Set up a recovery phone number or email address

To make sure you can get back into your Google Account if you ever can’t sign in, add recovery information.

How recovery info helps you

A recovery phone number or email address helps you reset your password if:

  • You forget your password
  • Someone else is using your account
  • You’re locked out of your account for another reason

Tip: If you change your recovery phone or email, Google may still offer to send verification codes to your previous recovery phone number or email address for 7 days. If someone starts to use your account without your permission, this allows you to quickly secure your settings.

Add or change a recovery phone number

Add a recovery phone number

  1. Go to your Google Account.
  2. On the left navigation panel, click Personal info.
  3. Under "Contact info," click Add a recovery phone to help keep your account secure.
  4. Follow the steps on the screen.

Change a recovery phone number

  1. Go to your Google Account.
  2. On the left navigation panel, click Personal info.
  3. Under "Contact info," click Phone and then Phone number.
    • Change your recovery phone: Next to your number, click Edit Edit.
    • Delete your recovery phone: Next to your number, click Delete Delete .
  4. Follow the steps on the screen.

Tip: If you delete your recovery phone number, it may still be used for other Google services. To manage your phone numbers, go to your account.

Which number to use

Use a mobile phone that:

  • Gets text messages
  • Belongs only to you
  • You use regularly and keep with you

Add or change a recovery email address

Add a recovery email address

  1. Go to your Google Account.
  2. On the left navigation panel, click Personal info.
  3. Under "Contact info," click Email and then Recovery email. You might need to sign in.
  4. Follow the steps on the screen.

Change a recovery email address

  1. Go to your Google Account.
  2. On the left navigation panel, click Personal info.
  3. Under "Contact info," click Email and then Recovery email. You might need to sign in.
  4. Click on your recovery email address to edit.

Which email to use

Choose an email address that:

  • You use regularly
  • Is different from the one you use to sign in to your Google Account

How recovery info is used

Recovery info helps you get back into your account and helps keep your account secure.

Recovery phone number

Here are some ways your recovery phone number can be used:

  • To send you a code to get into your account if you’re ever locked out
  • To block someone from using your account without your permission
  • To make it easier for you to prove that an account is yours
  • To tell you if there’s suspicious activity on your account

If your recovery phone number is the same as another phone number you’ve added to your account, it might be used for other purposes. Learn more about how phone numbers are used.

Recovery email address

Here are some ways your recovery email address can be used:

  • To confirm your username after you create an email address
  • To help you get into your account if you forget your password or can't sign in for another reason
  • To let you know if you're about to run out of storage space
  • To tell you if there’s suspicious activity on your account

Fix problems

Can't sign in

Go to the account recovery page, and answer the questions as best you can. These tips can help.

Use the account recovery page if:

  • You forgot your password.
  • Someone changed your password.
  • Someone deleted your account.
  • You can’t sign in for another reason.

Tip: To make sure you’re trying to sign in to the right account, try recovering your username.

Can't change recovery info

If there’s something different about how you’re signing in, you might not have the option to change your recovery info. You can try again:

  • From a device you normally use to sign in.
  • From a location where you normally sign in.
  • The following week from the device that you’re currently using.
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