You should change your Gmail password from time to time for security purposes. So it is important to know how you can actually change your Gmail password (which is also your general Google account password) on your PC, and phone.
You never know when you may be forced to change your password immediately due to any suspicious activity and knowing how to do so on your devices will be handy.
In this tutorial, we are going to show you how you can change your Gmail password on both your PC and Android phone.
Change Your Gmail Password on a PC
Sign in to Gmail using your username and current password. Once inside, click on the gear icon on the top right corner under your account picture. Here you will find “Settings” option, click on it.
In “Settings” you need to navigate to “Account and Import” tab. You will find the option “Change password” here, click on it and you will be prompted to login again using your current password.
Once logged in, you will see two fields where you will have to enter your new password. Below the first field, you will see your password strength, make sure it is “Strong”.
After adding the new password in both fields, click on “CHANGE PASSWORD” in blue to change your password. You will also receive a confirmation via email that your password has been changed.
Things to Consider while Creating a new Password
You need to ensure that your password is strong so it won’t get hacked. Below are some things you should know while creating a password so you could create a strong password.
- Your password will be case sensitive.
- The password you will create must contain at least 8 characters.
- You can add numbers, symbols ($#%^&) and spaces (only between the password, not at the start or end) in your password to make it even stronger.
- Once a password is changed on your Gmail account, that password cannot be used again.
Tip: Don’t worry about remembering strong passwords, there are many services that will remember your username/password for you and automatically fill the fields. Some popular services include LastPass and 1Password.
Change Your Gmail Password on a Phone
To change Gmail password in your phone, open your browser and type “myaccount.google.com”. Press enter and you will prompted to sign in with your Google account, if you are not already signed in. Here, tap on “Sign-in & security” option.
On the next page, you will see the option of “Password”, tap on it and you will be required to sign in again with your current password.
Sign in again and you will see two blank fields where you can enter your new password (follow the above instructions to create a strong password). When both fields are filled, tap on “CHANGE PASSWORD” in blue to change your Gmail password.
Note: This method will work on your PC as well, as you only need a browser to access your account.
Tip: If you are very concerned about your account security, then you might want to consider using Two-Factor Authentication. Using this, a verification code will be sent to your phone number whenever you will log-in, without the code no one can access your account. This will provide double protection, both your account password and the verification code will be required. Along with many popular websites, Google also supports Two-Factor Authentication.
With the above two methods you will be able to change your password whenever you need without much hassle. If you have any questions or know any other method to change Gmail password, let us know in the comments below.