Gmail, with the same Google account that probably syncs files between your devices for Google Keep services, Google Drive, Google Photos, and more, is the most important identification for many people. As a result, losing access to it because you forgot your password can be quite stressful. Here’s how to retrieve your email ID in such cases.
When you don’t remember your password
When you do not remember your Google account password, but you do remember your email address, you can go to the Google account recovery page to recover your account.
Step 1: Open any browser and search for “Google Account Recovery” and go to the first link in the results. On the Google account recovery page, enter your email address.
Step 2: Google will now ask you for any old passwords it remembers. If you remember an old password, enter it here and follow the rest of the instructions. Otherwise, choose the ‘Try another way’ option at the bottom left.
Step 3: Google will now start asking you security questions to verify that you are trying to recover the account and not someone else. Answer your preset security questions and follow the instructions to change your password and recover your account.
Alternatively, if your Google account is linked to a phone, you may see a notification on the phone instead of a security question to verify your identity. The notification will ask if you are trying to change the password. Keep tapping on the ‘Yes’ button and the original browser window should immediately take you to the password change screen.
Once you get to the new password screen with either method, enter a new strong password that you probably won’t forget. Try writing down your password on a piece of paper that is secure or use a password management tool.
When you can’t remember your email account
Things are a bit more complicated when you can’t remember your Google email ID. However, it is still possible to recover your account if you remember a recovery phone number or email ID associated with the Google account you are trying to recover.
Most people who also use an Android phone will have their phone numbers linked to their Google account for services like two-factor authentication. If you do, this is how you can proceed.
Step 1: Go back to the Google account recovery page. Instead of adding your email ID, choose “Forgot your email?” button in the lower right.
Step 2: Enter your registered phone number or recovery email ID. A later screen will ask you to enter your full name. Enter here the same name that you entered when creating the account you are trying to recover.
Step 3– Google will now send a verification code to your recovery mobile phone number or email ID. Enter the code you receive on the next screen.
Step 4: After successfully entering the correct six-digit code, Google will show you your email IDs registered with that particular phone number or recovery email. In case you have that number linked to multiple Google accounts, you will find them all here.
Step 5: Choose the account you want to recover. Continue entering your password. If you also do not remember the password for this account, you can continue by selecting the “Forgot my password” button at the top left and referring to the previous section to change your password.
advice: If you don’t have a recovery email ID or registered mobile phone number, you may still be able to find your forgotten email ID. In case you accessed that email ID through a browser, you may still have the browser history for that day.
If so, go to your browser history for that day and try to find your Gmail tabs. Gmail tabs likely have your email address as tab names. From here, you can get your email ID and proceed to the password recovery section of this article to change your password as well.