For some reason, despite using Google for pretty much everything, this wasn’t something I even thought of creating a guide on. But the need to change your password from time to time is real, whether it be for security reasons or you were a really embarrassing 14 year old, and all your passwords are somehow linked to a member of your favourite band as a child, and although no-one can see that, no-one needs to see that. Either way, let’s learn how to change your Gmail password.
First things first, go to Gmail. You can either go by typing in mail.google.com into the search bar, typing in Gmail, or using the three by three grid, lovingly called the waffle, and selecting Gmail.
Once you’re into Gmail, click on your avatar at the top right corner of your screen. Once you click this, you’ll get a new pop up which will let you switch accounts or manage your Google account.
Click ‘Manage your Google account’, there’s not much else to say here.
On the left-hand side, there will be a side menu, and the second option should be ‘Personal Info’. Click Personal info.
You will then be greeted with all of your wonderful profile details which you can change. You will also be able to change your password, and see when you last changed it. To change your password, click on your password and it will redirect you to a new log-in screen to verify that you’re you!
Verify yourself and then you’ll be allowed to change your password. You’ll have to type in your password twice to make sure you know how to spell it. As for the usual advice, make it strong. Don’t make it your dogs name, or even your name. Don’t make it a member of a boy band, don’t give them the satisfaction. Include special characters, go wild with the different caps sizes and throw in a number to be a bit wild. Click change password and you’re set.
Make sure you change your passwords regularly and try not to use the same password for everything – it will make it easier for you to get hacked. You might think “no-one will ever hack me”, but that boy band member might get irritated that you changed your password and have moved on from him and seek revenge. Or just random people on the internet, a bit bored. I don’t think they target anyone in particular, so make sure you keep your password strong and secure, change it how many times you need to, and don’t tell anyone your password. If you do require further assistance, get in touch! Or the Google team are equally as awesome and are more capable to help. I hope this blog post has been helpful and I hope to see you next time!