Ok – so it is a worst case scenario, and yeah, it will like never happen I thought.  And if it does, I’ll lose access to some of my emails, but nothing major, right?  WRONG

 

Recently after having annoying prompts coming up on Google Accounts (in Gmail), I tried to make Gmail happy, and give it my ‘recovery phone’.  I added this, and it asked if I wanted to turn on two step verification.  It simply told me that when I logged in on a new computer, it would send me a txt. Perfect, I thought and secure too!

My whole little online world came crashing down the other day, when I ran CleanMyMac.  I refreshed Safari, and it deleted a whole lot of random information.  (I ended up deleting 70GB of random stuff I didn’t need, which changed my spare space on my 256GB SSD from 3GB to 73GB!).

When I opened Safari after my cleanup, it wanted me to sign into Google again.  Fair enough, I guess.  I logged in, and up popped the 2 Step Verification page.  It said a code had been sent to my phone.  I waited, and waited.  I pressed resend code.  I waited, and waited.  Getting slightly nervous, I tried again, and again.  Nothing came through. At all. I tried for 3 days. Nothing came.

I went onto Google’s help section, and could not find anything about codes not being received. It said to use recovery codes to regain access – this is all very well, but I didn’t know what these were until I first read about them on the page.

I had never been prompted to print recovery codes or the like, and simply put, this meant I had straight up lost access to my account. I needed help, and filled out the lost access form.  It said that someone would be in touch.  I waited, and waited.  I wasn’t able to log in to GAE or any tools like Webmaster Tools etc.

 

Three days later, I got an email, and someone from Google had removed the verification! Hooray, I got my account back!  I have since reenabled 2 step verification, and started using Google’s authenticator App.  I have also printed recovery codes!  I’m never making this mistake again.

 

Why did this happen?

I can’t figure out why I didn’t receive my codes, since I had never had this problem before.  I have my cellphone number, which is an 027 (originally Telecom), with 2 Degrees. I wonder if this had something to do with it.

The day I lost access to my Google Account is one that I never want to happen again.