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How to Change Your Gmail Password

This wikiHow teaches how to change or reset your Gmail account password. Note that you cannot change your Gmail password from within the Gmail app on your phone.

Method One of Four:
Using the Gmail Website

  1. 1
    Open the Gmail website in your browser. This is not possible from the mobile Gmail website, so if you're using a mobile device, use the My Account website instead.
  2. 2
    Sign in with the account you want to change the password for. If you can't log into Gmail because you've forgotten your current password, you can reset it and create a new one.
  3. 3
    Click the Gear button. You'll see this in the upper-right corner after loading your Gmail inbox.
  4. 4
    Click Settings.
  5. 5
    Click the Accounts and Import tab.
  6. 6
    Click Change password.
  7. 7
    Enter your current password. If you've forgotten your current password, you can reset it and make a new one.
  8. 8
    Type a new password. Click the Eye button to view the entire password as you type it.
    • Strong passwords contain letters, numbers, and symbols, and they do not contain any dictionary words or information that can be easily guessed.
  9. 9
    Type the password again to confirm it.
  10. 10
    Click Change Password.
  11. 11
    Sign back into Gmail on any of your devices. You'll be signed out of Gmail and your Google account on any device that is currently signed in (such as your phone). You'll need to enter your new password any place that you use Gmail or your Google account.

Method Two of Four:
Using an Android Device

  1. 1
    Open the Settings menu on your Android. You'll find the Settings app in your Apps list.
    • If you're using an iPhone or iPad, you can change your password using the Google My Account website.
  2. 2
    Scroll down to the Personal section.
  3. 3
    Tap Google services.
    • If you're using a Samsung device, tap Applications in the Settings menu, scroll to the bottom of the list, then tap Google in the "Google settings" section.
    • If you're having difficulty finding the Google Services menu, you can use the Google My Account website instead to do the same thing.
  4. 4
    Tap Sign-in & security.
  5. 5
    Tap Password.
  6. 6
    Type your current password. If you don't remember your current password, you can reset it and make a new one.
  7. 7
    Type a new password. To make a strong password, include letters, numbers, and symbols. Avoid using complete dictionary words, and don't use any personal information such as pet names or birthdays.
    • Tap the Eye button to view the password as you type.
  8. 8
    Type your new password again to confirm it.
  9. 9
    Tap Change Password.
  10. 10
    Sign into your devices with your new password. Your new password will take effect immediately, and you'll be signed out of Gmail and Google on any device that you were signed in on.
    • This includes the Android device that you're currently using, so you'll need to return to the Settings menu, tap Accounts, tap your Google account, and then enter your new password.

Method Three of Four:
Using the Google My Account Website

  1. 1
    Visit the My Account website in your browser. Visit in your browser. This will work for both desktop and mobile browsers, on any device.
  2. 2
    Sign in with the account you want to change the password for. If you can't remember your password, you can reset it and create a new one.
  3. 3
    Click Signing in to Google. You'll see this in the "Sign-in & security" section.
  4. 4
    Click Password.
  5. 5
    Enter your password if prompted. If you can't remember your password, you can reset it.
  6. 6
    Type your new password. The password should contain a mixture of letters, numbers, and symbols. It should not contain any words that can be found in a dictionary, or any personal information.
  7. 7
    Type the password again to confirm it.
  8. 8
    Click the Change Password button.
  9. 9
    Sign back in to your account on your devices. You'll be signed out of Gmail and Google on all of your devices immediately when your password is changed. You'll need to sign back in on each device with your new password.

