Turn off 2-Step Verification

Signing in with a password and a verification code means your account is more secure. When you remove this extra layer of of security, you will only be asked for a password when you sign in, which makes it easier for someone to break into your account.

Turning off 2-Step Verification

  1. In “Signing in & security” section of My Account, select 2-Step Verification. Sign in with your username, password, and verification code if asked.
  2. Select Turn off 2-Step Verification.
  3. A pop-up window will appear to confirm that you want to turn off 2-Step Verification. Select Ok.

Revoking app passwords you no longer use

If you used App Passwords to authorize applications to access your Google Account, you may see errors when you turn off 2-Step verification. If this happens, re-enter your Google Account password. We recommend you go back to using passwords — rather than App Passwords — to access these applications. To revoke your app passwords, please follow the steps below:

  1. Sign in to My Account.
  2. In the “Sign-in & security” section, select Signing in to Google.
  3. Choose App passwords, you may have to reenter your password.
  4. Select Revoke for any application or device whose code you want to revoke.

Note: You'll need to reauthorize each application that has a revoked App Password by entering your username and password, just like you did before turning on 2-Step Verification. You might not be asked for this information the next time you use the application because some applications take longer to recognized that an App Password has been revoked.

In addition, remember to destroy all backup codes that you had been using to verify this account.

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Kaley is on the Accounts support team and author of this help page. Please leave suggestions below on how to improve her article.

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