An App Password is a 16-digit passcode that gives a non-Google app or device permission to access your Google Account. App Passwords can only be used with accounts that have 2-Step Verification turned on.
When to use App Passwords
To help keep your account secure, use "Sign in with Google" to connect apps to your Google Account. If the app you’re using doesn’t offer this option, you can either:
- Use App Passwords to connect to your Google Account
- Switch to a more secure app
Note: If you use 2-Step-Verification and are seeing a "password incorrect" error when trying to access your Google Account, an App Password may solve the problem.
- Go to your Google Account.
- On the left navigation panel, choose Security.
- On the "Signing in to Google" panel, choose App Passwords. If you don’t see this option:
- 2-Step Verification is not set up for your account.
- 2-Step Verification is set up for security keys only.
- Your account is through work, school, or other organization.
- You’ve turned on Advanced Protection for your account.
- At the bottom, choose Select app and choose the app you’re using.
- Choose Select device and choose the device you’re using.
- Choose Generate.
- Follow the instructions to enter the App Password. The App Password is the 16-character code in the yellow bar on your device.
- Choose Done.
Most of the time, you’ll only have to enter an App Password once per app or device, so don’t worry about memorizing it.
Why you may need an App Password
When you use 2-Step Verification, some apps or devices may be blocked from accessing your Google Account. App Passwords are a way to let the blocked app or device access your Google Account.
Tip: Whenever possible, connect apps to your Google Account by selecting the "Sign in with Google" option available in many apps.
App passwords revoked after password change
To help protect your account, your app passwords are revoked when you change your Google Account password. You can always create a new app password to continue using an app with your Google Account.
Tip: If the app offers "Sign in with Google," we recommend using that feature to connect the app to your Google Account.
Every App Password is only used once. You can always generate a new App Password whenever you need one, even for a device or application you've authorized before.
If you're using an app not made by Google and can't sign in, that app's sign-in process might not be secure. Try updating to the latest version of the app and look for the "Sign in with Google" option that’s available in many apps. You can also consider switching to a more secure app.
If you’re having trouble signing in to your Google Account with Microsoft Outlook, you can:
- Use "Sign in with Google"
- Try signing in to Outlook using your Google Account username. Make sure you’re using the latest version of the Outlook app or program.
- Use an App Password
- If your Google Account has 2-Step Verification turned on and you can’t use "Sign in with Google," you can use an App Password.