Google 2-Step Verification

Instructions for setting up Google 2-Step Verification, and information about 2-factor authentication in general.


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As of June 1st, 2015 Dominican University Faculty and Staff are required to use Google 2-Step Verification in order to access Dominican Gmail.

We encourage everyone to add 2-Step Verification to their personal email, banking, Dropbox, and other online services that support it. 

How to Set up 2-Step Verification  

If you prefer, click here for instructions with screenshots

  1. In your Gmail, click your Profile Picture or your email address in the upper right-hand corner.
    Then click Account
  2. On the Account Settings page, scroll down to Signing In section.
    Click 2-Step Verification
  3. On the 2-Step Verification page, Click the Start setup button
  4. On the next page, Re-Sign in with your Gmail account credentials
  5. On the Set up your Phone page, add the phone number that you want the Verification codes sent to.
    You can have the code sent as a text or as voice phone call. Click Send Code to test and verify.
  6. Check your phone for the Verification code.
  7. On the Verify your phone page, enter the Verification code you received on your phone, and click Verify.
  8. On the next page, Add the computer you are using as a Trusted Computer - only if you really trust it - not on a public computer!
    Click Next.
  9. On the Turn on Two-Step Verification page, click Confirm
  10. 2-Step Verification is now turned on
  11. If prompted to "Reconnect your apps," click Skip
  12. Next, add backup phone numbers and print one-time-use backup codes to carry with you in case you don't have access to your phone.. (If you need to get back to your Account Settings page, click the left arrow at the top of the page and go to 2-Step Verification).
  13. You can change settings or add backup phones or print backup codes at anytime by clicking your Profile Picture or your email address in the upper right-hand corner;  and then clicking Account.

Instructions in video format

After you set up 2-step Verification

On Windows or Mac computers  

Access your Gmail and Calendar using your Web browser. It is the supported method of accessing your Gmail and Google Calendar.
Apple Mail, Apple Calendar,  and Outlook will not work properly and are not supported by Google

On iPhone, iPad or Android devices...

Access your mail and calendar using Google's Gmail  app and Calendar  app, instead of Apple's Mail app and Apple Calendar app.  Apple's iPhone Mail and Calendar do not work as expected with Google Mail with 2-Step Verification turned on, and are not supported by Google. 

 Get the Official Google Gmail App for iPhone and iPad here!
 Get the Official Google Calendar App for iPhone, iPad or Android here!

After installing, open the app and enter your full email address and regular password, and then enter the verification code sent to your phone or on the Authenticator App.

Using Google Authenticator on your mobile device instead of receiving verification code as text or voice.

The Authenticator app generates verification codes without an Internet connection. 

More info from Google on Google Authenticator App

What is 2-Step Verification

  • 2-Step Verification (also known as two-factor authentication) adds an extra layer of security to the single layer provided by your password.
  • After you turn on 2-Step Verification, there's an extra step before you're logged in - you'll be asked for a code that will be sent to your phone as a text or voice  message or to a mobile app on your phone.
  • At sign-in, you can choose to trust that particular computer - you won't have to use 2-Step Verification again on that particular computer.
  • You can also set up alternate phone numbers to receive codes, and if you're using an email application you can use Google application specific passwords.

More information on 2-Step Verification: