How can I recover my Gmail account?

Episode 1289 (1:04:25)

Steve from Railroad Flat, AZ

Steve is having trouble recovering his password in Gmail. Leo says that password recovery is the number one way to get an email account hacked, so Google makes it really difficult to recover. That's why Leo recommends using 2nd factor authentication so that he can get a text with a code to recover it easily and securely. If he hasn't done that, he'll have to jump through a few hoops including telling Google about a recent email he sent. If he can't do that, he may be out of luck short of contacting Google. There is a Google support number, but unless he's linked his phone number to his GMail account, he may have no way to actually prove he is who he says he is.