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Use This Trick to Make Google’s Two-Step Login Less Annoying

Ben Stegner 13-07-2016

Two-factor authentication (2FA) requires something you know (your password) and something you have (usually your phone) to log into your account. It’s much safer than using a password alone, and you should enable it on all of your accounts that support 2FA Lock Down These Services Now With Two-Factor Authentication Two-factor authentication is the smart way to protect your online accounts. Let's take a look at few of the services you can lock-down with better security. Read More .


However, 2FA demonstrates the classic trade-off between security and convenience — while punching in a code to log in makes your account nearly bulletproof, it’s a pain to open your authentication app every time and type a number.

Google’s new 2FA method is here to make using two-factor authentication less annoying Can Two-Step Verification Be Less Irritating? Four Secret Hacks Guaranteed to Improve Security Do you want bullet-proof account security? I highly suggest enabling what's called "two-factor" authentication. Read More .

To enable it for your Android or iOS device (the latter must have the Google app installed), head to your security settings page on Google and click on the 2-Step Verification entry. Re-enter your password, and you’ll be at the 2FA page.

If you aren’t already using two-step authentication, go ahead and enable it now, using a text message or authenticator app (try a more powerful alternative to Google Authenticator The 5 Best Alternatives to Google Authenticator Google's two-factor authentication app isn't the only one out there. Here are the best alternatives to Google Authenticator. Read More , such as Authy) as the login method.

Once that’s done, or for people who are already using 2FA, scroll down to Set up an alternative second step header and look for Google prompt — this is the new, convenient option. Click this option, then Get Started at the prompt.


Next, choose a phone tied with your Google account, noting that it must have lock screen protection before you do this.

Now, just click Next and you should get a push notification on your phone. Tap Yes to verify and you’re in! This is all you’ll need to do when signing into Google in the future — no more annoying codes!

Do you like the convenience of this option, or do you prefer typing a code? Tell us your 2FA preferences below!

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  1. George Ryan
    March 27, 2017 at 1:28 pm

    I do not have an iPhone or computer to use as a second verification. Only an iPad.

    • Ben Stegner
      April 2, 2017 at 5:11 pm

      Your iPad will work for this method as long as it has the Google app installed!

  2. Ethan
    July 20, 2016 at 6:59 am

    You forgot to mention that if don't have a cell signal, then you won't be able to be get the logon prompt sent to your phone.. ateast the Google Authenticator or authy codes work offline!

  3. Anonymous
    July 14, 2016 at 12:40 am

    I tried 2FA a couple of years ago, had computer listed has trusted, but found google kept phoning every time I logged in. Might have been because I am on dynamic ip. At least google is one of the few sites that let you use your landline for 2FA.

  4. Anonymous
    July 13, 2016 at 6:03 pm

    I seldom carry my phone -- and never when traveling abroad. If the annoyance of needing to carry a phone or separate gadget can be eliminated out of 2FA... then I'll reconsider. In the meantime, I'll stick with using good (and unique) passwords.

    • Kai
      July 14, 2016 at 1:32 am

      I believe that Authy also allows web 2FA - so you can use your phone to generate the one time key, or you can login to the Authy website (which presumably doesn't require 2FA :) to get it.
      Personally I think that lessens the security to a degree - sure, it's still an additional item needed to authenticate, and as long as you don't save your Authy login in your browser you're probably fine - but if full on "must have a hardware device - whether phone or physical token" is too much for you, Authy is a good inbetween - while still giving you more security than no 2FA.
      I use Authenticator Plus on my Android device that does the trick - I've been very tempted to switch to Authy specifically for the web login on those days where having to get up from my computer and find my phone annoys me just to log into a site.

      • Anonymous
        July 14, 2016 at 2:44 am

        Thanks, Kai, I'll look into Authy.

  5. MCSwan
    July 13, 2016 at 4:05 pm

    I *want* 2FA to be annoying. I want it to make me stand on my head to get into my account. the harder it is for an _authorized_ person to get in, the exponentially harder it will be for a non-authorized.

    I have long thought that the "Remember this computer" option on the 2FA screen should NOT be checked by default. That is the very OPPOSITE of secure when logging on to a public computer. They should make it almost impossible to whitelist a PC, not make it easy to miss the setting that whitelists it for you. It should take 5 or 6 steps to whitelist.

    • Ben Stegner
      July 16, 2016 at 4:37 pm

      Though I appreciate the convenience of this new option, I do see your point on this. The one-tap option to sign in could be easily accepted by you when you're not paying attention and someone is attempting to break into your account.