How to Use Google 2-Step Verification for Better Security?

  • Posted on: 26 August 2016
  • By: sasi

Google 2-step verification adds an extra layer of security when you login to any Google services. Apart from the password, Google will ask you to enter a one time verification code that will be sent to your phone via SMS, phone call or Authenticator app.

Switching on 2-step verification:

  • Login to myaccount.google.com
  • Go to Signing in to Google>>2-step verification
  • Click GET STARTED and re-enter your password when asked.
  • Enter the phone number on which you want to receive the verification codes.
  • Choose how you want to receive the verification codes (via text message or phone call)
  • Click TRY IT
  • You will receive a verification code on your phone. Enter that code on this screen. Click NEXT.
  • Click TURN ON. Google 2-step verification is now turned on for your account.

Option 1: Logging in with verification code received by phone call or SMS.

  • Try logging in to any google service like Gmail.
  • After entering the password, you will be asked to enter a one-time verfication code. You will receive the verification code on your phone. Enter the received code to login.

Important note: If signing in on a shared computer, uncheck the option 'Don't ask again on this computer'.

Option 2: Google Authenticator app

Get verification codes on your phone even when there is no data connectivity.

  • Install Google Authenticator app.
  • Open the Authenticator app
  • The app will display the verification code. While logging in to any Google service, use this verification code.

Option 3: Backup codes
Backup codes when you cannot use your mobile phone.

  • Login to myaccount.google.com
  • Go to Signing in to Google>>2-step verification
  • Scroll down to 'Backup codes' and click SETUP
  • Download or print the backup codes shown.