This process tends to be easier when performed on an actual computer with a full keyboard. You'll also need access to a phone, be it mobile or landline, to verify you're the owner of the account.
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Step 1: Login
Go to https://accounts.google.com/SmsAuthConfig. If asked to sign into your Google account, please do so.
Step 2: Enter phone number
Enter a phone number that google can text (or call) to verify the account.
Then select Try It
Step 3: Wait for text / call
Depending on the choice, Google will send a text message or call the number you gave, and provide you a six-digit code.
Enter that code and select Next
Step 4: Enter code
If the code you entered is correct, the next screen will appear.
Choose Turn On
For people who have chosen 2FA via text messaging and don't mind that method of notification, this could conclude your setup. However, using a 2FA app on a smartphone, iPad, PC, or Mac is preferable for the following scenarios.
- For an LFA Student who only had access to an iPad
- A person wants to use multiple devices for 2FA - in case one is lost or not convenient.
- Someone who doesn't have regular access to a cell phone.
- A preference to not receive text messages.
If a 2FA App is the desired outcome, then continue on to part 2.