How to Change Your Phone Number in Gmail

Update your phone number in Gmail to stay secure

how to change your phone number in gmail

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The phone number tied to your Gmail and Google account is used for various purposes, including providing a way to recover your account if you're ever locked out and don't have an alternative recovery method. Your phone number may change from time to time, which means you'll need to update it in your Google account. You can change your Gmail phone number on a computer or a mobile device.

Change Your Gmail Phone Number on a Computer

Changing your Gmail phone number is relatively easy, though there are several steps to follow.

  1. Open the Gmail web interface in your browser.

  2. Select your account photo, located in the upper right corner of the screen. If you don't have a photo associated with your Google account, this will usually be the first letter of your name.

  3. When the pop-up menu appears, select Google Account.

    Opening Google Account settings
  4. Select Personal info in the side panel.

  5. Scroll down to the Contact info section and select Phone.

    Gmail Personal Info screen
  6. On the Phone screen, select Edit (the pencil icon) located to the right of your Google account phone number.

    Selecting the Edit icon
  7. Re-enter your Google account password and select Next to return to the Phone screen.

    Re-entering password to make changes
  8. Select Edit (pencil icon) again.

    Selecting the Edit icon
  9. Select Update Number in the window that opens.

  10. Enter the desired number and choose Select to complete the process.

    Changing the phone number for Gmail

Change Your Phone Number in the Gmail App for iOS and Android

The process to change your phone number using the Gmail mobile app is nearly identical to doing it on a computer, though certain menus and icons are different.

  1. Open the Gmail app and log into your account.

  2. Tap the menu button, represented by three horizontal lines and located in the upper left corner.

  3. When the drop-down menu appears, select Settings.

  4. Tap your Gmail address, located toward the top of the screen.

    Opening Gmail Settings
  5. Select Manage your Google Account.

  6. Tap Personal info on the Google Account screen.

  7. Tap Phone in the Personal Info screen.

    Google Account Personal Info
  8. Tap the Edit (pencil icon) located to the right of the current phone number.

  9. Verify your identity by entering your password and then tap Next.

  10. You are returned to the Phone screen. Tap the Edit icon (pencil) again.

    Phone number setting
  11. Tap Update Number, located in the lower right corner of the screen.

  12. Change the number and tap Select to complete the process.

    Updating a phone number for Gmail