Google announced back in May that it will be making Two-Step Verification (2-factor authentication) mandatory for all before the end of the year, and we now have a definitive date for it.
The way two-step verification hasn’t changed. When enabled, a user will receive an SMS of an email with a one-time password (OTP) whenever they try to log into the account. The job of this 2-factor authentication is to add an extra layer of security to your account.
Google is sending out emails and in-app prompts about enabling Two-Step Verification noting that it will be activated automatically on November 9th. The prompt reads as follows:
“After entering the password, you will need to complete a second step on the phone. Keep your phone handy when you log in. Two-Step Verification will be activated automatically on November 9th. If you want, you can activate this feature first: your account is ready.”
In a blog post, the company had earlier said, “By the end of 2021, we plan to auto-enrol an additional 150 million Google users in 2SV and require 2 million YouTube creators to turn it on.”
Mind you, 2SV hasn’t been made compulsory for all as of yet and Google appears to be moving users to it batch by batch. If you are one of those with Two-Step Verification still disabled for your Google account, then head over to this link for steps on enabling it manually.