How to setup App Passwords by Google

App passwords let you sign in to your Google Account from apps on devices that don’t support 2-Step Verification. Users are only required to enter App Passwords once and do not need to remember it.

An App Password is a 16-digit passcode that gives a non-Google app or device permission to access a user’s Google Account. App Passwords can only be used with accounts that have 2-Step Verification turned on.

To help keep your account secure, use Sign in with Google (A Google sign in integration offered to developers to enable users of their platform sign-in with an existing Google Account) to connect apps to your Google Account. If the app you’re using doesn’t offer this option, you can either:

  • Use App Passwords to connect to your Google Account
  • Switch to a more secure app

Note: If you use 2-Step-Verification and are seeing a “password incorrect” error when trying to access your Google Account, an App Password may solve the problem.

To create App Passwords on Google, follow the steps below;

  1. Go to your Google Account.
  2. On the left navigation panel, choose Security.
  3. On the “Signing in to Google” panel, choose App Passwords. If you don’t see this option:
    • 2-Step Verification is not set up for your account.
    • 2-Step Verification is set up for security keys only.
    • Your account is through work, school, or other organization.
    • You’ve turned on Advanced Protection for your account.
  4. At the bottom, choose Select app and choose the app you’re using.
  5. Choose Select device and choose the device you’re using.
  6. Choose Generate.
  7. Follow the instructions to enter the App Password. The App Password is the 16-character code in the yellow bar on your device.
  8. Choose Done.

Most of the time, you’ll only have to enter an App Password once per app or device, so don’t worry about memorizing it.

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