Add or Remove trusted computers

If you don’t want to enter a 2-Step Verification code every time you sign in to your Google Account, you can mark your computer or mobile device as trusted. With trusted computers and devices, you don’t need to enter a verification code when you sign in.

Adding trusted computers and devices

You can add your computer to the trusted list at any time. When you sign up for 2-Step Verification, you’ll be asked if you want to trust the computer you’re using. You can also mark a computer as trusted by selecting "Trust this computer" when entering a verification code.

Removing trusted computers from your list

You can remove computers from your set of trusted computers at any time. To do so:

  1. Sign in to your Google Account settings.
  2. Click 2-Step Verification.
  3. On the "Registered computers" tab, click Require codes > Remove this computer from my trusted list to remove the computer you’re using at the time or to remove other computers from your trusted list, click Change setting > Require codes.

Common issues with the "Trust this computer" option

Asked to provide verification code despite checking "Trust this computer" box

You might be asked to give your username, password, and a code multiple times despite having checked the box next to "Trust this computer" at sign-in. Usually this is because your browser does not have cookies enabled, is set to delete cookies after a certain period of time, or is set to delete cookies every time you quit the browser.

Depending on how often you want to sign in, enable cookies in your browser then change the settings for when you'd like your browser to delete cookies. For example, you can ask your browser to delete cookies every 30 days, which means you need to sign in again once the 30 days are up. Or, you could ask your browser to never delete cookies.

"Trust this computer" option doesn’t work

For computers you trust, Google recommends you select the "Trust this computer" option when you are asked for a verification code. When you check this box, you won’t have to enter a code every time you sign in to your account from that computer.

This feature uses a cookie to remember your browser when you sign in. If you’re still being asked to enter a code despite selecting the "Trust this computer" option, this might be because your browser is set to delete cookies after a certain period of time, or is set to delete cookies every time you quit the browser. You may also be manually clearing cookies from your browser.

Try following the steps below if you don’t want to enter a verification code every time you sign in.

  • Edit your browser’s cookie settings. You can either set your browser to save cookies, or you can add an exception for Google Account cookies by adding [*.] Click on the browser you use below for more information on how to edit your settings.
  • Incognito windows can't access existing cookies from other browser sessions on your computer. To sign in, you should open a non-incognito window.
  • Check "Trust this computer" for each different browser or computer that you use. If you use different browsers or computers to sign in, make sure you check this box on every computer and adjust your cookie settings on each browser.

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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