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Google recently introduced additional step to protect your account on Android device.

Google recently introduced additional step to protects your account on Android device.

If you're signing in from a different location than you usually do, Google may ask you to enter a code that you get from your Android phone or tablet. This helps make sure that you own the account.

You don't need an internet connection or mobile service to get codes.

Note: Some of these steps work only on Android 8.0 and up. Learn how to check your Android version.

  • On your device, find your Google Settings. Depending on your device, either:
  • In your main Settings app Settings app, tap Google.
  • Open a separate app called Google Settings Sign & Security.
  • Under "Services," tap Security and then Security code.
  • If needed , enter your device password and pick the account.
  • You'll see an 8-digit code.
  • On the screen of the device you want to sign in to, enter the code. Select Continue.

The additional step at sign in is designed to prevent an unauthorized person who does not know you from accessing your account, even if they've obtained your username and password. While this won't necessarily stop people who know you from accessing your account (for that, try 2-step verification), it's an important measure to keep hijackers who have a long list of passwords from doing malicious things with your account, such as creating spam or accessing and deleting valuable data.

If you can’t verify your identity by providing the information requested, you can also access your account by resetting your password.

Source: support.google.com

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