Set up, check, and change your secondary Gmail address

  1. Protect yourself from account blocking
  2. Password recovery secondary email
  3. Gmail Account Security

Protect yourself from account blocking

If you can’t sign in to your Gmail account, Gmail should be able to contact you – and only you – with a link to reset your password.

A smart way to make sure you can always recover your Gmail account is to provide an alternate email address (or, better yet, several).

Password recovery secondary email

To add an additional email address to your Gmail password reset account:

  1. Start by opening Gmail and logging into your account.

  2. Search your Gmail inbox google apps icon and select it. The icon is a grid of nine squares similar to the one in Android.

  3. Select account in the application menu. This is the first option with the first letter of your name or a photo of you as the icon.

  4. A new tab will open on your Google account page. You will see a menu on the left side of the main part of the page. Click Security in this menu.

  5. Scroll through the page Security until you see it ways we can check if it’s you

  6. Select in this window Recovery email

  7. Google will ask you to re-enter your password to make sure you add the recovery email address.

  8. Google will take you to a page with little information. Towards the center there is a possibility ADD RECEIVE RECEIVE EMAIL † Choose it.

  9. A new window will appear where you can enter your recovery email address. When you’re done, click FINISHED

  10. Your new recovery email address will appear on the page. Everything is set up to recover your account with a new email address.

Gmail Account Security

While the recovery address is a step in the right direction, it is important that the recovery address is safe and accessible to you. Aim for a work address or a non-Google address (like, so if your data is compromised, you won’t be left unprotected.

In addition to setting a recovery password, follow best practices such as enabling two-factor authentication for your account. When given a choice, take a two-factor approach based on using a hardware device such as a USB security key or an authentication app on your smartphone. If you can, avoid two-factor decisions based on text messages.

From the same menu in your Google account, you can set up two-tier security.

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