Internet and email security are of utmost importance because they can protect users and organizations from various risks. If security precautions are not in place, hackers can intercept and steal private or confidential information, leading to identity theft, fraud, and various other forms of cybercrime. Moreover, Email is one of the primary methods of communication for banks and professional work where a lot of sensitive data is shared. Therefore, you should always be careful about your Email security and consider using security barriers such as 2-step verification to protect your account. If you’re looking for guidance on opening and accessing Gmail accounts securely, check out our article on “How To Open and Access Gmail Accounts” for valuable insights and tips. But, 2 step verification can sometimes become more of a hassle rather than a security shield for some services. Therefore, a lot of users might want to avoid using it for services such as Gmail. Almost all professionals use Gmail as their primary mail service and need to access this service frequently and on multiple systems. Therefore, going through 2 step verification each time can be hectic. Sometimes, the 2-step verification might even fail and you may not be able to use Gmail on a certain device. To avoid such problems, we will discuss the 2 step verification service in our guide and how you can disable it on Gmail. Let us start with understanding the service itself and how it works.
What is 2-Step Verification?
2-Step verification is an advanced security feature that increases the protection of your online accounts. It requires users to enter two pieces of information to verify their identity when they sign in, that is the password paired with a unique code or a token. The password is the one that is set up at the time of creating the account whereas the unique code is what you receive from the 2FA service. This way, even if someone else knows your password, they cannot access your account without the code. There are a few different ways to get the token for 2-step verification such as: Text message: After entering the correct password, you receive a text message with a numeric code on your phone. You can enter the code on the sign-in page to complete the verification. Email: You receive an email with a numeric code or a link on your registered email address. So, you will have to either enter the code or click the link on the sign-in page to complete the verification. Phone call: Some advanced 2FA services initiate a phone call with a voice message that reads out a numeric code on your primary contact number. You can then provide the code as you receive it to finish the login process. Authenticator app: Another secure method of offering 2FA service is via an authenticator app. The authenticator app on your phone generates a numeric code randomly and it is refreshed every minute or sometimes every 30 seconds. You can enter the code provided in the authenticator app for the account that you are trying to log into and complete the verification.
How to Disable 2-step Verification in Gmail?
While 2-step verification or 2-factor authentication is highly secure, it can also cause a lot of problems. First and foremost, it adds an extra level of security to your account which makes it impossible to bypass intruders. But, it also means that every time you log in to your account, you will have to go through the 2-step verification process before you get access to your account. And losing access to the 2-factor authentication app or service can also cause a lot of problems, and in the worst-case scenario, users can lose access to the account permanently. If someone relies on a single device or phone to get the verification code, they may be unable to access their accounts if they lose that device. Moreover, users may experience delays or failures in receiving the verification code on their devices. This can happen due to network issues or temporary service outages. To avoid this problem, users can check their network connection, service status, and time synchronization on their device or phone. But if all fails, it would be impossible to access the account for the time being. To avoid such problems with necessary services like Gmail, we offer this helpful guide to discuss how to turn OFF 2-step verification. You can use various platforms to disable 2-step verification in Gmail such as the website, or your Android/iOS smartphone.
Via Gmail Web
- Open your web browser and go to your Google Account page.
- Click on the Security section on the left sidebar.
- Under the Signing in to Google section, click on 2-Step Verification. You might need to sign in with your Gmail account and password if you are not already logged in.
- Click on the Turn OFF button at the bottom of the page. A pop-up window will appear to confirm that you want to turn OFF 2-Step Verification.
- Click on the Turn OFF button again to complete the process.
Via Android Smartphone
- Open the Settings app on your device and tap on Google.
- Tap on Manage your Google Account at the top of the screen.
- Swipe left or right to find the Security tab and tap on it.
- Under the Signing into Google section, tap on 2-Step Verification.
- Tap on the Turn OFF button at the bottom.
- Tap on the Turn OFF button again in the confirmation window to disable 2-step verification.
Via iOS Smartphone
- Open the Gmail app on your iOS device and tap on the menu icon at the top left corner of the screen.
