Sooner or later, you will have created an account / profile with Google: this could be either to customize your search results and search experience, or by having created an account with YouTube after it was purchased by Google, or by having signed up to create a Gmail account (email address). The advantage of this approach is that changing your Google password will also change it for all kinds of other services, all of which are either owned by Google, or use the Google login system for authentication.
How do I change my Google password?
Follow these simple steps to pick another password for your Google profile:
- First, open a web browser tab and go to
www.google.com (though any Google-related online service would do the same, if it is linked with your Gmail or Google account).
- If you are not currently logged into your Google account, you will see a "Sign in" link shown in the top right corner of the page: click on it, and login to Google using your current user name and password (and resume reading with the previous bullet point).
- If you are already signed in to Google, you will see your Google user name (Gmail email address) displayed in the top right corner of the page, as shown on the screenshot below: click on the "Settings" link, and pick "Google Account Settings" from the dropdown menu:
- Google will redirect you to the "Google accounts" screen, which is divided into two columns; on the right, under "Personal Settings", click on the "Changing your password" link:
- The next screen ("Change password") will display the following form:
- To reset and change your Google password, you can either supply your "Current password" as confirmation, or type the secret answer to your account's security question (something you chose when you first created your account with Google).
- Then, type the Google password you want to change to inside the "New password" text field; notice that as you type it, Google gives you a visual feedback on your Password strength. Since a strong password makes your Google account harder to hack into, we recommend making a password as strong as you can, at least as long as you can memorize it!
- To avoid any typos, since you cannot see what you type inside password fields, retype the password you want inside the "Confirm new password" text field.
- Finally, click on the "Save" button to apply the change: from this point on, you will need to supply the new password you just changed to for all Google-related (or Google-owned) online services, like YouTube, for example.
...And this is how quickly you can change your Google password for your search account, Gmail account, YouTube profile, and a plethora of other services that use your Google login for authentication!
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