With 2-Step Verification, you’ll protect your account with both your password and your phone
Any of these common actions could put you at risk of having your password stolen:
2-Step Verification can help keep bad guys out, even if they have your password.
When a bad guy steals your password, they could lock you out of your account and then do some of the following:
Enter your password
Whenever you sign in to Google, you'll enter your password as usual.
Enter a verification code
Then, you'll be asked for a code that will be sent to your phone via text, voice call or our mobile app.
During sign-in, you can tell us not to ask for a code again on that particular computer. From then on, that computer will only ask for your password when you sign in.
You'll still be covered, because when you or anyone else tries to sign in to your account from another computer, a verification code will be required.
Most people only have one layer - their password - to protect their account. With 2-Step Verification, if a bad guy hacks through your password layer, he'll still need your phone to get into your account.
With 2-Step Verification, you'll protect your account with something that you know (your password) and something that you have (your phone).
Codes are uniquely crafted for your account when you need them. They will be sent to your phone via text, voice call or our mobile app. Each code can only be used once.
See Features to learn about backup options for times when your phone is not available.
Ready to set up 2-Step Verification for your account? We recommend doing so from your laptop or desktop computer for the best enrolment experience.