Virtual number for Gmail verification (2022 Guide)

virtual number for Gmail verification

Most people don’t have enough security on their Gmail accounts. They then publish their email addresses on public platforms like LinkedIn and Facebook and unknowingly put themselves at risk of serious security breaches.

In this article, we will explore how you can get a virtual number for Gmail verification, how to set it up and instances in which you’ll be grateful you got one.

Sounds good?

Let’s get started.   

What is Gmail 2-Step verification?

Gmail’s 2-step verification is an extra layer of security for your email account. When it is activated, whenever you (or someone else) try to log into your account from another device or computer, it will send a code (either by text or call) to your mobile number to verify the identity of the person trying to login into your account.

This code is required to complete the sign-in process. If the code is not keyed into the sign-in window, then the sign-in process cannot continue. If it is you, then you can just key in the code. If it’s a hacker, then he (or she) won’t be able to access your account.

Why you need Gmail’s 2-step verification

Some people use the same login details for all their email, social, shopping, and banking profiles and justify this risky behavior by saying that, “it is easier to remember one password than ten.’

They compound this risky behavior by logging onto their accounts (particularly email) on different devices and computers from safe and unsafe connections.

If this is you, please take a moment to use a password generator and create separate passwords for each of your accounts.  While you are at it, you might as well enable ‘2-step verification for all your accounts including your Gmail account.

Your Gmail account is particularly important as it serves as a hub that connects to all your profiles. Once a bad actor gets access to it they can reset passwords all your accounts and lock you out of them, send ‘money requests’ to your contacts, and empty your bank accounts.  

How Gmail’s two step verification works

As we highlighted above, the 2-Step verification process adds an additional layer of security to your account by requesting a code whenever you (or a bad actor) try to sign in to your account.

We’ve included a step-by-step guide to show you how to do this if you haven’t done so already.

How to set it up

  • Log into your Gmail account
  • Once you’re in your mailbox, click the profile icon on the top right of the screen
  • Select ‘ Manage your Google Account’
  • This will open a new tab for you Google Account
  • Select ‘Security’ on the menu on the lefthand side of the page
  • This will open the security window, scroll down to the ‘Signing in to Google’ section, then select ‘2-Step Verification’
  • This will take you to the 2-Step verification screen, click ‘Get Started’
  • You will be prompted to sign in again, enter your password and click ‘Next.’
  • After entering your password, you’ll be taken back to the ‘2-Step Verification’ screen, on this screen Google will detect your mobile device by seeing which mobile devices are logged into the same account. It will send Prompts to the detect phone.  Select ‘Continue’
  • A prompt will be sent to your phone. The prompt will say something like ‘Is it you trying to sign in? and give two options. Select ‘Yes’
  • This screen (on the desktop computer or laptop) will move to the next step of the verification process, which is ‘adding a backup option’. Enter your number in the number field.
  • Then select how you want to get the codes. You can choose between ‘Text message’ and ‘Phone call.’ Choose the one you prefer.
  • Click ‘Send’
  • Once you have received the code, you can enter the code on the screen and press next.
  • It will give a success message.
  • You can scroll back to your security page and check if the ‘2-Step verification’ is marked as ‘On’ in  ‘Sign in to Google’ section.
  • If you’d like it to test it, you can:
    • Log out of your account
    • Then log back in
    • After filling in your account and password, it will give you an option to ‘Get a verification code’ on your number, click that option
    • A code will be sent to your phone, enter this code in the required field (on your desktop computer or laptop) and click ‘Next’
    • It will take you into your account

Once you have followed these steps and enabled 2-step verification on your account, you can rest easy knowing that your account is secure.

NB: You should also set a password, code lock, or fingerprint on your device.

How to use virtual phone numbers for Gmail verification

While you can use a regular number as part of the verification process, you also have the option of using a virtual number.

A virtual number is a number that you can obtain from a virtual number provider, like YOOTOK. You can use this number on the YOOTOK web and mobile apps to make and receive calls.

Why should you consider a virtual number?

Being able to trigger the 2-Step verification on another device other than your phone is super handy when:

  • You want to have a shared Gmail account in a company.
  • You want to open several Gmail accounts for separate endeavors.
  • Google is banned or restricted in your country (like Mainland China)
  • Or when your phone runs out of battery and you need another way to receive the codes when using another device or laptop.

How to find a virtual number provider

When looking for a virtual number provider be sure to check if the provider has:

  • Numbers for your country
  • The number type you require  
  • Good call rates
  • Secure platforms
  • Web and mobile apps
  • Good customer support

Types of virtual phone numbers you can use for Gmail verification

YOOTOK has virtual numbers for over 50 countries.  YOOTOK has a large inventory of toll-free, national, local, and mobile numbers. A mobile number from YOOTOK is best suited for Gmail verification.

A virtual mobile number from YOOTOK can be used on YOOTOK’s web and mobile apps to:

  • Make and receive calls – you can check the call rates here
  • Send and receive SMS
  • Purchase additional numbers

How to get started

Follow these simple steps to get started with YOOTOK:

On a desktop computer or a laptop

  • Choose your number
  • Purchase the number
  • Add a calling package or credit (*Optional
  • Use the number as on YOOTOK’s web and mobile apps.

On a mobile device

  • Download the yootok app (Android or IOS)
  • Sign in
  • Purchase a number
  • Add a calling package or credit (*Optional)
  • Use the number as you wish or as articulated above, as a recovery number for Gmail 2-Step verification.