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Signing in using application-specific passwords

The codes that you’ll get with 2-step verification don’t work with all applications. There are a few applications that use information from your Google Account (like the Gmail application on your phone, or Outlook) that require another type of code. These are called application-specific passwords.
Some devices and applications that use these special passwords include:

How to generate an application-specific password

Unlike a verification code that you receive from your phone or through Google Authenticator, application-specific passwords are generated. You don’t have to memorize them, ever - you simply generate a new one each time you need to sign into a particular application. Follow the steps below to generate your application-specific password:
  1. Visit the Authorizing applications & sites page new window (pictured below) under your Google Account settings.
  2. Under the Application-specific passwords section, enter a descriptive name for the application (label 1) you want to authorize, such as "AdWords Editor – Desktop," then click “Generate application-specific password" (label 2).
application-specific password creation
You'll then see the application-specific password you just created (3). You'll also see the name you wrote in for the device (4) and a link to Revoke (5) -- or cancel -- the code.
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Once you click Done, you’ll never see that application-specific code again. But don't panic: You can generate a new one whenever you’re prompted for an application-specific password by a non-browser device or application -- even a device or application you’ve authorized before.

Using application-specific passwords

When prompted for a password when you sign in to a non-browser application or device that accesses your Google Account:
  1. Enter your username.
  2. Enter your application-specific password in the password field.
  3. If your application has an option to remember your application-specific password or stay signed in, you can select that option so you won’t have to generate and enter a new application-specific password each time you access your account from this application or device.
For sync on Google Chrome, don’t enter the application-specific password in the password field. You’ll be prompted to enter the application-specific password on the next screen.

Examples of using application-specific passwords

Apple Mail Android on Nexus S

Third-party applications that use Google's API feed, such as Blogger plug-ins, might not accept 2-step verification codes. Check the resources provided by the plug-in for the best way to use it with 2-step verification.

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