About three years ago I was locked out of my Gmail account, which was an experience I do not want repeated. Apparently someone tried to access my account on numerous occasions, so in order to protect my account, Google locked the account. During the time I was unable to access my Gmail, I had to go through a bunch of hoops before I could regain access to my mail. I will never forget the exasperation I felt, since the process took almost five days and involved an email exchange from myself, via my primary email, to Google, before the problem was resolved.
That was then and this is now. Thankfully, the process for recovering access to your Gmail account has been improved with advances in technology. In order to take advantage of some additional reset options for your Gmail account, do the following:
Open your Gmail and select Accounts. Click on the option: Change Password Recovery Options.
Once you access this area, you can add additional email accounts where password reset options can be sent. You can even set more than one email recovery address. You can choose to have a text message sent to your mobile phone. You can also choose a voice message to be sent to your landline telephone. In addition, you can reset your security question as well as reset your account password to one that is more secure.
During the setup process, you will receive a text message or voice message with a verification code. The process of recovering your account can further be accessed by a set of ten additional unlock codes that you print out as a further precaution, so that you can access your account even if your mobile phone is not available.
I would highly recommend that if you have a Gmail account you take advantage of these additional recovery options. This could save you a lot of time some way down the road if your account is locked because of unauthorized attempts to access it.