I know it’s annoying.
I know it’s frustrating.
But there is Good news. Just stay till the end.
(Google has introduced a new method of Gmail password recovery).
For Android users, our newly bought phones prompt us to register a new Google Account or sign in an old account.
It is inevitable.
Having Google/Gmail accounts is something we have all come to live with.
In the past, I wrote an article on how to Reset Gmail Password Without Recovery Phone Number or Email.
That article actually explained the methods and steps involved in Gmail password recovery.
But this this time I want to go deeper.
This article will basically answer most of the questions that relate to Gmail password recovery.
So, without further Ado, let’s begin.
How To Reset Gmail Password
NOTE: If you did not set up recovery options you might not see the steps as they appear here. It might skip step 3 and show you 4,5 or 6.
- Log in to the Account recovery page
You need to use a browser on your mobile device or PC to access Gmail.com.
Question: Must I use the link above?
Answer: No, it is not a must, you can use https://accounts.google.com all we want to do is reach a Login pane.
- Input Email Address
You need to enter the Email of the Google Account you want to recover.
- Unlock your Mobile Device and Log in.
If activated! You need to unlock your mobile device and tap on the code shown to you on your log in screen.
If you don’t have your phone handy, don’t panic, click on more ways to sign in.
- Reset your Password by following the on-screen prompt
If you are faced with this screen you don’t need to panic at all.
So, what you have to do here is following the on-screen prompt to reset Gmail password without phone number.
If you don’t have access to the mobile device linked with your Google account for verification just click or tap on more ways to sign in.
Are you tired yet?
Don’t be. We are almost there.
- Choose one of the listed ways to sign in
So, If you have reached this phase and you still can’t get into your Gmail account then Houston, we have a problem.
So, you obviously can not use the 1st, 2nd or 3rd option. You can’t “Tap Yes on your phone or tablet” and you can use your phone or tablet to get a security code.
You need to click on Forgot password?
Trust me we are very close to getting your Gmail account back.
- Enter the last password you remember.
Skip this part if you can’t remember any of your old passwords. Click on Try another way.
- Enter your mobile number and get verification code.
All you need to do here is enter your mobile number and a pin will be sent to you.
If you don’t have access to the phone number or you didn’t add a phone number to your Google account, you should at least have the next one below.
- Answer the security question
You will only see this option if you set a security question on your Account.
- Enter your recovery Email address and get verification code.
Again, if you set an Email address as a means of recovery whenever you are locked out, you will need to input that Email address.
Google will then send you a code which you would use to verify.
Open your Email, copy the code, go back and insert the code.
Can’t see the Email option? You don’t have access to your recovery Email?
Click on Try another way
So, this Next option is a new one.
Big shout out and thanks to Google for giving us hope to recover our Google Accounts when hacked or when we have forgotten our passwords and have no access to the recovery phone number or Email address.
Enter An Email Address And Google Will Contact You
Here you can enter any Email address and Google will contact you and try to help you with Gmail password recovery.
So, I tried to recover an old Email of mine and got this mail from Google.
|We’re now reviewing the information that you provided about [email protected], and we’ll reply to you soon. You can check the status of your request at any time here. |
In the meantime, here are our most common troubleshooting fixes:
If you’re having trouble signing in to web-based Google Services (like Gmail or Calendar) because you can’t get a verification code on your primary phone, try using your back-up options: back-up phone or back-up codes.
If you’re having trouble accessing an application on your mobile device
(like the Gmail app) or an email client (like Outlook and Thunderbird),
you may need to use an application-specific password, instead of your
personal password, when you sign in to them.
The Google Accounts Team
Now, Before this method will work for you, you will need to provide Google with information that will make them believe you are the actual owner of the account.
My advice? Try to guess an answer to one of the questions atleast.
If you tried to recover your Google account using any of the steps above and you end up seeing this image below.
Then you need to read this long text below.
I know it’s annoying, but I am trying my best to help you.
Gmail Password Recovery Tips
Let’s go over some basic Google Tips to help you recover your Google Account.
- Go back to the Account recovery page.
- As you complete the steps, use as many of the tips below as you can.
If you tried to recover your Google account and got the error message “Google couldn’t verify this account belongs to you” there’s no harm in trying again.
- Answer as many questions as possible
Yeah, I know I told you to click on the try another method link, but if you Google kicks against this. Don’t skip questions, if you are not sure of an answer to a question, you should take your best guess rather than moving on to another question.
