Forgetting your Gmail password is not something that’s so new. Most people have at some point forgotten their passwords and don’t seem to remember the arrangement of characters they had used as their Gmail password. So what happens when you forget your password and you wish to recover your Gmail password without any recovery email or phone number. Do you give up and say goodbye to Gmail? Well, the answer to that is no. You don’t have to panic about this.
In this article, we are going to show you ways you can recover your Gmail password without a recovery email or phone number. If you’ve found yourself in this pickle and you don’t know how to get yourself out of it, here are the steps to help you.
How to recover Gmail password
Recovering your Gmail password will give you access to the following Google service ;
- Gmail account
- Google play store
- Google photos
Steps to recover your Gmail password
The steps indicated below work for a personal account and might not be very useful for a class account, work account, or group Gmail account. For you to recover your Gmail password ;
1. Use this Google recovery link to access the Google recovery page.
2. Confirm your identity
You will be required to confirm that it is really you trying to sign in to the Google account you have just indicated in the previous step.
You can confirm your identity using four varied methods. These methods are ;
- Confirming your identity using your screen lock. This applies to when you want to recover your account using your phone.
- Enter your password. (As of now you don’t have the password so this won’t work for you .)
- Get a verification code to your recovery email. (This also doesn’t apply in this case since you do not have a recovery email.)
- Using another way to sign in.
While confirming your screen lock is straightforward if you’re using your phone, you might be using another phone or a PC to access your Gmail password. This will require you to use another way to recover your Gmail password.
Using a different way to confirm your identity.
When using a different way to confirm the email belongs to you, you will be required to wait for at least 6 hours before Google gives you a response.
This happens since Google is trying to verify that it is actually the owner of the account trying to log in. If it is not the real owner then the actual owner is given time to secure their account.
The password reset request is usually delayed for some time and you might give up on getting a response email from Google. If you don’t seem to see the email after 6 hours try checking your spam or junk folder.
However, you might be able to get the reset password sooner if you had Google authenticator via a prompt on your Gmail account.
Verification of your identity using the screen lock.
This applies to circumstances when you’re using your phone to recover your Gmail password. If you settled for the screen lock, you will be required to either identify yourself using either your fingerprint or the phone’s lock screen pattern.
3. Creating a new and strong password for your Gmail account.
If you have used the screen lock to confirm your identity you’ll be taken to a new page where you are able to create a new and strong password. You can now use this newly created password to log into your Gmail account. This also applies to using other ways to confirm your identity. However, with this method, you might be asked some security questions to help you recover your account.
The new password you create should be unique and should not be used to log into other websites on your phone.
Tips when recovering your Gmail password
At this point, you have probably used the Google recovery page to be able to recover your Gmail password. Sometimes the process might not be as seamless as indicated above and you’ll have to have some background information on what the issue could be. Google might send you a notification indicating “Google couldn’t verify this account belongs to you “.If this happens, try to repeat the process once again.
If you are asked any security questions when trying to recover your password ;
- Ensure you answer all the questions without skipping any questions. You’d rather take your best guess than move on to the next question without answering the previous question.
- It is also advised to use a device that you had recently used to log into your Gmail account. This makes it easier for Google to recover your account since the IP address is not new and might speed up the process for you to recover your Gmail password.
- You should also try to use the same browser you use to access your account to make the process easier. This could either be Google Chrome, Firefox, or even the Safari browser.
- Lastly, try to be in the same location you usually are when using your Gmail account. It makes the process less suspicious and easy for Google to recover your password. You should also be keen to avoid any typing errors and try to be precise with the answers that you give.
Google might also require you to offer additional information on why it’s hard for you to access your account. The possibilities are varied and it might help to mention this to speed up the process. The reasons could be ;
- A change in your location because of traveling
- You recently changed your password and don’t seem to remember it.
- You get an error message each time you try to sign in.
If the information being given out goes hand in hand with what Google has, then it would be easier for you to recover your Gmail password without a recovery email or phone number.
If none of this works out, then maybe it’s time to create a new Google account.
How to recover your Gmail password using a recovery email.
A recovery email is the best way to gain access to your account when you’re unable to sign in to your primary account. If you have already gained access to your account by setting a new password, then maybe it’s time for you to set up a recovery email so that you don’t have to follow all these steps the next time you forget your password.
Steps to set up a recovery email.
For you to set up a recovery email you will be required to ;
1.Log in to your current Gmail account
You could log into the account via the Gmail app or use this link to access your Gmail account.
2. Click on your Gmail photo at the top right corner.
Clicking on this will open a new menu that will help you set up your recovery email.
3. Click on manage your account.
Clicking on manage your account will open a new page where you will get access to your personal information.
4. Go to personal information
Personal information is the second menu after the home menu.
5. Scroll down to contact information.
Once you access the contact information menu, click on the arrow on your right to add your recovery email. With these simple steps, you would have managed to add a recovery email that can be used to gain access to your account in case you forget the password.
If you are having any problems with the steps above, then you can visit the Google support page to help you with any further assistance that you might require.
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