How To Use Gmail Without a Phone Number

Updated Nov. 14, 2022, by Steve Larner, to reflect current Android/iOS processes to create a Gmail without a phone number.

How To Use Gmail Without a Phone Number

If you want to create a new Gmail account, Google may ask you for a phone number for future authentication. This option was easily skippable in the past, but Google made it more difficult to find. If you don’t want Google to have it, you don’t have one, or maybe you’re just not into sharing your phone number, you’re probably looking for another way to create an account.

Luckily, there are still many ways to bypass using a phone number to create a new Gmail account.

Note: The methods below were tested in Nov. of 2022, and we were able to create Gmail accounts without phone numbers on Android 11 and iPhone/iOS 15.1 devices. Therefore, it is possible!

How Can I Create a Gmail Account Without Verification?

There are multiple ways you can create a Gmail account without verification, from using Android or iOS to any browser on a PC or laptop. One of the easiest ways to do this is through the Gmail app because no matter how you sign up, you can opt-out of giving a phone number for verification.

Keep in mind that although these steps do work, sometimes, when you sign in to another computer or if you sign in for a second time, the app will ask you for your phone number. To avoid this, add another email for verification before you sign in again, so it can ask for that email, then you’re good to go!

Below are the steps you can use to sign up for a Gmail account without a phone number.

Create a Gmail without a Phone Number on Your iPhone

If you have an iPhone, you can create a new Gmail account via the phone’s “Settings” menu without using a phone number.

  1. Go to the “Settings” app from the home screen.
  2. Select “Mail” from the list.
  3. Tap on “Accounts.”
  4. Select “Add Account.”
  5. Select “Google” from the list.
  6. In the permissions popup, select “Continue” to allow “Settings” to use google.com to sign in.
  7. Tap on “Create account” if no Gmails already exist on your iPhone. Otherwise, you’ll see and need to select “Use another account” and then choose “Create account.”
  8. Create your new Google/Gmail account by filling in your name, username, and password, then tap on “Next.”
  9. On the welcome screen, skip the phone number but ensure that you add a recovery email address. You don’t want to get stuck later when you can’t access your new account. Fill in your birthdate and gender, then tap on “Next.”
  10. Tap on “I agree” on the “Privacy and Terms” screen, or choose “More options” first.
  11. Tap on “Allow” in the iOS permissions screen to allow access to your Google account.
  12. iOS now loads the “Gmail” screen where you can turn off sharing your Google mail, contacts, calendars, and notes. Tap on “Save” in the upper-right corner.

Create a Gmail Account without a Phone Number on Android

While the steps for Android users are pretty tedious, the process does give you the option to skip adding your phone number during account creation, as long as you know where to find it. Here’s what to do:

Note: The steps through the settings may vary depending on your phone’s manufacturer. If you get stuck, tap the search icon and type “Accounts.

  1. Open “Settings” on your Android device and tap on “Accounts.” Some users may see “Accounts & Backups.”
  2. Tap on “Manage Accounts” if the option appears. Otherwise, skip to “Step 3.”
  3. Scroll down and tap “Add Account.”
  4. Select “Google.”
  5. Tap “Create Account” then select “For myself” if it appears.
  6. Enter your “First Name” and “Last Name,” then tap on “Next.” You can use your real name.
  7. Select your birth “Month,” “Day,” “Year,” and “Gender,” then tap “Next.” These entries can remain accurate.
  8. Select a “pre-compiled Gmail address” or tap on “Create your own Gmail address.” Type the address you want, then tap on “Next.”
  9. Fill in the “password” box, then tap on “Next.”
  10. You will now see the “Add a Phone Number?” page. Scroll to the bottom, then tap on “More options.” DO NOT select “Skip” or Google will ask for it later!
  11. Select “No, don’t add my phone number,” then tap on “Done.”
  12. On the “Review your account info” screen that appears, tap on “Next.”
  13. Review the “Privacy and Terms” screen, then tap on “I agree.” You can choose “More options” instead if desired.

Now, your new Google account with no phone number attached appears in your device’s Account Settings.

After completing the above steps, you won’t have to add any further information. You can use your new email, and you won’t need to verify any phone numbers as long as you added an authentication email/Gmail address during the registration process.

Creating Gmail Accounts without Phone Numbers FAQs

Is a phone number required to set up a Gmail account?

No. Because Google allows younger users to create an email account; they do not require a phone number. Also, Google lets you use an alternate email for verification purposes as long as you added it. You need to create a secondary email address if you want those verification codes sent to you and to protect your account, which you can do during the setup process or from the Settings menu once your account is created.

Can I secure my email address without a phone number?

Absolutely! But you will need a secondary email address to secure your account correctly. You can also request verification codes and store them safely to log into unknown devices. Finally, if you’re using the email address on a device and try to sign in with a new device, Google will send an account access prompt to the device with your Gmail account.

Google Gmail still asks for a phone number. Why isn’t any of this working for me?

First, ensure that you’ve followed the steps above thoroughly and examined the options on each page to bypass adding a phone number. Just one little missed step can break the whole process. Content has been updated to reflect current processes as of Nov. 2022.

