Written by MyHow
Change Your Gmail PasswordIf you suspect that there are some chances that your account has been tampered with in any way, or you just want to play it safe, the best way for you to take is to either change your password without delay as you can become a victim of identity theft, or change your password from time to time if it’s to keep ahead of hackers or anyone else for that matter.
Changing your Gmail password is so easy that you can even do it every week if you feel like and seeing that it can give you peace of mind, why not. The following are guidelines you can use to help you change your password.
- You need to be signed in to change your password so, go to the Gmail login page and enter your username and current password to log into your account.
- Navigate to the settings icon located near the top right hand corner of your account page. The icon resembles a gear.
- Click on that icon then choose ‘settings’ option from the drop down menu.
- The settings option will bring out another page indicating several options. Navigate the horizontal menu on those options and click on the ‘Accounts and import’ button.
- Another page will bring up more options. Navigate to the ‘change password’ link, this will be right at the top of the other options.
- The ‘change your password’ link will open a window showing your account and from there you will be prompted to type in your desired password.
- As you type your password, its strength will be showing in a section on the left of the password you are typing. When it is strong enough, it will show. The system will not accept a password that resembles your old password.
- You are advised to always use passwords which will not be easily figured out by anyone trying to steal into your account. Inadvisable are dates of birth, cell phone numbers etc. Go for a combination of caps, small letters, numbers and other characters to make it as difficult as possible for anyone to guess the password.
- After you have types in your new password, underneath the type password prompt you will find another space requesting that you re-type the password you just typed. Do as instructed.
- Finally, click on the ‘change password’ button and your password is automatically changed.
Steps to follow if you are using a mobile device are slightly different but even simpler. Sign in to your account as usual then go to the ‘sign in & security’ section from which you should choose ‘signing into Google’. From there, hover over the ‘password’ button and click. The same prompts as for your computer will ask that you enter your desired password. After you do that you choose the ‘change password’ button and you are good to go. This applies to most mobile devices but one or two might have additional requirements.