- Use a familiar device & location
- Use a computer, phone, or tablet that you frequently use to sign in.
- Don’t use differnet browsers, use the same browser (like Chrome or Safari) that you usually use.
- Be in a location where you usually sign in, like at home, work or school.
- Be exact with passwords & answers to security questions
Details matter, you definitely do not want to send typos to Google. Take your time, think before sending answers to security questions. Also, pay attention to uppercase and lowercase letters.
If you’re asked for the last password you remember, enter the most recent one you recall.
- If don’t remember your last password: Use a previous one that you do remember. The more recent it was, the better.
- If you can’t confidently recall any previous passwords: Take your best guess.
When answering security questions and you don’t remember the answer? take your best guess.
If you know the answer but didn’t recover your account on your first attempt, consider a different variation of the answer. For example, try “NY” instead of “New York” or “Tom” instead of “Thomas”.
Try all the possible variations you can think of.
- Find out when you created your account
I know it is almost impossible to do this, but you have to try.
If you cannot remember the month and year you created your Google Account, here are some tips to help you find it.
- Look for a sign-up email. If you don’t have access to the email for the account, look for a welcome message from Google or Gmail. If you can’t, check for a verification email on another account that you used way back.
- Ask your contacts/friends. If you use Gmail, ask friends and family when they first got an email from your account.
- Think about related events or purchases. Try to remember if you created your account when you:
- Had an important life event, like graduating.
- Bought a new device. Look for any receipts or contracts that could be helpful.
If you still can’t remember the date you created your Google Account after all the steps, then……… Take your best guess.
- Enter an email connected to your account
If you’re asked to enter an email address you can check now, you should enter the one that you have previously added to your account. Here are some examples:
- A recovery email address helps you get back in and is where Google will send you security notifications.
- An alternate email address is one you can use to sign in.
- A contact email address is where you get information about most Google services you use.
- Add helpful details
So, on the Google Account recovery page, here’s is the last tip.
If you’re asked why you can’t access your account, include helpful details.
Some examples are:
- You’re traveling.
- You get a specific error message.
- You think your account was compromised because of malware or another reason.
- You changed your password last week and can’t remember it.
If your description matches the information Google has, the similarity can help your case.
After you must have submitted the correct information to Google, they will review your Gmail recovery request, if it is successful, you should get this message below.
Click on the Get started button and it will direct you to a page where you can enter your new Google password.
Some other tips that might help
- If you do not have access to the phone number you used to sign up for your Google account, you could try contacting your service provider.
- If you do not have access to the Email you used as your recovery Email when setting up your account, you could try resetting the Password for that Email.
Frequently Asked Question and Answers Pertaining to Gmail Account Recovery
Can I really recover Gmail account without phone number?
Sure, it is possible, recovering your Google account with phone number is just an option of recovery. You could use other details like the year and month you created your Google account, your backup/recovery email address, your security questions and other means to recover your Google account.
You can read resetting your Google Password
Can I recover Gmail password without any information?
Unfortunately, this is not possible. Google needs information from you, this information is to prove that you are the legitimate owner of the account and not some silly hacker trying to break into someone’s Gmail account via the Google Account recovery page.
Gmail Password Recovery Via SMS, is this possible?
Sure, Gmail password recovery via SMS is totally possible. You need to enter the phone number linked to your Gmail account. Google will then send you an SMS containing a 6-digit code. Go back to the recovery page, insert the code and enter your new password.
Gmail forgot password verification code, what do I do!
You can request for a new one. After the message containing the verification code must have been sent to your phone number or Email you have limited time to insert the code, if you delay, you might need to request for a new verification code.
I don’t have access to any information concerning my account, can I recover it?
Sorry, as mentioned earlier, you need to prove to Google that you are the rightful owner of the account, if you don’t have access to any of the recovery options and can’t seem to recover your Google account, then you need to forget about that account and create a new one. I’m sorry about that.
Lots of people tend to face this issue, this guide was compiled to help users that are having a hard time getting into their Google accounts. I urge you to try the steps and tips above, you might just be lucky enough to get into your Gmail account.
I hope this guide helps you to in your Gmail password recovery request.
If after trying all the steps and tips above you still cannot recover your Google account, I think you should consider opening a new Google account. It’s quite sad that you might lose important documents and contacts, but the fact remains “Google won’t help you get in unless you prove you are the rightful owner”
These will help secure your account and also help you get into your account if you ever get locked out in the future.
That’s a wrap folks, thanks for stopping by.