Home / / Unlock A Gmail Account UNLOCK A GMAIL ACCOUNT 16/02/2022 Losing access to your Google / Gmail account can be an incredibly frustrating and unhappy experience. When researching this article, I came across several accounts of people who had been locked out of their accounts after forgetting their passwords — and a few who had still not been able khổng lồ get back in, even after several weeks.Bạn đang xem: Unlock A Gmail AccountGoogle does provide a danh mục of methods to try if you’ve been locked out of your account — either because you’ve forgotten your password or because somebody has hacked into your account and changed it. Sometimes, they work.Your options beyond Google’s suggestions may be limited, so it’s best khổng lồ be prepared ahead of time. Here are some suggestions lớn place you in the best possible position lớn get your stuff back. This story is part of Keep it Locked: how lớn protect yourself online.Back up your tài khoản regularlyIf you should ever (knock on wood) thua access to your account, it will be less of a blow — và is less likely to lớn get your blood pressure shooting up — if you have a recent backup of your data. Google provides a means for you to tải về your data that it calls Takeout. You can tải về all the data from all of your Google apps, or from some of them, or just from a single app such as Gmail. The formats of the downloads vary depending on the type of data. Your email will be downloaded in the MBOX format, which can be then uploaded into another Gmail tài khoản or into most other email services or apps.Use a password managerAn ounce of prevention being worth — well, you know the rest — the best way to lớn prevent yourself from losing access khổng lồ a Google trương mục because of a lost password is lớn use a password manager khổng lồ keep your password safe. (And no, keeping your Google password in the Google Password Manager isn’t going khổng lồ help.) Password managers like Bitwarden, 1Password, and Zoho Vault can make sure that sudden brain freezes won’t keep you out of your email.Keep a record of your old passwordOne of the ways Google verifies your identity if you thua kém your password is lớn ask you to type in your previous password. If it’s been a while since you changed your password (assuming you’ve ever actually changed it), it may be hard (or impossible) khổng lồ remember that former password. So when you change your Google password — and it’s not a bad idea to change it regularly — keep a record of your old password somewhere safe. A good strategy here is to use your password manager — you use one, right? — to keep track of old passwords. Most password managers will offer to lớn update the existing entry for an app when you create a new password; if possible, you can opt instead to create a new entry and then go back and edit the old one to say something lượt thích “Gmail - old password.” Related The best miễn phí password manager If you’re not using a password manager (and if you’ve lost your password, there’s a good chance you’re not), then perhaps you can keep a list of old passwords in an encrypted file. Just in case.Worse comes to lớn worst, Google suggests that you try to remember any password you’ve used in the past — or your best guess.Check to lớn see what recovery info is availableIt’s a good idea to provide Google ahead of time with as much recovery info as you feel comfortable with, so that if you ever need to lớn verify your identity, you have some choices. It’s a good idea khổng lồ include several ways to verify your account. Scroll down to “Ways we can verify it’s you.”You’ll see whether you’ve registered a recovery phone number or a recovery email. (Note: if you entered an answer to a security question sometime in the past, you’ll see that in the listing as well; however, if you click on it, you’ll get a notice telling you that Google no longer supports security questions.)If you don’t have any of these filled in, it may be a good idea to fill in at least one. If you want to be really careful, go ahead & enter your info. Here’s how.Xem thêm: Set up a recovery thư điện tử accountYour recovery e-mail account can be another gmail account, another e-mail account from a different service, or even a relative’s or friend’s account. (Make sure that relative or friend is security-savvy.) Go khổng lồ the “Ways we can verify it’s you” section (see above) & click on “Recovery email.”Type in your chosen recovery thư điện tử address & click on “Verify.”Google will send a six-digit verification code to lớn the email address you entered. Go to lớn your email, copy the code, & go back to the recovery page lớn enter the code. (You have 24 hours before you have to get another code.)You should get a small pop-up indicating that your recovery e-mail has been verified. You can include a verified recovery email to help in the recovery of your account. Set up a recovery phone number:Go to the “Ways we can verify it’s you” section (see above) and click on “Recovery email.”Click on “Add Recovery Phone” and enter the phone number in the pop-up box.Google will text you a verification code at that phone number. Enter it in the pop-up box. You can also địa chỉ cửa hàng a recovery phone number; Google will hotline or text you with a code. Remember when you started the accountIf all else fails, Google may ask you approximately when you created the account. Personally, I have no idea when I started most of my email accounts; if you want to check out when you started yours, probably the easiest way is lớn find your earliest Gmails (now, when you have access to lớn your account) and keep that info somewhere safe. (This, of course, assumes that you haven’t been efficient enough khổng lồ delete all your old emails; in that case, this won’t help.)In your gmail account, go to the left-hand menu, find “All Mail,” và click on it.Look in the upper right corner for the number of emails you have. (It will say something lượt thích “1-50 of 2,000.”) Click on that và select “Oldest.”Your email will now sort in the order of oldest first; if you (like me) haven’t been very good about deleting email, this should give you some idea of when you started the account. Finding your oldest emails may help you remember when you started your account. Google does offer some other pieces of advice for those who are having trouble restoring their websites, including sending all the info you can using your usual computer, in the same location that you usually compute in, & with your usual browser. Recover your passwordSo what if you actually vì lose your password or can’t get into your trương mục for another reason? Well, you go lớn Google’s recovery page và start answering those questions. Unfortunately, when I tried it on a kiểm tra account, I realized that my options were limited indeed. I was first asked for the last password I had used, then for a verification code from my alternate email, a verification code from my phone, & the answer to my security question (despite Google’s assertion that it no longer used security questions). When I claimed I didn’t have any of these available, the last screen simply urged me to try again. I went through the whole rigmarole again — and was again urged to “Try again.” There was no alternative offered.You can also try going to the “Can’t sign into your Google Account” page & selecting one or more of the choices offered lớn see if there are any other options. Following along with one of these issues may help you recover your account. But be aware that, even if you can enter the information Google’s bots ask for, it may not be enough. Back in 2017, tech journalist Ron Miller got locked out of his Google account; in an article, he described his considerable travails.So what can you do? If you really want khổng lồ keep your emails — and other Google data — available, make sure you have as many ways to lớn restore your trương mục as possible, and don’t forget lớn back it all up, just in case. Otherwise, after trying everything you can, you may have to vày what Google suggests at the bottom of its “Tips lớn complete account recovery steps” page — and create a new account.Update, December 10th, 2021, 9AM ET: This article was originally published on August 4th, 2021, & has been updated to add information on password managers, & to reflect current methods and options in Gmail.