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How to change your password in Gmail

Data breaches are sadly a pretty common occurrence, and while Google has never been hit directly, if you use the same password in Gmail as you do for a service that is compromised, then your Gmail account is vulnerable.

Obviously you should use one of the best password managers and enable two-factor authentication on your Google account. But changing your password may prove to be an essential step too, so here’s how to do it. 

1. Head to your Google account 

You can either directly visit http://myaccount.google.com or get there via Gmail. For the latter, load Gmail and then click on your icon in the top right-hand corner — it will either be your picture or your initials. From there, press “Manage Your Google Account.” 

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From the Google account page, head to the security section. It’s the fourth option down in the navigation bar on the left. 

Step 2: How to change password in Gmail

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3. Locate the password section 

Scroll down until you find a section titled “Signing in to Google”. The top option will list when your password was last changed. Click this — Google will likely make you enter your current credentials again, just to make sure you are who you say you are.

Step 3: How to change password in Gmail

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4. Enter a new password 

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