Google Two-Step Verification protects your Gmail account from online hacking. Once you set it up on your iPhone or iPad, you don’t have to verify it whenever you sign in to your account on it. However, if you try to sign in to your account on other devices, you’ll have to pass the test of two-step verification before you can access your account.
It’s very important to provide the ultimate security to your account in the wake of ever-rampaging online hacking or cyber crime. Google Authenticator allows you to set up two-step verification much easily. If you don’t like to receive codes as text messages and want to use verification on many devices, you can download this app from App Store for free. But what if you don’t like to download this app, how would do you do it effortlessly?
How to Set Up Two-Step Authentication for Google/Gmail on iPhone or iPad
Step #1. Go to 2-Step Authentication page of Google on your iPhone.Step #2. Tap on Get Started from the top right corner.
Step #4. Google provides you option to select the option through which you want to receive codes. Text Message (SMS) and Voice Call.Text Message is the better option. The number which you have added with your Gmail account will be displayed. If you don’t want Google to send verification on this mobile number you can change that. Tap on Send Verification Code.
Step #5. You will receive Verification code on your iPhone which number you have added to send you code. Enter the verification code on the device upon which you want to set up two step verification and then tap on Verify.Step #6. Now, you will need to trust this device. It means whenever you will sign in to your Google account on this device, Google won't ask you for verification. Nevertheless, once in every 30 days, this trusted device will ask for verification code. Tap on Next.
That’s it! You have successfully set up the two-step verification on your iPhone.
In the event that you change your mind and want to remove this two step-verification, navigate to your Gmail Account Settings and get rid of it.
Now, you have the option to create app specific passwords to provide more security to your account. If you are interested, then move ahead with the further steps:
Create App Specific Passwords to Provide More Security to Your Google Account
Up next, you will need to reconnect your apps and devices. If you access your Google account through apps like Mail, Calendar etc., you will have to reconnect your apps to Google account to provide more security to your account. Tap on Reconnect my apps.
You will need to create app specific passwords. Select the app which you want to protect, select the device and then Generate Passwords. Google will create the app specific passwords itself. You don’t need to remember the password as Google will do that on behalf of you. If you try to open the password protected app on using your Gmail account on other devices, Google will ask you to verify.
At any time if you want to remove the password, navigate to your Account Settings and do that easily.