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How to change Google account password

A Google account or a Gmail account connect to every Google service or product that you use. A Google account works with the Chrome browser, a Chromecast, an Android device, YouTube, Gmail, Google Maps, etc. If your Google Account is compromised, quite a few services and devices can be hijacked. Google has many security measures you can take to add an extra layer of security however, if you suspect you account has been compromised, you should change your password immediately.

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Change Google password

A single Google account, and its password, unlock many services. Where it’s convenient to have one account for everything, it also means that the same account can grant the wrong person access to everything. 

1. Change Google password – Desktop

Changing the password to your Google account on the desktop is easy if you have access to your account.

  1. Open any browser of your choice and visit this link. 
  2. Sign in to your Google Account.
  3. Select Security from the column on the left.
  4. Scroll down and click Passwords.

  1. Sign in again if prompted to.
  2. Enter a new password and confirm it.
  3. Click Change Password.

2. Change Google password – Mobile

You can change your Google account’s password from a mobile device but you may have to go through a few extra screens to get to the right option.

  1. Visit this link in a mobile browser.
  2. Swipe to the Security tab at the top and select it.
  3. Scroll down to the Signing in to Google section.
  4. Tap Password.
  5. Enter a new password and confirm it.
  6. Tap Change password.

3. Remotely sign out – Google Account

If you’re changing your password because you think someone else has access to your account, it is a good idea to remotely sign out the account from everything. 

  1. Visit this link and sign in to your Google Account.
  2. Select Security from the column on the left.
  3. Scroll down to Devices.
  4. Select Manage devices.
  5. Click the more options button at the top right of a device and select Sign Out.
  6. Repeat for all other devices.

Conclusion

If your Google account is compromised, you risk losing access to Google’s services and your data. There’s also the added problem that lots of services Dropbox, Slack, Evernote, etc., all allow users to sign up with a Google Account. This puts more services at risk than just those that Google owns. If your account has been compromised, you should consider adding two-factor authentication. You can use your phone number or set up the Google Authenticator app. 

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