When you create a new account in Gmail, Google will recommend that you turn on 2-step verification. In this setup, merely entering your username and password won’t be enough to grant you access to your account. Instead, you’ll need to provide a secondary piece of information that additionally verifies your identify; if you’ve provided a phone number, Google will send a 6-digit verification code to that phone number that you can enter for account access. You can also use a secondary email address or a prompt from the Google app.
However, if you’ve done this a few times and you’re getting tired of spending an extra minute or two every time you need to log into Gmail, you may wonder whether you can disable the 2-step verification setting. The short answer is yes, though the process varies slightly depending on what device you’re using.
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Why Use 2-Step Verification in Gmail?
Before you follow through with disabling 2-factor verification in Gmail, consider why the system exists in the first place. Basically, the easier it is to get into your account, the easier it is for other people to get into your account. Without 2-factor authentication, hackers are just one guessed password away from getting access to your account. With 2-factor authentication enabled, you’ll instantly multiply the complexity of any malicious attempt to gain access to your account.
That said, if you’ve chosen a strong enough password, you change your password regularly, you only use trusted devices, and you keep your network secure, you’ll have most of the elements in place to keep your account safe. At that point, Gmail’s 2-step verification system may be too much of a hassle to justify.
So how do you turn off 2-step verification in Gmail?
There are three main approaches, depending on what device you’re using.
How to Disable Gmail 2-Step Verification on Android Devices
- First, open your device’s Settings app, then head to Google, then Google Account. There, tap Security.
- You’ll find a section labeled “2-Step Verification,” which may prompt you to sign into your Google account. There’s a button there to “Turn off,” and you’ll need to confirm your choice after tapping it.
- When you’re done, destroy any and all backup codes you’ve saved for signing into your account.
How to Disable Gmail 2-Step Verification on Desktop
- If you’re using a computer, you’ll first need to open the page for your Google Account.
- Head to the Security section, then select 2-Step Verification. Here, you may be prompted to sign into your account.
- Select Turn off, and you’ll be prompted to verify your choice.
- Again, you’ll want to destroy whatever backup codes you might have saved for signing into your account.
How to Disable Gmail 2-Step Verification on Apple (iOS) Devices (iPhone and iPad)
If you’re using an Apple iOS device like an iPhone or iPad, you’ll want to use the Gmail app to turn off 2-Step Verification.
- Tap the menu icon, then head to Settings, then “your account,” then Manage Google Account. Note that if you don’t have a Gmail account yet, you can head to this link on your device’s web browser instead.
- At the top of the page, you can tap Security, then head to the Signing in to Google section to tap 2-Step Verification. There, you may be prompted to sign in.
- You can tap Turn off; when you do, you’ll see a pop-up window asking you to confirm your choice.
- Be sure to delete any backup codes you’ve used to sign into your account in the past.
After Disabling 2-Step Verification in Gmail
Note that after you’ve disabled 2-step verification in Gmail, you may experience some issues with third-party apps that have been linked with your Google account. In some cases, you can resolve the problem by re-logging in with your password. In others, you can revoke app passwords and reset your credentials.
If you’re interested in maximizing your productivity when using Gmail, merely disabling 2-step verification isn’t enough. You’ll want to closely examine your daily email habits, including how many emails you send and receive, your most popular times and days for emailing, and how many threads you’re typically part of. EmailAnalytics exists to help you find and learn from this information. Sign up for a free trial today, and start improving your email productivity.
Jayson is a long-time columnist for Forbes, Entrepreneur, BusinessInsider, Inc.com, and various other major media publications, where he has authored over 1,000 articles since 2012, covering technology, marketing, and entrepreneurship. He keynoted the 2013 MarketingProfs University, and won the “Entrepreneur Blogger of the Year” award in 2015 from the Oxford Center for Entrepreneurs. In 2010, he founded a marketing agency that appeared on the Inc. 5000 before selling it in January of 2019, and he is now the CEO of EmailAnalytics, and co-host of the podcast The Entrepreneur Cast.