Security notification settings

If Google needs to tell you about changes to your account, or if we find suspicious activity, we’ll let you know. Depending on the info we have from you, we’ll get in touch by text, by emailing your main and recovery email addresses, or by doing both. These texts and emails are for account security purposes, and we won’t send you any advertising emails or spam.

Adjust your notifications:

  1. Go to your Account Settings page
  2. Go to “Recent Activity.” Then choose Notifications & Alerts Settings.
  3. Check the boxes to receive alerts by phone or email. 
Alerts for new sign-ins

To help you stay on top your account’s security, Google sends an alert when you sign in to an application or device for the first time.

We might send you an alert for a device that you’ve signed in from before. This can happen if you’ve recently deleted cookies or updated an app. 

The alert gives the time and place of the sign-in. If you weren’t the one to make this sign-in (or just want  more information about your devices and alerts) head to the Devices & activity page.


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