the companies that offer this security enhancement. Here is a step-by-step guide for adding two-step authentication to your Gmail account.
Step #1: Turn On Two-Step Verification in Gmail
Step 1Open your Google account.
Step 2Your account page will open. In the left navigation menu, click “Security.”
Step 3On the Security page, scroll down to the “Signing in to Google” section and select “2-Step Verification.”
Step 4On the 2-Step Verification page, click “GET STARTED.”
Step 5Verify it’s you changing the settings by entering your password on the verification page (if prompted). Click “Next” to continue.
Step 6On the 2-Step phone confirmation page, select “CONTINUE” to confirm your phone for 2-Step authentication/verification.
Step 7A verification prompt gets sent to your phone.
Step 8In the verification prompt on your phone, click “YES.”
Step 9On the 2-Step backup options page, confirm or change the phone number and whether you want to receive texts or calls. Click “SEND” when finished.
Step 10A page loads prompting you to confirm that it works. Enter the verification number that was sent to your phone, then click “NEXT.”
Step 11The next page prompts you to turn on 2-Step Verification. Click “TURN ON” to activate the feature.
Step 12A confirmation window will appear, showing that you successfully added 2-Step Verification, and it offers a button to turn it off.