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Configuring 2SV On Your Google Accounts

Oct 8, 2018 | Resources, How to

This guide will walk you through configuring 2-Step Verification on your Google account. This will give you an extra step in ensuring that no one else can log into your Google account without your knowledge.

Step 1

Log in to your Google Account. Click here.

Step 2

After logging in, you will find a circular icon containing either your profile picture or the first letter of your username in the top right hand corner of the webpage that is loaded. Click the circular icon.

Step 3

Your Google profile card will load which includes your Google email and a few additional buttons. Click on the button labelled as “My Account” which is blue with white text.

Step 4

The homepage for “My Account” opens in a separate tab in your browser. Browse the page and you will see the “Sign-in & security” setting. Click on this to load the Google Sign-in & Security page”

Step 5

On this page you can configure your 2-step-verification. There are also a number of other settings you can change using this page including changing your password, setting a recovery phone number and email address and running a “Security Checkup” on your account.

Step 6

If you scroll down to the “Signing in to Google” section of the page you will find a section titled “Password & sign-in method”. In that section click on “ 2-Step Verification” (This will show as “Off” if 2SV is not already configured for your account)

Step 7

Once you’ve clicked the 2-Step Verification icon the following Get Started Page shows

Step 8

You will then be presented with the Google Login page again to “verify that it is you” making the change

Step 9

You will then be presented with a page to enter your mobile phone number which will be used for the 2-Step Verification. You can choose to receive a text message or a phone call to receive the verification code.

Step 10

You will receive a message that “It worked”. You will still need to click Turn on to activate 2-Step Verification.

Once this has been completed you now have 2-Step-Verification set up. However, Google also presents you with alternative second step options such as Backup codes, Google prompt, Authenticator app, Backup phone and using a Security Key.

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