What Are Two-Step Verification App-Specific Passwords: Quick Introduction

Quick and easy-to-follow introduction for Google account users

What are app-specific passwords: getting started

  • Third-party apps such as Outlook, for example, don’t support Google’s two-step verification feature.
  • This is so because you can’t see the second verification step in third-party apps. The second verification step can only appear in your browser on the Google sign-in page.

When you need to generate an app-specific password

  • When you have enabled two-step verification and you want to connect a third-party app to your account.

What do you do after you generate an app-specific password

  • When you generate an app-specific password, you must use it in place of your regular password while connecting your account to third-party services.

How many times can you use an app-specific password

  • You can only use a single app-specific password once. 

How resetting your password affects your app-specific passwords

  • If you reset your regular password, you also reset authorization with all apps/devices.
  • In this case, you must generate a new app-specific password and re-authorize.

To generate an app-specific password

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