Sign in with Security Key (2-Step Verification)

First, make sure you’ve added a Security Key to your Google Account. Then, follow these steps to sign in:

  1. Enter your username and password like you normally do.
  2. When prompted, insert your Security Key into a USB port on your computer: If your Security Key has a button
    After inserting, you should see a blinking light. Lightly tap the blinking circle
    If your Security Key doesn't have a button
    This Security Key turns off after each use. Please remove and reinsert the Security Key each time you need to use it.

When you'll sign in this way

You'll sign in with a Security Key whenever you use a new computer. You can choose to use your key each time you sign in or skip using it on trusted devices.

If your Google Account is through your work, school, or other group: You might use your Security Key more often, depending on the account settings your administrator has set up.

Keep sign-in simple

During sign-in, you can tell us to remember that particular computer. From then on, when you sign in to that computer, we’ll just ask for your password.

You'll still be covered, because when you or anyone else tries to sign in to your account from another computer, a verification code or a Security Key will be required.

Why am I being asked for a verification code?

If you're signing in from an unsupported browser or device, you’ll be asked for a verification code instead of your Security Key. Enter the verification code we send to your phone.


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