Password Recovery for Gmail

By Tyler Ellington

Updated September 28, 2017

At some point or another, most people have forgotten their password to an online account. If you are a Gmail user, you can recover your password by following a simple set of procedures that can be accomplished in a matter of minutes. Gmail is the email service provided by Google. Gmail accounts are free to create and can be accessed from any computer with an Internet connection.

Visit the Google homepage. Click on the Gmail text in the top, left-hand side of the screen. Click on "Can't access your account?" text on the page you were directed to.

Enter your Gmail user name where prompted. Retype the captcha (the letters in a distorted picture) and click submit. When finished, a message will be sent to your recovery email address with instructions on how to reset your password. You will be given a temporary password and prompted to change it next time you log into Gmail.

Answer the secret question that is asked if you did not provide a recovery email address when you signed up for your account. When the secret question is answered correctly, you will be able to enter a new password that you can use to log in.


Write down your passwords and keep them hidden in case you forget them.


To prevent fraud, do not use the same password for multiple accounts.