Next, there is a slight possibility that an active VPN can make Google think you’re a bot and, therefore, prevent you from creating an account.

Can I still use a phone number but use it for Multiple Gmail Accounts?

Yes. If you prefer not to skip the phone number and you’re signing up using an actual one, you can use it multiple times to sign up for different Gmail accounts. If you tried to use a spoofed/temp number, you may be unable to use it multiple times, if at all, since Google caught on to fake/disposable numbers.

Can I use the same backup/authentication email address for multiple Gmail accounts?

Yes, you can use your backup email as many times as you want when creating new Gmail accounts without a phone number. Also, adding a secondary/backup/authentication email address ensures you can access your account in the future without Google requiring a phone number. It will ask to send an email for verification instead, but if it does ask for a phone number, there should be an option to use that secondary email.

30 thoughts on “How To Use Gmail Without a Phone Number”

The Dude says:
2023-1-14 I’m logging on to an existing account and have verified with a secondary email address and they still won’t let me in without giving them a phone number, which I have never done before. Also, I wish they would be honest about why they are requiring this. It is to get your identity beyond that which you wish to give in order to use email. It has nothing to do with your security. It helps them track you out into the rest of your life and other places beyond Google mail. I’m sure it’s also great to help police to track you down.
anon says:
question, what if you they ask for your number while doing this method? i wanted to test the limit for it and reacher about a good 8 emails before it asked me for my phone number. is there no way to bypass that? thank you
Steve Larner says:
If you selected “More options” instead of “Skip” during the registration process and chose not to use a phone number, it should have a link or something to use email instead. If you can’t find the workaround, you probably won’t be able to skip the phone number.
Kate says:
Well… But If you create your new email from your smartphone then Google see your telefone number!!!
Steve Larner says:
They do, but you created it by stating you wanted to use email instead of phone for verification/authentication purposes, so that option should remain later, even if it asks for a phone number instead. You should still get an option to use your backup email instead.
micheal sandman says:
google is bs, i already created multiple accounts using good names before, and just to lose it all so much, all due to this phone verification bs, im just using it to play games, i dont have phone numbers, and everytime it log out by it self and ask me for phone number very to access my account…

i dont mean to create 100 accounts, i just want 1, but its log out and i couldnot enter so i have to create another, again and again, just to lose all of them again, now its even asked me for phone just to register calling me a robot or spammers, I DONT HAVE NUMBERS!!… and why do i always get logged out? and need to sign in again just to get to the verification part?

google is bs!…

but good forum tho… thanks for trying to helping us 🙂 much appreciate it 😉

Steve Larner says:
If you don’t add a two-factor/authentication email/Gmail address when making the new Gmail account, you can’t recover it. If that item got added in the creation process, it would prompt for the email instead of a phone number. You can skip the phone number during registration by clicking on “More options” instead of “Skip” when on the “Add phone number?” screen.
Paul O'Quinn says:
Hi Steve,
I have a couple old gmail accounts which I still use. I always added a backup hotmail account for security verification.
I tried to log into one that I use less often, of course it asked to verify my backup email address to send a verification code to which I did.
They sent me the back up code which I entered then it asked me to register a phone # so they could verify it is me.
There is no way to bi-pass this to get into my account now.
I do not want to add a phone #.
Steve Larner says:
I see. If the account was added using only an email, you should have another option to choose other than a phone number. They make it hard to do and find because they want a phone number. What device did you use to try to log in? Perhaps try a totally different type of device.
Hale Siezerr says:
NONE, nothing, nada of this works on a Windows device. You cannot bypass the phone number field.
In addition, none of the one-time SMS number services works, they all produce an error message (“This number has been used too many time”). Because Goolag has a list of all of them, of course.
Steve Larner says:
At least as of November 2022, for BOTH Android 11 and iOS 15.1, you can leave your existing Gmail accounts active. All you need to do is follow the updated instructions and be sure to choose “More options” rather than “Skip” on the “Add a phone number?” screen. No birthday adjustments are necessary. The kicker is to follow the “More options” link I just mentioned. “Skip” will prompt for a phone number later in the process even though you chose to skip it.

——Don’t forget to add a backup/authentication email address, so it asks for that rather than a phone number in the future, such as when you forgot your password.——