Method Four of Four:
Resetting a Forgotten Password

  1. 1
    Visit the Google Account Support page in your browser. You can do this from any computer or mobile device. You can also reach this page by clicking the "Need help?" underneath the password field for any Google Sign In page.[1]
  2. 2
    Type in the Gmail account you want to change the password for.
  3. 3
    Type in the last password you can remember. If you are able to correctly enter one of your recent passwords, the password reset process will be much quicker.
  4. 4
    Click Try a different question if you can't remember an old password. This will cycle through different methods of verifying your identity, and the options available are dependent on the recovery information associated with your account. You'll need to use at least one to proceed with the password reset. Possible methods include:
    • Receiving a prompt on a connected Android device.
    • Getting a recovery SMS or automated call on your associated mobile number.
    • Getting a recovery email sent to your recovery email address.
    • Entering the month and year that the account was created.
    • Enter a new email address to receive a verification code. Google will still need to verify your identity before you can reset your password, and you'll receive instructions at the new address.
  5. 5
    Type in your new password. Once your identity has been verified, you'll be able to type in a new password. Make sure that the password contains letters, numbers, and symbols. It should not contain any dictionary words or personal information.
  6. 6
    Type your password again to confirm.
  7. 7
    Click Change Password. Your new password will take effect immediately and you can use it to sign into Gmail and other Google services.

Community Q&A

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  • When I changed my password, I received an email from Google that I needed to sign in. Is that normal?
    Answered by wikiHow Contributor
    • Yes, that's just a security measure to make sure that you are the owner of the account.
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  • Is retrieving my old password free, or do I have to pay $9.95?
    Answered by wikiHow Contributor
    • No, you shouldn't have to pay anything just to change or retrieve your gmail password. If you are being charged, you might be on a scam website. Check the URL and make sure that you really are on gmail.
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  • How can I get into Gmail on my other devices if I have forgotten my password?
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    • Click on "Forgot Password" and it will prompt you to enter your telephone number. They will text you a code to enter on the website which will allow you to change your password.
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  • If I change my password does it also change my Facebook password?
    Answered by wikiHow Contributor
    • No, your Facebook password is completely separate from your Gmail password.
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  • If I change my Google password, does it change my gmail password?
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    • hmmm it all depends on weather you press a button that says allow to change password to Gmail otherwise no it shouldn't if it does just type the new password you made and then you will be all good
    Thanks! 16 7
  • Every time I type in a new password I get the message that "Passwords do not match. Please try again". What should I do?
    Answered by wikiHow Contributor
    • Take time to make sure you are entering each character correctly for both password fields. You can click the Eye button next to the password field to display it as you type, which will make it easier to ensure that they match.
    Thanks! 6 2
  • What can I do if I forgot my password and lost my phone?
    Answered by wikiHow Contributor
    • In Gmail, you will have a recovery phone line so you don't get locked out of your account. Use that. If that doesn't work, create a new account.
    Thanks! 21 15
  • How do I insert a user photo?
    Answered by wikiHow Contributor
    • Up in the top corner of Gmail or whatever Google service you are on, click on the icon where you sign out. There should be a letter, the first letter of your name in a circle or a blue silhouette of a person, it should say "Change" under it. Click that, and upload a photo, then adjust the cropping and click "OK."
    Thanks! 7 7
  • How can I contact someone from Google?
    Answered by wikiHow Contributor
    • I don't believe you can. Formulate your question, and look it up on the Google search engine to get your questions answered.
    Thanks! 8 11
  • How do I change "gmail" password? Every time I search help on changing email password, I always come across Google password change instructions. My Gmail and Google passwords are different. Does anybody have any clue?
    Answered by wikiHow Contributor
    • Gmail uses the same password as your Google account. If you have a Gmail account that uses a different password than your Google account, you actually have two Google accounts. The process for changing the password on both is the same. Visit the Google My Account site and sign in with the Gmail account that you want to change the password for.
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10 Second Summary

1. Log into your Gmail account.
2. Click the Settings gear.
3. Click Settings.
4. Click Accounts and Import.
5. Click Change password.


  • It's helpful to have a second email account. That way, you can link it to your Gmail, and have your password information sent to that account if you ever forget your Gmail password.
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  • A longer password is almost always stronger than a shorter password, as long as you're not including dictionary words.
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  • If your browser is storing your old password and not saving your new one, open your browser's password manager and delete any entries for Gmail or Google. You should then be prompted to save your new password the next time you log in.
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