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delia25
Mar 18, 2013

How to use Google 2-step verification with an older smartphone?

I've finally started practicing what I preach and using 2 step verification to log into my Google account since so much of my online life is so deeply integrated with Google - email, voice, wallet, play, et al. One of my Android phones is an old Motorola running 2.2 Froyo. Apparently, you can only use 2-step verification with Android devices that are after 2.3 Gingerbread. I use the old phone as a WiFi only device and not as my main phone, but it will be pretty useless if I can't log on to Google accounts. Is there a way to use the old 2.2 phone with 2-step authentication?

jimlynch
03/20/2013
Here's some info from the Google support page:

About 2-step verification
http://support.google.com/accounts/bin/answer.py?hl=en&answer=180744
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wstark
03/19/2013

Yes, you can still use it, you just have to set it up a little differently. You will need to get an "application specific password" or ASP when you set-up your verified devices. Go to the "authorizing applications & sites" page under Google Account settings. The set-up page for 2-step authentication will offer the option of generating an ASP and once you select it and generate an ASP you can enter it into the window that will pop up on your phone. Enter it, and you are good to go. Once you go through this process, the older phone will work just fine with 2-step verification.  I also suggest installing Google Authenticator (free from Google Play)  on your mobile device once you have completed initial set-up. Hope this helps. Google also has a page that walks you through the process.

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