Ron says:
Used the first method (create a Gmail account on a phone) and it worked perfectly – e.g. no phone number needed. Note for those of you that don’t want to do this on your phone, simply use an otherwise useless phone (one of the old dead ones you have lying about from the past) and follow the instructions while connected to WiFi. For me it worked flawlessly.
Dima says:
Some users cannot create Google account because of phone number verification 🙁
Vicky Singh says:
I created an account on google, without my phone number. Mistakenly I logged it out of my device and now I have forgot the password. I can’t sign in it. Also I didn’t add any secondary account to it. So got no place to get the verification code. Any Ideas on how I can get my account back? Please help 🙁
Steve Larner says:
Make a new one using the updated instructions (Nov. 2022), and make sure to add an authentication email. It can be any email or Gmail you own.
Nancy says:
I don’t have a cellphone – only a land line which obviously I can’t carry with me. So I am locked out of Google anywhere but at home. I hate it. I get so angry with companies requiring that everyone have a cellphone. I have no money to get one either.
Steve Larner says:
Create a new Gmail but add an authentication email for security purposes and make sure to choose “More options” (NOT “Skip”) on the “Add a phone number” screen.
PRITESH RAJ SAXENA says:
Not working properly 😟
Steve Larner says:
Article updated November 2022.
Anonymous says:
Thank you so much for these tips but when we click on next their is a option of phone number only and not age… so…. how is it possible?
Steve Larner says:
Review the updated article.
undrgrndgirl says:
the whole point of coming here was to find out how to sign up for gmail WITHOUT a cellphone.
Steve Larner says:
You can also complete the process on an iPad or an Android tablet. Also, many have a non-service phone (no SIM card or eSimm) that they use on Wi-Fi only. Others borrow a phone to make a Gmail account and cannot add a phone number.
Arthas says:
Great tip to use the app! Thank you.
glowingmonarch says:
Wow, why hasn’t it worked i’ve tried everything but I can’t anyone has some suggestions?
alex says:
It works for me on Safari, after trying this on Chrome.
ANON says:
Complete garbage article.
Jan says:
Actually it it very usefull – but you must understand what are you reading !
Todd says:
It’s a great article if you’re smart enough to follow it.
POd says:
Not sure how you tested these but when attempting to create a google account (either from Google.com or Gmail.com), it never asks for my birthday to “by pass the phone number”. It only asks for first name last name, desired e-mail address and desired password. When you click “Next”, it demands a phone number.

So this has either changed since you claimed this your method had been tested just 13 days ago or this is click bait.

Dave says:
Boku’s suggestion, the most recent post below this one, did NOT work for me. Age 15 or under did not work either. This is an old and outdated article.

(doesn’t work) “To create the account without email, simply delete that number from the text field/form leaving it completely blank, and click to go to next step. If both the “recovery email” and “phone number” fields are completely blank, it will allow you to proceed. After that you finalize your account and you are done!”

Boku says:
As of 1-15-2021, you can easily skip the phone number in the account creation screen, on any browser(I did it on a computer with Firefox)(any browser/platform should work fine)

Simply fill out Name, desired email address, password, and birthdate, gender.

If you try to go to next step, it will not let you and tell you to put in a phone number. It will automatically have part of a number in the field already. For USA it is +1. This is the country calling code, for the region/country you live in/are making the account in.

To create the account without email, simply delete that number from the text field/form leaving it completely blank, and click to go to next step. If both the “recovery email” and “phone number” fields are completely blank, it will allow you to proceed. After that you finalize your account and you are done!

Google is trying to hide the option to create an account without using another email or phone number, by auto populating the country calling code in the phone number field(which then counts as a incomplete phone number and prevents you from proceeding).

Hope this helps, it worked for me!

stevo says:
You can remove this one and this response, the other one didnt post till I typed this one. despite refreshing the screen multiple times. like when something hangs in a vending machine and u hafta buy the item behind it to get them both. 😛
Mehedi Hassan says:
i did create 5 gmails without phone number but when i tried to log into the acc. it’s asking for the phone number saying there’s some unusual traffic in this acc. so it need verification
Steve L. says:
This is an older comment, but I wanted to mention that VPNs can trigger unusual traffic since they bounce around on networked PCs/routers/devices. On many VPNs, Google search prompts for unusual traffic, so it only makes sense that Gmail would too in some scenarios.
Aryana says:
The iphone method worked for me but I can only create 2 accounts per day on my phone.
Tintin says:
Hi this didn’t work for me. I tried to create it using my iPhone “Create Account” but then it still asked for my phone number
some name says:
only on android
Gwen says:
It worked for me and I didnt click the “Accounts and Backup”, rather, i clicked what’s below that which is “Google”. Then the next bit is relatively self explanatory, you add another account (if you logged in to an account already) then add a name that is fairly believable and sounds legit, then next thing you know it asks for your birthday then everything follows. Amazing. (May 06, 2020)
beckett says:
actually I tried to make a google account and it worked if you scroll to the bottom of the page it says SKIP if you click that you can make your account without a phone number.
Saka says:
Only two accounts can be created per IP address without phone number. From the third account onwards phone number is required. Only four accounts allowed per phone number.
Matose says:
Those of you who say it’s not working your trying it from a browser no it doesn’t work that way.
Go to one google app and signup from there or from settings as step no1 this works fine.
And use convincing names
Taras says:
all works well. thanks. but it was hard to find appropriate settings on the phone.
Your Savior says:
connect to a Canadian VPN and then click create new account it will say ‘phone number (optional) everytime. No phone number will need to be given.
Aviation Geek says:
It asks you for ‘your’ (I don’t even have a phone) phone number before you can enter your birthdate
how says:
ya!
Henry says:
No tutorial for this really works for very long, because Google changes their system all the time.
Žuti says:
no problem, send me 5 bucks!
Schantalle says:
Of course it works, when you use your android or iphone. The problem is just, that google then has you phone number – what you tried to avoid. Seems to defeat the purpose – just a little.
Aviation Geek says:
It doesn’t work on pc though

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