Basics of backup codes

If you lot lose your phones or otherwise can’t receive codes via SMS, voice call, or Google Authenticator, y’all tin apply fill-in codes to sign in. Follow the instructions below to generate backup codes. You tin also use these codes to sign in if you don’t have your Security Primal.

The codes come in sets of 10, and you can generate a new fix at any indicate, automatically making the old set up inactive. In addition, after yous’ve used a fill-in code to sign in, it will go inactive.

We recommend you store your codes wherever you keep your other valuable items. Like the codes on your phone, backup codes are only valuable to someone if they manage to also steal your password.

Creating and viewing a set of backup codes

To create a new gear up of fill-in codes:

  1. Sign in to your account at https://myaccount.google.com/security/signinoptions/2-step-verification.
  2. Wait for the “Backup codes” area.
  3. Click
    Setup
    or
    Show codes
    .
  4. If you are fine using the current fix of backup codes, y’all can print or download them. If you believe this set of codes might have been stolen or you’ve used many of the backup codes, y’all can generate a new set by clicking
    Get new codes.

Note: Can’t find the backup codes you downloaded? Search your reckoner for “Backup-codes-username.txt” with your username. For example, if your username is google123, search for “Fill-in-codes-google123.txt”

Signing in

  1. Locate your fill-in codes.
  2. Go to the sign-in page of the Google service you lot want to use (for example, Gmail).
  3. Enter your username and password.
  4. When asked for your verification code, clickEffort another mode to sign in.
  5. ClickEnter 1 of your eight-digit backup codes.
  6. Enter your backup code.
  7. Optional: Equally each code can be used just once, you might want to mark the code equally used.
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