The first password that most people will want to change is their email and for many, that means Gmail. Even if the client is one of the most popular in the world, with more than a billion users as of 2016, that doesn’t mean everyone knows their way around every nook and cranny.
To fix that, here’s how to change your Gmail password in a few easy steps.
Changing your password on a desktop or laptop
Step 1: Go to the Google MyAccount page.
Step 2: Click the blue “Sign-in” button in the top right-hand corner and input your login details as requested. Verify yourself using two-factor authentication if required.
Step 3: Click “Sign-in & security.”
Step 4: Scroll down to the “Signing in to Google” section. Under the heading “Password & sign-in method,” click the “Password” section.
Step 5: Input your password again to verify yourself and then when prompted, type in your new password. Make sure it’s complicated, with a mix of numbers, letters, capital letters, and special characters. If you’re worried about forgetting it, use a password manager.
If you want to change your password from within the client, you can do it by clicking on the gear icon in the top-right corner, and then heading to Settings. Under “Accounts and Import,” just click “Change password” to make the change.
Once you’ve verified the password, you’re all good to go. It’s changed and your account is nice and secure. This is also a good time to double check your other account details, such as two-step verification and recovery methods.
Changing your password with the Gmail Android app
If you access your email on an Android tablet or smartphone, the method for changing your password is a little different, but no more complicated. Simply follow the steps below:
Step 1: Open the Gmail application and click the three-line menu icon in the top left-hand corner.
Step 2: Scroll down and select the “Settings” menu with the cog icon.
Step 3: If you have multiple accounts, choose the one you want to change and then tap on “My account.”
Step 4: Tap the “Menu” button in the bottom right-hand corner and select “Security.”
Step 5: Tap “Sign-in and security,” followed by “Change your password.”
Step 6: Under the heading “Signing into Google,” tap the “Password” section.
Step 7: You’ll then be tasked with proving your identity by inputting your current password and a confirmation code from your mobile device if you have two-step notifications enabled.
Step 8: Once you’ve proved you’re you, put your new password into the respective box. Confirm it and you’ve changed your password!