Today we will see what options you have to recover the password of your Gmail account, in case you have forgotten it. This password is really the one in your Google account, and it is useful for many other services such as Google Drive, Google Photos, Google Play and other applications on an Android mobile, etc.
If for more than tests you cannot log in with your Gmail account, you will know how frustrating it can be to stay out of your own email. Luckily, there are several methods to recover your password, although not all will be available depending on how cautious you have been when creating and configuring your account.
First of all, do not panic. The account is yours and therefore you should be able to recover it, with more or less effort. Before giving it up for lost and launching to create a new account and assume a new identity, try the following methods. They all start from the same starting point, click on Have you forgotten your password? , after entering the wrong password.
Recover By Typing The Last Password
Sometimes it can happen that you have changed your password and you don’t remember what you put, but what you had before. Or maybe you had a previous password, but not the new one. The first thing that asks you the form to recover a password is if you remember the last password you used in your account.
This first step really doesn’t solve anything beyond providing additional information to Google about whether you really are you or not. If you remember the password, write it and press Next, but if you have no idea it is better to press Try it in another way because a random word would only make you subtract points that are really your account.
Recover with your Android
If you have an Android phone on which you have set up this Gmail account, you can use it to show that it is you. This is usually the second step in the form to recover your password. Press Yes and you will receive a window on your mobile asking if it is you who are trying to log in.
On your mobile, you simply have to answer Yes to confirm your identity on the PC and then you can choose a new password. In some cases, you will be instructed to choose a certain number on your mobile to verify that it is you.
Recover by SMS or Call
If the previous option isn’t available (for example, you registered your account with a landline number, you use a mobile phone that isn’t Android or your Android has some time) you can still use your phone to confirm your identity. In this case, it can be through an SMS message or a call.
In both cases the result is the same: you will receive a code that you must enter in the form. If you choose SMS, you will receive it by SMS and if you choose a call it will call you an automatic system that will dictate you the code. Enter the code, click Next and you can change the password.
Recover with alternative email
If you don’t have a phone registered in that Gmail account, you can still recover your account by an alternative email. This is an email address that you chose when you created your account precisely for occasions like this. If you have an alternative email, press Send to receive the code that will allow you to verify that it is you.
As in the previous methods, you will receive a code that will serve to show that you are you: in this case, in that alternative email address. When you have the code, write it back on the form and you can change your password.
Recover with security question
I’m not going to lie to you, if you’ve made it this far and none of the previous methods have worked, it does not paint the issue too well. However, you have one last bullet: the security question. By registering your account you were able to choose a security question and your response. If you remember it, write it and press Next. You must then add additional information before continuing.
The security question does not work for you to recover your password because someone who knows you enough could guess it. Therefore, after pressing Next you must also add on what date you created your account, month and year. Personally, I find it a hugely difficult question, so try to approach everything you can to date.
If all of the above fails
When none of the above methods has served you, you will reach the last page of the form. Here you can only put another email that you can check, either from Gmail or another. You should check it after clicking Next because Google will send you an email there with a code to determine what is an account under your control.
Google will write you to this email if it determines that the account is really yours, indicating the following steps, although if you don’t have enough information about it, it will simply tell you that “I’m sorry, but not”. Unfortunately, Google doesn’t have an email address that you can use to talk to a human being to assist you in the process, so you must fight with the previous methods until you recover your account. Good luck.