Gmail Account Recovery.
How to get your Gmail account or Google account back in 2 easy steps.
As with other services of its type, Google’s Gmail service requires users to memorise a username and password in order to gain account access. However, with so many different websites and services requiring this, and with the best advice being to use a different password for each site, it is inevitable that people may forget these details.
Fortunately, Gmail has been set up with some robust account recovery options in place, meaning that most users who lose account access will be able to regain that access quickly and easily by following some basic instructions.
How Do I Recover My Gmail Account? (If You Know Your Password).
If you know your password, but have forgotten your email address, the most simple way to regain account access is to visit the Gmail recovery page. From there, click on the link labelled ‘Forgot Email?’ and it will take you to its ‘Find Email’ form, where you will be able to look up your email address.
Here, you should enter either the mobile phone number linked to your Gmail account, or the recovery email address you provided when you first signed up for the account, and then click ‘Next’. On the next page, you will need to enter the first name and last name associated with your account. Once you have done this, click ‘Next’ again.
A verification code will then be sent to either your recovery email address, or your mobile phone. Enter this verification code in the box provided and click ‘Next’. Assuming you enter the correct verification code, you will then be shown the email address associated with your account.
You can then either click on the email address displayed and then enter your password when prompted, or you can make a note of your email address and sign in through the main Gmail login page.
How Do I Recover My Gmail Account? (If You Don’t Know Your Password).
On the other hand, if you know your email address, but have forgotten your password, you will need to use the recovery process to reset it. To do this, go to the Gmail recovery page and enter your email address or phone number in the first field. Then click on the ‘Next’ button underneath.
At this point, you will be required to provide some security information, in order to confirm your identify. The most simple option is to have a verification code sent to your phone, which must then be entered into the field provided. You can also have a Verification Code sent to your alternative email address.
Alternatively, click on “Try Another Way”, and you can opt to answer a series of security questions associated with your Gmail account, one of which would be “When did you create this Google Account?”
Once you have confirmed your identity, simply follow the instructions provided on screen to reset your Gmail password. A temporary password will be sent to you, which you can use to log in. You will then need to set a new password for your account and this must not be a password you have previously used for the same account.
This process can also be followed in the event that your account gets hacked and you find yourself locked out of it.
How to Recover your Gmail Username.
If you are now sure what your Google Username is, Google has created a dedicated Username Recovery page, for this.
Gmail Account Recovery Tips.
If the above steps didn’t work for you and you received a “Google couldn’t verify this account belongs to you” message, you can simply try again.
Use these tips for the recovery process:
- Avoid typos and take note of uppercase and lowercase letters, when trying to enter your password.
- Enter the most recent password you recall. Google’s system will know of previous, older passwords.
- If you don’t remember any of your previous passwords, then make your best guess.
- Try not to skip questions. Take your best guess instead of moving on to another question.
- Use a computer or phone (and location) where you frequently sign in. The system will be able to detect that you are using a familiar IP address, and that you are who you say you are.
- Use the same browser that you always use.
- Find out when you created your account, if you can. Check your alternative email account for a sign-up Welcome email from Google.
- If th system asks for you to “enter an email address you can check now”, then enter the email address that you have added to your account when you signed up.
- If the recovery system asks you why you cannot access your account, then include details like, you are traveling, the error message that you received, possible malware on your computer, or that you recently changed your password (and have forgotten it). Every detail helps.
- If you have not accessed your account for 9 months or more, Gmail might deleted it from the server. In this case, recovery is no longer possible.
How to Recover a recently Deleted Google Account.
You have 2–3 weeks to recover a gmail account that has been deleted
To recover a deleted Google account, agin visit the account recovery page, enter your email address and follow the instructions.
If you continue having problems logging in to your Google Mail account, then see our Gmail Login Trobbleshooting page, or state your problem in the comment section.
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