Everything You Should Know About Google Account Recovery
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Google offers many services free of cost. For example, Google Photos, that allows storing unlimited photos and videos on the cloud, Gmail let users send and receive free emails and you also get free POP and IMAP service to setup your email account on computer and smartphone using any email client, Google Drive with 15GB free storage for any type of files, Google Alerts that let you subscribe to any kind of topic to receive free email alerts related to that topic, and there are many other services. If you are a blogger, you also get to use Google Analytics, Keyword Planner, Webmaster Tools, and many other Google Tools to drive and measure traffic to your website. Google also has many easter eggs that include online Calculation tools as well as Doodle Games. So how can someone risk losing the access to Google Account? There are times when we face trouble accessing our account or we delete Google account, but there are some solutions to fix the issue that we will discuss in this article.
How to Recover Google Account in Various Situations?
Resetting Password when you forget it, and Precautions to take
When you forget your Google Account Password, you need to know the answer to at least one of the question asked by Google. In some cases, you may need to answer more than one question.
- The Password that was previously used before changing it to the new one
- The recovery or alternative email that you have added while creating Google account. An alternative email address can also be added later
- Month and Year when the account was created
If you don’t remember the password, visit this page to reset. If you don’t know the answer to the question, click on Try Different Question.
Precaution to take before losing access: Make sure your Google Account has an alternative email address to make the password recovery easier when you forget. If possible make a note of the date, time, and year when you create Google account. Whatever you do, but don’t forget to add alternative email. To add an alternative email, you can visit myaccount.google.com, and click on Your Personal Info option. Now you can see the alternative emails if you have added any, and can also add a new email.
Recovering a Deleted Google Account
After deleting your Google account you get a short amount of time to recover it. It is usually 2 to 3 weeks. if you fail to recover during this period, you will lose access permanently and that account can never be recovered. Follow these steps to recover a deleted Google Account.
- Visit Google’s Recovery Page and enter the email address you want to recover. Press the next button. You will remain on the same page, but a new option will appear underneath email address field. Now click on Attempt to restore this account.
- You will be asked to enter the last password you remember. If you don’t know this click on Try Different Question, and try to answer the question you are asked. If you know the Password, type it into the provided field, and the click the Next button. Now Google will undelete your account.
How to Recover a Deleted Google+ Account
If you have deleted a Google Plus account, it can be recovered. However, you may not recover everything, but you will still have the followers you used to have before deleting the account. If it’s been long, you may not recover the account, but you can still try following the recovery process for Google Plus account.
What happens when you set up two-factor authentication and don’t have access to Mobile Number?
Google Account can also be used as Password Manager, and this is why Setting up Two-Factor Authentication is necessary to enhance the security of your Google Account and Keep it safe from hackers. However, it can put you in trouble if you don’t have any backup number or other backup options. After enabling 2-step verification without backup option when you try logging in with a different option, you get only 2 options; Get the code to your mobile number or contact google to activate the account. Contacting Google may take 2 to 3 business days.
A person may lose access to his/her mobile number for various reasons and this is why you must setup backup option so that you can access your Google account even when you don’t have the network or lose access to that number for any reason. So you can use an alternative number, password authenticator app, security key etc.. Google even allows generating some one-time passcodes that you can note down somewhere. Each code can be used once and when all are used, you need to generate more codes. If you want to start settings up backup option, Go to this page, sign in with your Google ID, and choose a suitable backup option.
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