Setup Google Authenticator

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Steps

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    First of all, let's download the application on the iPhone
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    We tap on "App Store".
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    We type "Google authenticator app" in the search box
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    We tap "Search"
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    Then, we tap on "GET" or the cloud icon near "Google Authenticator"
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    In this video, the application has been downloaded once before. It may show "GET" on our screen.
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    Once the program has been downloaded, we go back to the home screen
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    We tap on the "Authenticator" application
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    It will be launched. It will say, "With 2-step verification, whenever you sign in to your Google Account you will need your password and a code that this app will generate."
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    We tap on "BEGIN SETUP"
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    Two options will be shown: "Scan barcode" and "Manual entry". We'll choose to scan a barcode.
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    To get a barcode, we open a web browser on our computer and go to https://myaccount.google.com
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    We click "Signing in to Google"
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    We click "2-Step Verification"
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    Currently, the messages are sent via "Text message".
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    We are going to click "Switch to app"
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    We click our phone type
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    In this video, we click "iPhone".
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    We click "Continue"
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    We will be given the barcode.
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    Now on the phone, we tap "Scan barcode"
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    The application will say, ""Authenticator" Would Like to Access the Camera".
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    We tap "OK"
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    We move the camera of the phone over to the barcode
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    We use the code that is listed on the phone
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    We type it in the "Code" input box of the web browser. In this video, "958616" is typed.
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    We click "Verify and Save"
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    The web browser will read, "Google Authenticator setup successful. Your Google Authenticator app has been successfully configured."
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    We click "OK"
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    Now, whenever we sign into Google using an account that Google is not familiar with, we'll need to use randomly generated numbers from the Google Authenticator application.
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    To demonstrate the authentication, we'll open up a private browser window where we are not signed into Google
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    We enter our email address
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    We click "Next"
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    We enter our password
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    We enter the six-digit code from the phone
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    It is 657888 in this video.
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    We click "Verify"
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    We'll open our Gmail account that way.
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That was how to set up the Google two-step verification when using the Google Authenticator application on your smartphone. If you have any questions or comments, please leave them in the space below. Thanks for watching VisiHow!

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Video: Setup Google Authenticator

Questions and Answers

I can't access my Gmail account and have 2 step verification on it and have tried everything to get back in?

Can you help, I have sent in recovery page and everything. I have tried: Everything. I think it was caused by: Can't access recovery options at all

Method 1.

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    Enter your user name and password.
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    Select "Don't have your phone?"
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    Select the option to send the code to your back-up phone
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    • You can also use the "I cannot access any of my phones" option if you cannot access your back-up phone.
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Method 2.

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    Log onto your Google Account from a PC that had access to it.
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    Remove 2-step verification
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    You can do that by going to "My Account", "Signing in & security" and "2-Step Verification". Turn it off with "Turn off 2-Step Verification".
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Method 3.

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    Open a Google service like https://gmail.google.com.
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    Enter your user name and password.
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    On the verification page, click "Problems receiving your code?"
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    Click "I need Google's help getting back into my account".
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    Fill out the recovery form
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    This will show that you are the owner of the account.
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