If you lose access to your Google account, here’s how to get it back. Don’t let yourself get shut out of your own information!
Nowadays, we all have Google accounts jam-packed with personal data, whether our emails, contacts, appointments, or text messages. As a result, losing access to our Google account has the potential to be a tragedy waiting to happen. However, there’s no need for a nervous breakdown just yet. To recover a Google account and reclaim control of your data, you can take a number of steps.
To recover a Google account depends on how you lost it in the first place. If you forgot your password, that’s easy to fix. Everything revolves around the Google account recovery link.
HOW TO RECOVER A DELETED GOOGLE ACCOUNT
Whether or not you can recover a deleted Google account depends on how long ago it was deleted. Basically, the sooner the better. Google doesn’t say what the cut-off point is, but some non-Google sites suggest it could be 60 to 90 days.
The Primary step in recovering your account is to simply log in and see if it allows you to access it. Things just became a lot more complicated, but not impossible, if you were hacked. You’ll need to enter your login and password, as well as maybe answer a few recovery questions. You may get lucky.
If the account was deleted too long ago, and you are therefore unable to log in the usual way, the Google account recovery link is what you’ll need. You’ll be prompted for your account name and the most recent password you recall. After that, Google will let you know if your account may be reinstated.
However, if the account was deleted for an extended period of time, you may be completely out of luck. The only other alternative is to cancel your Google account and create a new Google account.
HOW TO RECOVER A GOOGLE ACCOUNT IF YOUR ACCOUNT WAS HACKED
If your Google account has been hacked, you must act quickly. The better your reaction time is, the better.
If someone signs into your account using an unidentified device or IP address, Google flags the account and sends you an email to notify you. If you don’t recognize the login, go to your Google account’s security section and reset your password right away.
However, if you wait too long and the hacker has the opportunity to change the password, you’ll be directed to the account recovery page. You’ll be asked for your most recent password as well as your security questions. A verification code will be sent to your backup email address or phone number if you have one in your account. This is why it’s critical that you fill in these details ahead of time in order to “hack-proof” your account in the future.
Of course, this assumes the hacker hasn’t changed your backup options or personal information yet. If they have, your chances of getting the Google account back just plummeted, and you may need to assume it’s lost. If that’s the case, revoke the account’s access to any other online services you granted it, as well as cancel your Google Pay credit card number.
HOW TO RECOVER A GOOGLE ACCOUNT IF YOU FORGOT YOUR PASSWORD
This is probably one of the easiest ways to recover a Google account. It’s as simple as clicking the Forgot password? option on the login page. If you have a Google Workspace account, however, you may need to contact your Workspace administrator to have your password reset.
Assuming it’s a uniform vanilla Google account, enter your email address on any Google login page (Gmail, YouTube, etc.) and click Next. This brings you to the password page, where you now need to click Forgot password?
If your account has two-factor authentication enabled, you’ll be prompted to input the 2FA code or a backup code before continuing. You’ve pretty much-lost access to the account if you can’t perform this. For security concerns, there is no way to stop two-factor authentication. This is a compelling reason to safeguard your backup codes.
You’ll be asked to enter the last password you recall using with the account, assuming you’ve progressed through the two-factor authentication stage (or didn’t need it in the first place). If you use a password that you previously used with the account, Google will send an activation code to the account’s backup email address.
Enter the activation code, type in a new password, and you’re in.
You’ll have to answer your recovery questions if you forget your passwords or don’t receive an activation code. If you can’t answer those, your prospects of recovering are practically nil at this point.
HOW TO RECOVER A GOOGLE ACCOUNT IF YOU FORGOT YOUR EMAIL ADDRESS
Because creating a Google account is so simple, we’re likely to have many accounts. What if you need to recover one but can’t recall the precise username? That is made simple for you by Google.
On the login page, where you would enter the account name, a link says Forgot email? Select that.
You’ll then be asked to enter:
- Your phone number or recovery email (must be the same as the one associated with the Google account you’re attempting to access).
- Then the full name on your account.
- Then you’ll receive a recovery code through text message to your phone number.
Assuming you’ve entered the correct information each time, Google will now display a list of all of your registered email addresses on the screen. Enter your password and click on the one you wish to log in with.
TIPS ON HOW TO FINISH THE ACCOUNT RECOVERY PROCESS
Google has a great page with ideas on how to enhance your chances of getting your account back. It all comes down to answering questions thoroughly, providing as much information as possible, and using a known device or IP address.
The less “suspect” you appear to Google, the more likely you are to regain access to your account.
HOW TO CONTACT GOOGLE TO HELP WITH GOOGLE ACCOUNT RECOVERY
In short, Google doesn’t provide any “real person” support for account recovery. They used to have a form you could fill out and submit to their support team, but everything now appears to be automated through the account recovery link. You may be upset, but when you consider the huge volume of recovery requests Google receives every day, it’s easy to see why they wanted to automate the process.
As we already stated, all roads lead to the account recovery page. Your chances of recovery are pretty strong if you go through that process and have a backup contact or recovery questions.