I don't know how many times I've told you: use a password manager to store the passwords you use to access websites and apps, don't leave flying leaflets stuck here and there on your desk. But you, nothing, didn't listen to me and now you don't know what password to set up your Google account on your new smartphone. What am I supposed to do now? Tell you that it suits you? I could, but I feel good today, so I want to help you solve your problem.
In the next paragraphs of this guide, in fact, you will find explained in detail how to recover Google password through the "classic" password recovery procedure provided by "Big G" and the procedures to recover passwords saved online on Google account and locally in the Chrome browser.
So, are you ready to get started? Yes? That's great! Make yourself comfortable, take all the time you need to focus on reading the next few paragraphs and, more importantly, try to follow the "tips" I'll give you. I have nothing left to do but wish you a good reading and, above all, good luck with everything!
Before getting to the heart of this guide and actually see how to retrieve your Google password, I would like to give you some preliminary information that you need to know before proceeding with the tutorial.
First of all, I want to tell you that, in order to recover your Google password, a procedure is started that, in fact, resets it and does not allow you to recover it (so to try to recover the password, you will have to follow alternative procedures).
Another important thing to note is that since your Google account is used for multiple services offered by the Mountain View giant, such as YouTube and Google Maps, if you change it, it will affect all the services associated with your account.
Everything clear so far? Well, then let's go ahead and find out, together, how to recover and/or reset the Google password.
How to reset your Google password
Let's start by finding out, in detail, how to reset Google's password using the procedure provided by the Mountain View giant and executable from both computers and smartphones and tablets.
To reset your Google password from your PC, go to this page, type the email address or phone number associated with your account in the text field and then click the Next button.
At this point, click on the Forgotten Password? link in the middle of the page (below the text field where you can enter your account access key) and enter the last password you remember in the text field.
You don't remember any passwords? Then click on the Try another method link in the middle of the page until you are offered a recovery method that suits you. This may include indicating the date the account to be recovered was created, answering a previously chosen security question, and so on.
In my case, I received a security code to an alternative email address associated with the Google account that I used to run the test. If you are also offered this recovery method, you agree to the sending of the code in question by clicking the Send button.
Then open the message you received at the recovery email address, type the security code contained in it into the text field that appears on the screen, click the Next button, and reset your google account password by typing it into the Create Password and Confirm text fields. Easy, right?
Smartphone and tablet
To reset your Google password from your smartphone or tablet, you need to follow pretty much the same instructions I gave you earlier. First, go to this web page, type the email address or phone number associated with your account into the text field and tap the Next button.
Now, on the page that opens, tap on the Forgotten Password? link located in the middle of the screen, and enter the last password you remember in the text field. If you don't like this recovery method because you can't remember any password, tap on the Try another method in the middle of the page until you are offered a recovery method that suits you. Then follow the directions provided to recover your account.
In my case, I received a security code to an alternate email address that I had previously associated with the Google account that I used to run the test. If you are also offered this recovery method, please tap on the Send button to agree to send the code in question.
Open the message sent to you by Google, write the security code in the text field on the screen, tap the Next button and reset your account password by writing a new one in the Create Password and Confirm fields.
How to recover Google account password
Want to avoid resetting your login credentials? So your goal is to recover your Google account password without changing it? If so, you can only achieve your goal if you have saved your credentials in a browser (or password manager), otherwise the only solution left is to reset them. You can find all the relevant information there.
How to retrieve your Google password from your PC
If you want to retrieve your Google password from your PC, open the browser where you may have stored your account login credentials and follow the instructions below.
- Chrome - click on the button representing the three vertical dots at the top right, select the Settings item from the menu that opens and click the Password button. Then click on the eye icon located at the Google account of your interest and confirm the operation by indicating the name of your user account on your computer and the password associated with it.
- Microsoft Edge - the procedure to follow on Edge (the Microsoft browser that replaced IE in Windows 10) is just as simple. To see the passwords stored by the program you have to press the button (...) in the top right corner and select Settings > View Advanced Settings > Password Management from the bar on the side, so you can access the list of passwords saved in the browser.
- Internet Explorer - on Internet Explorer you can view the list of passwords stored in your browser by clicking on the gear icon located at the top right and selecting Internet Options from the menu that opens. Then go to the Contents tab, click on the Autocomplete Settings button and click on the Password Management button.
- Safari - do you have a Mac and use Safari as your main browser? Then, to retrieve the passwords saved on your computer, you need to go to the Safari > Preferences menu (top left), select the Password tab from the window that opens and provide the password for your MacOS user account, to access the list of passwords saved in the program. That's it.
- Firefox - to view passwords stored in Firefox, click the (≡) button at the top right, select the Options icon (or Preferences, depending on the operating system you are using) and, in the tab that opens, select the Privacy and Security item from the left sidebar. Finally, click the Saved Credentials or Saved Password button.
Recovering Google password from smartphones and tablets
You will find listed the procedures to follow to recover Google password from smartphones and tablets using some of the most used web browsers on mobile devices.
- Chrome - start the browser, press the button depicting the three dots at the top right (on Android) or bottom right (on iOS), select first the Settings item and then the Password from the menu that opens, so you can access the list of all saved passwords, including your Google account.
- Safari - go to Settings > Passwords and Accounts > App and Website passwords and unlock access to passwords using Face ID, Touch ID or code, so you can access the list of all passwords saved on your device, including your Google account password.
- Firefox - tap on the three dot symbol located in the top right corner (on Android) or on the (≡) button located in the bottom right corner (on iOS). Then, if you are using the browser version for Android, select Privacy > Credentials Management; if you are using iOS, tap on Settings and then tap on Logins and Password to find the password of your Google account and those of all other sites whose login data you have stored.
If you need further clarification on how to find the passwords stored in browsers, please read the link I just linked to you because it will surely be useful.
How to recover password from Google
Have you come to this guide with the goal of recovering passwords from Google, i.e. see the passwords you saved online? What's the problem? Just go to the page where all the passwords saved in Google's password manager are listed and retrieve them from there.
To do so, you must first log in to this page and log in to your Google account (if you can't log in to your account because you can't remember your password)
Once logged in, locate the name of the service or app whose password you want to retrieve (if you want, you can search for the service or app you are interested in using the search bar at the top) and click on it. If you are asked to do so, then provide your Google account password again in the text field and click the Next button. To find out the password for the service or app you've chosen, simply click on the eye symbol on the right and it will be shown to you.
How to recover passwords from Google Chrome
Like many other users, you use Google Chrome as your main browser and would you like to see the passwords you saved in it (which then, if you've activated Google sync, are the same passwords you saved in your account)? Well, then let me explain how to retrieve passwords from Google Chrome using one of its special functions that I've already told you about in the previous lines.
If you prefer to act from the desktop version of Chrome, start the famous Google home browser on your PC, click on the button depicting the three vertical dots at the top right and select Settings > Password from the menu that opens.
At this point, all you have to do is click on the eye symbol, located at the site whose login information you want to see and, if you are asked to do so, provide your user account name and password on your computer.
Smartphones and tablets
If you prefer to act from the mobile version of Chrome, i.e. from smartphones and tablets, after starting the browser on your device, press the three dots button at the top right (on Android) or bottom right (on iOS).
Then select the Settings item from the menu that opens and tap on the Password item: by doing so, you will be able to see the passwords of all the sites for which you have decided to save your login information on Chrome. Easier than that?