The two step verification feature was added in Gmail to ensure that users do not find hacking activities happening on their accounts. This process helps to safeguard one’s account login process more than the standard password entry feature. It comprises of having to key in an additional security code that is either sent as an email to your secondary email address or sent as a text message to your registered phone number.
How the two step verification works?
Those who wish to use the two step verification feature can do so by accessing the settings section of their Google account:
- This would require one to key in additional information or a security code that is emailed to one’s alternate email address or sent as a text message to one’s registered phone number.
- This process is activated every time one needs to log into their email account through a new device or a new location.
The process of having to key in the password as well as the additional security information for your Gmail login can make your account login a lengthy procedure. For such reasons many people wish to turn off the two step verification feature. Though it is recommended that one keeps the additional layer of security for logging into their account, there is the option to deactivate the two step verification method as well.
The steps to follow are:
- You need to visit the My Account section under Settings.
- Here you will find a section titled “Sign in and security”.
- Here you will find the two step verification feature.
- You might be asked to sign into your account with username, password as well as verification code.
- After that you will find the option to turn off the feature.
- A pop up window will come up to verify that you wish to turn off the two step verification feature.
Once the feature is turned off you will find that your login requirements have reverted back to simply the password being asked at the time of logging into your account, especially when you are trying to access the account from a new computer or unknown location.