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Sign in with your phone instead of a password

Instead of typing your password each time you sign in to your Google Account, you can get a prompt sent to your phone.

Tap the notification from Google to confirm, and you'll be signed in quickly and securely. If your phone isn't nearby, you can select "Use your password instead" on the sign-in screen.

Set up your phone

To use your phone when you sign in, you'll need to set up your device in your account.

1. Make sure your phone is compatible

You can use these phones to sign in to your Google Account:

2. Set up your phone

To start signing in with your phone, follow these steps. You'll need your phone for the setup process.

  1. On your computer or tablet, go to the "Sign in & security" section of My Account. You might need to sign in to your Google Account.
  2. In the "Tired of typing passwords?" box, select Get started.
  3. Select Set it up, then sign in to your account. You'll be taken to a guided setup process.
  4. In the "Use your phone to sign in" section, choose which phone you want to use to sign in.
  5. Turn on your device's security feature.
    • If there isn't a check next to "Screen lock," select Add a screen lock and follow the onscreen instructions.
  6. Choose Next.
  7. Below your username, select Next to practice how you'll sign in.
  8. On your phone, follow the onscreen instructions to see Google's prompt, then tap Yes.
  9. On your computer or tablet, select Turn on to finish setup.

Now whenever you sign in to your Google Account, you'll get a "Trying to sign in?" prompt sent to your phone.

Sign in with your phone

  1. When signing in, enter your email address or phone number, then select Next. (Your information might show up automatically.) You'll see a reminder to check your phone to sign in.
  2. On the "Trying to sign in?" prompt sent to your phone, tap Yes.
Change which phone you use to sign in
  1. Go to the "Use your phone to sign in" section of My Account.
  2. Select Add a phone.
  3. Follow the onscreen instructions to set up a phone.
Stop signing in with your phone

To stop using your phone to sign in:

  1. Go to the "Use your phone to sign in" section of My Account.
  2. Select Turn off.

You can turn this feature back on at any time.

Details about signing in with your phone

Use only recommended devices

We recommend that you set up only the phone that you use regularly and always carry with you. Avoid setting up shared devices or old devices that you leave at home or at work.

Signing in with your phone is safe

Signing in with your phone is an easy and secure alternative to using your password. Strong passwords have a mix of letters, numbers, and symbols, often making them difficult to remember and type, especially on small screens.

To sign in with your phone, you need to turn on Screen lock. This security feature helps prevent anyone else from unlocking your phone and using it to sign in to your Google Account.

Turn on Screen lock

To sign in with your phone, you need to turn on Screen lock on your Android:

  1. On your phone, open the Settings app Settings.
  2. Under "Personal," tap Security and then Screen lock.
  3. Choose a screen lock and follow the onscreen instructions to finish setup.

Note: Settings may vary depending on your Android phone.

You might need to take extra steps to sign in

If we notice something different about how you're signing in, you'll need to take an extra step or two to confirm it's really you. For instance, you might need to match a number between screens or enter your password.

Fix problems

Your phone isn't listed

If your phone doesn't show up in the "Your phone" section of the setup process:

  1. Make sure you're using a compatible device.
  2. Sign in to your Google Account on your phone.
    • Open the Settings app Settings and then Accounts and then Add account. Select Google and follow the onscreen instructions.
  3. Go back to your computer or tablet. On the "What you need" page, select Try again, then choose your phone.
Your phone isn't nearby or you can't use it

In some cases, you might need to use your password to sign in, including when:

  • You don't have your phone with you
  • Your phone is out of battery
  • Your phone is offline

When events like this happen, go to the sign-in screen and select Try another way to sign in and then Enter your password.

Your phone is lost

Screen lock helps protect your phone in case it's lost or stolen. Even if someone else has your device, that person can't unlock it to sign in to your account.

Even though your phone has this security feature, we recommend that you follow these steps to make your account more secure:

  1. Sign in to your account on another device.
  2. Go to the "Recently used devices" section of My Account.
  3. Select the lost device.
  4. Next to "Account access," choose Remove.
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