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August 26, 2019

We all know someone who’s gotten an account hacked.

Whether it was their social media account or their Gmail, there are ways you can heighten your cyber security efforts to ensure your information is protected. In addition to using multi-factor authentication, you can also regularly change your Gmail password.

Changing your Gmail password is easy, regardless if you’re doing so on a desktop or the iPhone app. For steps on how to do both, just keep reading.

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How to change your Gmail password

It’s important that you know how to create a strong password so that no one can hack your Gmail account and access all of your emails and personal information. Once you understand that, it’ll only take a few minutes to change your Gmail password.

Whether you’re changing your Gmail password on your desktop or the Gmail app for iPhone, just keep reading for a step-by-step guide.

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On desktop

When you’re logged into Gmail on your desktop, click the gear icon in the upper-right corner and click Settings.

Click Settings in Gmail


From the top list of options, click Accounts and Imports.

Click Accounts and Imports in Gmail


Next to Change account settings, selection Change password.

Click Change Password in Gmail


Gmail will then open a new window. First, verify it’s you by typing in your current password. Then, click Next.Enter Password in GmailEnter your new password in both of the required fields. Note that it should be at least eight characters long. When you’ve picked a new password, click Change Password.

Change Gmail Password

Your Google Account will then confirm your password has been changed.

Gmail Password Confirmation
Related: As you learn more about Gmail, find out how to change your Gmail signature to make your emails stand out!

On the iPhone app

Once in the iPhone Gmail app, tap the three horizontal lines in the upper left-hand side of the screen and scroll to Settings.

Gmail Settings in iPhone App


Then, choose the Gmail account you’d like to make adjustments to.

Choose Gmail Account


Under Account, select Manage your Google Account.

Manage your Google Account


From the options at the top, scroll over to Security.

Security in Gmail iPhone App


Under Signing in to Google, select Password.

Update Password in Gmail iPhone App


Just like on desktop, type in your current password and click Next.

Enter Gmail Password in iPhone App
Next, you’ll be prompted to enter a new password. Just like on desktop, you’ll be told it should be at least eight characters. Then select Change Password. You’ll then be shown a confirmation screen that your password was successfully changed.

 
Change Gmail Password in iPhone App

Change is for the better

Whether you’re boosting your cyber security efforts or just need to change your Gmail password after giving it to someone you shouldn’t have, doing so is easy. Just make sure you commit it to memory and keep it to yourself.

While we’re changing passwords, learn how to kick up your security even more by resetting your iPhone passcode.

Learn more: How to Reset Your iPhone Passcode →

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