There are several differences between traditional passwords, like the one you use to sign in to your Google Account, and the verification codes and App passwords you might use for 2-Step Verification.
- Created when you first sign up for a Google Account or change your password.
- A combination of letters, digits and characters that you choose.
- You need to remember your traditional password.
- If you forget your traditional password, you can reset it using your recovery options, like your backup email address or phone number.
Codes for 2-Step VerificationVerification codes
- Delivered to your phone through SMS or a voice call, or generated by the Google Authenticator App.
- Six to eight digits (Example:
- You don't have to remember your verification code, because you'll get a new one each time you need it.
- You’ll need your verification code every time you sign in, unless you've marked a computer as "trusted."
- Generate backup codes ahead of time and use them when you don't have access to your phone.
- If you own an Android device, you can generate codes through Google Settings even if your device is offline.
- You generate backup codes on the 2-Step Verification page. When asked for a backup option, select Use another backup option. Print or download the codes here.
- Eight numbers (Example:
- Download or print the backup codes and keep them somewhere safe.
- You'll need a backup code when you sign in without your phone or otherwise can't receive codes via SMS, voice call, or Google Authenticator.
- If your set of codes might have been stolen or you’ve used many of the backup codes, you can generate a new set by clicking Get new codes. The old set of codes will become inactive.
Note: If you have the most current operating system on your iPhone, iPad, or Mac, you no longer need App passwords to use 2-Step Verification.
- You generate an App password on the App passwords page.
- Sixteen letters (Example:
ohgh uylv xkwd zgbz).
- You don’t have to remember your App password, because you can generate a new one anytime.
- You'll need your App password to sign in to your Google Account on a device, a mobile app (like the Gmail app on your iPhone), or a desktop app (such as AdWords Editor).
- If you lose your phone or stop using an app that was authorized with an App password, revoke the App password.