- Tap on your profile picture then select Manage your Google Account.
- Swipe left or right to find the Security tab and tap on it.
- Under the Signing into Google section, you will find the 2-Step Verification option.
- Here, tap on the Turn OFF button.
After disabling 2-Step Verification, you will only be asked for your password when you sign in to your Gmail account. However, this also means that your account will be less secure and more vulnerable to cyberattacks. Therefore, you should make sure that you have a strong and unique password for your Gmail account and change it regularly. You should also avoid using public or untrusted devices or networks to access your Gmail account. If you ever wish to enable 2-Step Verification again, you can follow the same steps as above and choose the Turn ON option instead. Disabling 2-step verification may also cause trouble with some 3rd party applications that you have previously linked with your Google account. If you are facing such problems, you will have to reconnect said application with your Gmail account by entering your password. If it’s not resolved, you will have to reset its password and then re-link your Google account.
Is It Possible To Revoke Passwords in Gmail?
App passwords are special 16-digit passcodes that you can use to access your Gmail account through less secure apps or devices temporarily. App passwords are only available if you have 2-Step Verification turned on for your Google Account. So if you are disabling 2 step verifications, app passwords will be revoked automatically. But if you wish to keep 2 step verification active, you can also revoke app passwords separately.
- Go to your Google Account on your web browser and select Security.
- Under “Signing in to Google”, select passwords.
- Select Check Password and Choose an App password that you wish to delete and then click on 3 dots and click on Delete Password
- If you don’t see any App passwords, it means that you aren’t using any at the time. You can also add new App passwords on this same screen.
A. For Gmail, you can receive 2 step verification codes by multiple different options based on the service you are choosing such as text message, alternate email, voice call, etc. It also supports using an external 3rd party authenticator application that can generate the access code for you. But, keep in mind that losing access to such apps might be problematic and you may lose access to your Gmail account permanently. Therefore, we will suggest keeping at least one contact number of Email access as the primary one and routing all of your 2 step verification codes on the same.
A. Gmail does not ask for 2-step verification every time you sign in to your account. You can choose to skip the second verification step for some devices or computers that you trust, such as your phone or laptop. This way, you can save time and avoid entering a code or a token every time you sign in from those devices or computers. If you don’t want to provide a second verification step each time that you sign in on that device or computer, tick the box next to ‘Don’t ask again on this computer’ or ‘Don’t ask again on this device’.
A. Yes, there are some possible risks of disabling 2-step verification. If you disable 2-step verification, you will only be asked for a password when you sign in. So, if a hacker guesses or steals your password, they can easily access your account and steal your personal information, and other crucial data. Nowadays, compromised accounts are primarily used for spreading malicious or fraudulent messages to your contacts that lure them in and compromise their accounts. So, make sure you only disable 2-step verification if it’s necessary.
A. Losing access to the 2FA app can be a serious problem as it prevents you from signing in to your online accounts that you have secured using two-factor authentication. So, losing access to the app can lock you out of your accounts and cause you to lose your data and resources. Therefore, taking some precautions and steps to avoid or recover from this situation is important. Some 2FA apps, such as Authy, allow you to back up your 2FA app data to the cloud or another device. This way, you can restore your 2FA app data. Also, when you enable 2FA for your online accounts, you should generate and save your backup codes. Backup codes are one-time codes that you can use to sign in to your accounts if you lose access to your 2FA app.
We hope you found the perfect method to disable 2-step verification for your Gmail account in our guide today. While 2-step verification is very important to keep your account safe from prying eyes. But, safeguarding all of your accounts including your primary email service such as Gmail might not be a good choice. In case you accidentally lose access to the 2-step verification contact number or device, you may lose access to your Email and in turn, every single service that you have signed up for using your Email. To avoid such problems, you can disable 2-step verification on Gmail and enable it on other services using Gmail to receive the authentication codes. And since Google also offers some additional safety options, such as device verification, you don’t have to worry about the safety of your Gmail account.