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Even if the client is one of the most popular in the world, with more than a billion users as of 2016, that doesn’t mean everyone knows their way around every nook and cranny. To fix that, here’s how to change your Gmail password in a few easy steps.
Step 1: Sign in to your Google account
Head to the Google MyAccount page and click the blue “Sign-in” button in the top right-hand corner.
Input your login details as requested and if needed, verify your identity using two-factor authentication.
Step 2: Open your security settings
Click on the “Sign-in & security,” button and you’ll be presented with a number of options. Scroll down until you find the section “Singing in to Google.”
Step 3: Change your password
Find the section titled “Password.” It will tell you when you last changed it and whether you have 2-step verification activated. Click the Password button and when prompted, input your password again to confirm your identity. You’ll then be asked to input a new password. Make sure it’s complicated, with a mix of numbers, letters, capital letters, and special characters. If you’re worried about forgetting it, use a password manager.
Once you’ve verified the password, it’s changed and your account is nice and secure. This is also a good time to double check your other account details, such as two-step verification and recovery methods.
Changing your password with the Gmail Android app
If you access your email on an Android tablet or smartphone, the method for changing your password is a little different, but no more complicated.
Open the Gmail application and click the three-line menu icon in the top left-hand corner. Next, select “Settings” from the bottom of the menu and then choose the account you want to change. Click “Manage your Google account,” followed by the “Menu” button and then “Settings.” Alternatively, you can scroll along the top menu and tap the same option.
Tap the “Password” section and input your current password. Then input your new one, confirm it and you’re all good to go.