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How to Change Your Gmail Password?

Monica Webster

Gmail has more than a billion active users. Most of them use it as their main email address, connected with all their other accounts. Therefore, keeping it safe is especially important. Passwords are the first line of defense, and everyone should change them once in a while. It’s internet safety 101, and since your email account is the most important one, it’s best to start from it.

Here’s a short guide on how to change your Gmail password.

How to change Gmail password on a computer

To change your password from any browser:

  1. Go to your Google Account

  2. Click Security on the left

  3. Under Signing in to Google, choose Password

  4. Sign in again and enter your new password

  5. Click Change Password

How to change Gmail password on Android

To change your password from an Android phone or tablet:

  1. Go to your device’s Settings > Google > Manage your Google Account

  2. Select Security at the top

  3. Under Signing in to Google in to Google, choose Password

  4. Sign in again and enter your new password

  5. Tap Change Password

How to change Gmail password on iOS

To change your password from an iPhone or iPad:

  1. Open the Gmail app and tap on your profile picture in the top right

  2. Tap Manage your Google Account and select Personal Info

  3. Under Profile, choose Password

  4. Sign in again and enter your new password

  5. Tap Change Password

Note that you will be signed out of all your devices automatically once you change the password.

Set up 2FA

While you’re at it, you can also set up two-factor authentication. Follow the same steps, but instead of choosing “Password,” click on “2-Step Verification” and follow the instructions.

You can choose a phone prompt, where you will need to unlock your phone and prove that you are the one trying to sign in. Another option is to get a six-digit code sent to your phone via SMS or a call. But one of the safest methods is using a security key. It’s a small device that you can connect to a smartphone or computer to prove it’s really you.

Why is 2FA so important? A hacker, if they have the right tools, can crack most passwords in a few hours. Security questions are not a good way to protect your account either. The answers can be found online, as most people willingly give away information about themselves. 2FA offers an extra layer of protection that’s reliable and drastically reduces the chances of your accounts getting hacked.

Pick a strong password

When you do change your password, make sure to pick one that is hard to guess or crack. That means using at least 12 characters, upper- and lower-case letters, numbers, and special symbols. Try our password generator for the best results — it will also tell you how strong your password is.

You might be thinking that a long string of random characters will be close to impossible to remember. And you’re absolutely right! So use a password manager like NordPass to store all your passwords safely.

It syncs across all your devices, so you can use it at home, at work, and on the go. NordPass encrypts your passwords while they are on your device and then sends them to the cloud for safe storage. This way, even if someone would manage to break into your vault, they wouldn’t be able to decipher any of your passwords.

Get NordPass and enjoy peace of mind.

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