Forgot Gmail Password – How To Restore access to Your Gmail Account ? Gmail has become the default E-Mail for most of the internet populace today. Its simple and efficient layout enables fast loading and provides easy access to a host of nifty features. So while we know has that you enjoy using Gmail, what to do if you forgot your password? How do you restore access to your account?
Forgot Gmail Password – How To restore access to your Gmail account?
Conventional Methods :
Fogotten passwords can be retrieved in a variety of ways in Gmail. For starters, Just click the Need help? link on the account login page.
You will be taken to the account recovery page.
Now select the first option as you need to recover your password and type your username in the text field provided and click Submit and fill in the captcha. You will be provided a number of options to get back access to your Gmail account now :
If you chose a secondary Email ID while signing up for Gmail (which you should) for recovering your account password, you should choose this option as this is the easiest way of gaining access back into your account. Simply select your alternate mail ID for recovery and Google will send you a link which you can use to reset your password and restore access.
Sometimes the reset link from Google might be flagged by your over-eager spam filter. In this case the mail would never show up in your Inbox. If you don’t get the link within a few minutes, check your spam folder for any mails from firstname.lastname@example.org and proceed further. (*also, mark it as NOT spam for future resets)
Mobile Phone :
If you previously setup a mobile number as an account recovery option, this will help you get back into your Gmail. Simply choose the Text mesage to ********XX option and wait for the password reset code that Google will send you. Enter the code on the following page and you’re all set.
Security Question :
Security Question is somewhat of a messier option to get back access. It isn’t as straight-forward as the two previous options and there’s also the risk of forgetting what the answer for your security question is. So fall back on this only when the above two methods aren’t feasible foe you to use. Fortunately, providing a security question is mandatory while signing up for most mail services these days, including Gmail. However, it is of little use if you forget the answer for the question. So please choose a question that you can relate to and associate something in your real life with as this would help you in remembering the answer.
Before we go further, you should note that your account needs to be idle for 24 hours in order to activate the security question option for password recovery. This is a measure to prevent to prevent illegal access to your account by anyone who could try guessing the answer to your question while you are oblivious to the fact that your mail account is getting hacked!
In this option, you will be asked to answer the security question you chose while signing up for the service. Once you provide the correct answer, you will be granted access.
* In the rare case that you are unable to use any of the above account recovery options, select the I no longer have access to these option and you’ll be asked a series of questions to verify your identity and establish the validity of your ownership of the account. These questions are intentionally designed to be difficult to keep social engineers and hackers at bay. You can provide guesstimates for questions you’re not sure about and make sure you’re using a PC you’d used in the past as this will also help you in restoration process.
Alternate Methods :
The above described methods are simple, straight-forward and provided by Gmail by default.
However, there might be edge cases. You forgot Gmail password and exhausted all the options officially provided by Google. This is when you might need some external options. Sometimes Gmail account recovery can be quite tedious a job and too rigid. While it is so to prevent account theft, it can be quite trying if you’re the genuine owner stuck in the process of getting back into your own account. Don’t worry though. Listed below are a few other options to restore access.
The 2 software below help you recover your Gmail password (and many others passwords) as long as the password is still stored in your computer – either by an email software or a Web browser that you use.
Mail Pass View :
If you happen to use an Email Client to check your Gmail – like Thunderbird, Outlook Express, Windows Live Mail etc.hen you can use Mail Pass View to restore access to your Gmail account. Follow the steps below :
- Download Mail PassView (link provided below).
- Extract the zip file and run mailpv.exe.
- Ignore any anti-virus alerts warning you of running .exe files. MPV is clean.
- Mail PassView displays the details of all the email accounts found on your PC.
- Now find the record where the value of the server column is pop.gmail.com or imap.gmail.com
- Now you should see the Gmail password that under the Password column.
Download Mail Pass View.
Web Browser Pass View :
If you don’t use an E-mail client and you look at your your web browser as one of your real-life friends, you can use Web browser Pass view to get your password, provided you trusted your friend enough to remember your Gmail password.
- Download Web Browser Pass View(link below).
- Extract the zip file and run WebBrowserPassView.exe .
- Ignore any anti-virus alerts warning you of running .exe files. WBPV is clean
- WebBrowserPassView displays the list of all passwords stored by your Web browsers. To find the password of your Gmail account, locate the record where the URL column is https://www.google.com/accounts/servicelogin
- You should now see the Gmail password under the password column.
Download Web Browser Pass View.
The next time you forget your password use the above methods to restore access. Note that Gmail doesn’t allow a previously used password to be set as the new one. If none of the above methods work out for you, visit Google Support and post your problem in the community. Or, eat a baked potato.