For users who have any confusion regarding the easy option of Gmail password recovery for their Google accounts, here is information simplified to make them understand the different issues ad their solutions regarding the matter.
What happens once you initiate the Gmail password recovery process?
After you initiate the process for password recovery, the user is asked to complete the process with a verification step. And, if verification is done right, then you will get the option to make a new password for the account. The widespread notion is that through the process, you can recover your old password and that is not true.
There is a big difference in recovering the password and resetting it and the protocol allows the user to reset it. The problem with recovering the old password is that Google doesn’t enlist the password information of the users and only helps in identification. The protocol doesn’t work that way. It follows a simple method of helping the user to confirm that he/she is the real owner/user of the account and hence should be given the facility to get access via a new password. So, in simpler words, with the protocol of Gmail password recovery, you get to select a new password for your account.
What are the steps for the process?
For completion of Gmail password recovery, the user is first needed to allow Google to identify the account which is done when the user mentions the complete Email address of the account. Individual email addresses are allotted to the users and no two Email addresses are same so when you provide your email to the protocol, your account is immediately identified. Once the account has been identification, the protocol imports the verification information from it and further proposes the user with the different options for verification.
Out of the proposed verification options, you can choose the one that you find suitable and easy and then once the process of verification is done, you will be authorized by Google itself to make changes to your password and henceforth, access your Gmail account with the new password that you now chose.
What if something goes wrong with Gmail password recovery?
What could possibly go wrong with such a simple protocol? A lot actually!
If you mention the wrong email address then your verification process won’t even begin. If you make any typographical error during the verification then the process won’t be successful. So, it all depends on the right details that you mentioned while using the process. Also, if you have forgotten your username-email then using the Gmail password recovery process won’t be a suitable option. This means that you will need to recover your Email address for which account recovery protocol will be suitable so choose the right option.
Also, if your password has been lost due to a hacking issue then the problem of unable to verify due to unethical and unauthorized security settings change will further create issues.