2-Step Verification helps keep others
from accessing your account because each time you sign in, Google
sends a short code to your phone that you type in to access your account.
This gives you 2 layers of security with something you
know your password and something you have
your phone. But what happens if you want this extra
security but you might not always have phone
service or access to your phone? Don’t worry! Here are 3 different
ways you can use 2-Step Verification without your phone.
You can set up these options ahead of time so you can be prepared. Provide a
backup phone number If you’re signing in and don’t have your
phone you can send your code to a backup phone.
Use the phone numbers of people you trust like friends or family members. Print out
back up codes. You can generate a set up 10 backup
codes on the Security section your account
page. They work just like the codes you receive on your
phone. You can print them out and keep them somewhere safe or store
them on your computer. Each code can only be used once, but you
can generate another set any time you need them on. And once you
generate a new set of codes the old ones will be deactivated. Register devices you use often If you’re signing in on a browser on a
computer you use often you can check a box so that computer
doesn’t ask for a code each time. This also works when you’re signing in
on browsers with other devices such as phones or tablets. 2-Step Verification adds extra security
to your Google Account And gives you three different options to choose from when you don’t have access to your phone.
For more information visit the 2-Step Verification page