How to recover quickly if you get locked out of Google


I know first-hand how frustrating it is to get locked out of your Google account and lose access to much of your online life. I’m hoping this simple work-around will help get you get through the account recovery process much faster than the manual method, which takes a minimum of 3-5 days (and in my case ended up taking weeks).

This week, a colleague who remembered my article on my lock-out experience asked me for advice after she was locked out of her account. And a solution occurred to me, one that I had actually discovered last year, but had never put to use myself. It worked for her, and I hope it works for you too. It’s actually pretty simple.

If you have paid storage on Google, follow these steps:

  1. Go to Google One.
  2. Click the Call button at the top of the screen.
  3. Tell the person who answers that you’re locked out. They should be able to help you.

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