.The problem with forgetting an email ID wasn’t a big deal in the past. You simply get a new one if all things go wrong. But in 2020, with everything linked with everything else online, forgetting your email ID is disastrous. You require your Gmail ID to access Gmail, google drive, google pay, youtube, and any government/banking websites where you registered using your Gmail ID. Here we list a few quick steps to retrieve your Gmail ID in case you forget it. Trust me, this happens to a lot of people.

First of all, given below is a screenshot of a failed attempt to access a fake  Gmail account faked to illustrate my methods. Follow the steps below to identify your username. 

Using the recovery email/phone number

The preliminary step to follow to identify your username or the Gmail ID is to use the recovery email ID or phone number that you entered during the creation of the ID which was for this sole purpose. Clicking here will take you to the webpage to enter your recovery email/phone number. The picture below shows the webpage you will see.

After entering your recovery phone number or email ID, click on the “Next” button. Clicking on the Next button will take you to the following screen where you will have to enter the full name that you entered while creating your Gmail ID. The webpage will look like the picture given below.

After correctly entering your full name, click on the “Next” button. It will take you to the screen where you are prompted to receive a verification code from Google on your recovery phone number/email ID depending on which of the two you entered in the first step.

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The webpage will look like the one given in the picture below. For obvious reasons, I have highlighted my mobile number in the image.

Once you click the send button, you will receive the code on your phone via text or email. And the new webpage where you should enter the code will look like the one in the picture below.

If you did not receive a code, there is an option beneath that pops up on your screen prompting you to resend the code. After correctly entering the code, you will be taken to a webpage where it shows your username and you can log in to your account by clicking on the Account link. It will take you to the screen where you must enter the password to access the account.

If you forget the password

If you forgot the password to your Google account, you can retrieve it back in the same way. Check out the steps below to retrieve the password to your account.

  • Click on the “Forgot password” link given below the space to enter your password. It will take you to the next screen. If you remember any of the old passwords for your account, enter it in the next tab that opens as shown below.

  • Or else click the link that says” Try another way”. When you click the try another way option, you will get a notification on the phone. 

Tap on the notification and you will be taken to the screen to enter a new password.

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