How to Revoke an Application Password for Gmail

Security tab options keep your account secure

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Enabling 2-Step Verification keeps your Gmail account about as secure as it can be. However, the verification codes generated by the 2-step verification process don't work with some apps and devices. When that occurs, you can generate an app-specific password for the app or device to authorize it to access your access mail and folders through IMAP (or mail via POP).

When you no longer use the app or device or no longer trust it to keep the password secure, it is smart to revoke the password to keep your Gmail account and your mail secure.

Deleting an App password is as easy as generating one. Revoking one app-specific password does not affect other passwords you generated for different applications or devices.

Revoke an App Password for Gmail Using 2-Step Verification

Location of 2-Step Verification security section

To delete an application-specific password generated to access your Gmail account through IMAP or POP:

  1. Click your avatar or name near the top right corner in Gmail.
  2. Select Google Account.
  3. Choose the Security tab in the left panel.
  4. Choose the arrow next to 2-Step Verification in the Signing in to Google section.
  5. Enter your Gmail password if prompted to do so.
  6. Open the App-specific passwords tab.
  7. Select Manage application-specific passwords.
  8. Click Revoke for the application-specific password you want to delete.

Manage Third-Party Apps With Account Access

Remove app access to Google services

You can manage third-party apps that have access to your Gmail (and other Google services) even if you don't use 2-Step Verification or app-specific passwords.

In the same Security tab screen:

  1. Select Manage third-party access in the Third-party apps with account access section.
  2. Select one of the apps in the list of apps that have access to your account to expand it and show the access it has.
  3. If you want to revoke the access, click Remove Access.
  4. Repeat the process with each app you want to prevent from accessing your account.

Other Security Features

A Security Checkup that reports no issues found

The Security tab contains several other ways to keep your account secure beginning with the Security Checkup that provides personalized recommendations to secure your account along with alerts regarding any ongoing issues.

Also located on the Security tab screen are:

  • A list of devices that are currently signed in or have been active in your account in the previous 28 days
  • A process to manage a lost or stolen phone
  • A list of the sites and apps you sign in to with your Google account
  • Recent security events related to your account
  • Your recovery phone and recovery email
  • Your password
  • Any linked accounts