Managing Google Backup Phone Number and Passwords : Be Tension Free with 2-Step Verification

If you have already enabled the Google 2-Step Verification System, then it is very important to get the alternatives (back-up passwords) to access the Google Account and Services.

There may be the cases like,

  • When you lose your Mobile Phone,
  • If your Phone Network is not available etc.

In such scenarios, there are 2 alternatives :

  • You can add a Backup Phone Number
  • You can download the Printable backup codes

Adding Backup Phone Number :
If your primary phone is not available due to any reason, then you can get verification codes on your Backup Phone Number.

Be Tension Free with Google Backup Passwords - Using 2-Step Verification
Be Tension Free with Google Backup Passwords - Using 2-Step Verification

To do enable this service,

1. Go to https://accounts.google.com/b/0/SmsAuthConfig.
2. Click on “Add Phone Number” (as shown below)

Be Tension Free with Google Backup Passwords - Using 2-Step Verification
Be Tension Free with Google Backup Passwords - Using 2-Step Verification

3. Now Select your country, Enter phone number and save it. (You can also ask Google to test this mobile phone number by sending a security code).

Be Tension Free with Google Backup Passwords - Using 2-Step Verification
Be Tension Free with Google Backup Passwords - Using 2-Step Verification

Printable Backup Passwords (Codes) :
Another way to get access to your Google Accounts without entering Security code is, Printable Security Codes.

Be Tension Free with Google Backup Passwords - Using 2-Step Verification
Be Tension Free with Google Backup Passwords - Using 2-Step Verification

To get these codes,

1. Go to https://www.google.com/accounts/SmsAuthConfig, and click on “Show backup codes”

Be Tension Free with Google Backup Passwords - Using 2-Step Verification
Be Tension Free with Google Backup Passwords - Using 2-Step Verification

2. Now Print or Save these passwords in a secure place. As per statement from Google – These codes would be the only method to log-in to your Google Account, if your phones are unavailable.

Be Tension Free with Google Backup Passwords - Using 2-Step Verification
Be Tension Free with Google Backup Passwords - Using 2-Step Verification

3. You can also generate a new set of backup passwords, if you want older ones to be removed.

Be Tension Free with Google Backup Passwords - Using 2-Step Verification
Be Tension Free with Google Backup Passwords - Using 2-Step Verification

Hope you have enjoyed the article!
You can also learn how to create application specific passwords for accessing Google account and services.

William E. Goldston

William is a Web Enthusiast. He likes to post articles about almost every topic, and love to mess with the latest technological gadgets, so that he can share his experience with the whole world.

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