When Google might send you a text
Below are some reasons you could get a text (SMS) from Google.
You can’t get in to your account, and you want to reset your password
If you've added a phone number to your account for security purposes, Google can text you a code. This code can help you change your password and get back in. Learn more about using your phone as a recovery option.
You've signed up for 2-step Verification
If you use 2-Step Verification, you’ve elected to get a verification code by text when you sign in. This code adds an extra layer of security to your account. Learn more about 2-Step Verification.
You're creating an account, and we want to make sure you’re not a robot
If you’re creating a Google Account, we'll ask you to enter a verification code that we send to your phone. Learn more about verifying your account by text message.
We sometimes ask you to complete an extra sign-in step, like if:
- You sign in from a place you usually don’t sign in from.
- You use a device you haven’t used before.
The extra step can include entering a verification code that we send to your phone by text. Learn more about unusual sign-ins.
You’ve asked us to notify you by text about changes to your account
You'll get an email when there's a security-related action taken on your account (for example, a password change). However, you can also choose to get these notifications by text. Learn more about security notifications
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