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How to change Google account password

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A single Google account is connected to many services. Where it is convenient to have one account for everything, there is also the added problem that lots of services Dropbox, Slack, Evernote, etc., all allow users to sign up with a Google Account. This puts more services at risk than just those that Google owns. It also means that a wrong person can have access to everything once a Google account is compromised.

So, if you suspect a security breach, Google offers many security measures. For instance, you can add an extra layer of security by enabling a two-step verification method. However, if you risk losing access to Google’s services and your data, you should consider changing your password immediately.

Here’s how to change your Gmail password on iPhone, Android, or Desktop

1. Change Google password – Desktop

Changing your Google password might sound like a nuisance, but it is a reliable way to protect yourself from potential hacks, and combat security breaches. Assuming you have access to your account and have a new password in mind, it only takes a minute or two.

1. Open any browser of your choice.

2. Go to your Google Account and sign in.

3. Swipe to Security, in the left column.

4. Scroll down and under the section Signing in to Google, click Passwords.

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5. Sign in with your current password again if prompted.

6. Type a new password and confirm it.

7. Tap Change Password.

Quick tip: If you forgot your password and are having trouble logging in, you can instead reset your Google Account password. Therefore, you won’t be prompted to sign in again using your current password.

2. Change Google password – Gmail app

It takes a few extra steps to change your Google account’s password from a Gmail app. Follow this:

1. Open any browser of your choice or download the Gmail app.

2. Tap your profile icon in the top-right corner of the screen.

3. Tap Manage your Google Account.

4. Go to Personal info.

5. Scroll down in the Basic Info section, select Password.

6. Sign in with your current password again if prompted.

7. Type a new password and confirm it.

8. Tap Change Password.

Quick tip: If you don’t use the Gmail app, you can instead go to myaccount.google.com in your web browser to accomplish this task, as instructed previously.

3. Change Google password – Mobile

In that case, follow the directions as if you were using a computer.

1. Go to your Google Account and sign in.

2. Tap your profile icon in the top-right corner of the screen.

3. Tap Manage your Google Account.

4. Swipe to Security, in the left column.

5. Scroll down to the Signing in to Google section.

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6. Tap Password.

7. Enter a new password and confirm it.

8. Tap Change password.

Sign out devices Google Account

If you think someone else has access to your account, it is a good idea to sign out the account from the devices you are currently signed in.

1. Sign in to your Google Account.

2. Tap Manage your Google Account.

3. Select Security from the left column.

4. Scroll down and tap Devices.

5. Go to Manage devices.

6. Click the more options button at the top right of a device and select Sign Out.

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7. Repeat for all other devices.

Note : When you change or reset your password, you will be signed out of that account in most services.  You will need to sign back in using your updated password.

Conclusion

A wrong person can have access to all services linked to your Google account, once the security of a Google account is compromised. If you risk losing access to Google’s services and your data, changing password is your safest bet. You can consider adding two-step verification, phone number or set up the Google Authenticator app.

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Read more: How to set-up 2 step verification on google account

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