How To Use Gmail Without a Phone Number
If you want to create a new Gmail account, Google may ask you for a phone number verification. This was optional in the past, but recently Google has made it mandatory.
However, there are still many ways to bypass this and create a new Gmail without the use of your phone number. So, if for some reason you don’t want to enter your phone number, you may use one of these solutions.
Create a Gmail on Your Android Device
If you have an Android device, you can create a new Gmail account via the ‘Settings’ app. This way you can bypass Google asking you for your phone number. To do so, you have to:
- Go to the “Settings app” from the app menu.
- Find the “Accounts” menu (or Clouds & Accounts, depending on the system version).
- Tap “Accounts”.
- Select “Add Account” on the bottom of the list.
- Choose Google from the list. A Google screen should open.
- Click “Create account” on the bottom-left of the screen.
- Input your first and last name and hit the ‘Next’ button.
- Add your date of birth and gender and tap ‘Next’ again.
- Choose a new Gmail address, or make one of your own.
- Enter the password.
- Accept the Terms of Service.
After this, you won’t have to add any further information. You can use your new email and you won’t need to verify any phone numbers.
Keep in mind that this option is only available on Android and not on any other system.
Create a Gmail on Your PC: Going Incognito
If you try to set up an account from your web browser’s incognito mode, you’ll be able to skip entering your phone number. To do this, follow these steps:
- Open a new incognito (private) window on your web browser.
- For Google Chrome, press and hold Ctrl + Shift + N keys.
- For Mozilla Firefox, press and hold Ctrl + Shift + P keys.
- For Opera, press and hold Ctrl + Shift + N keys.
- Note: If you have Mac, use ⌘ instead of Shift for the previous steps.
- Go to the Create New Google Account
- Fill in your account information and new email address.
- Press ‘Next’.
- Leave the phone number blank on the next screen.
- Fill in the rest of the information.
- Click on the ‘Next’ button.
- Read and agree to Privacy and Terms.
After creating your Gmail account, you’ll land on your account dashboard. To access mail, just click on the ‘Google apps’ menu on the top-right (9 dots forming a square), and select the ‘Gmail’ icon.
Set Your Age to 15
This is another useful trick to bypass phone verification. If you’re 15 years or younger, Google would assume that you still don’t have a cell phone of your own. You’ll just have to set up a different birth year. To do so, you should:
- Open your browser.
- Go to Gmail.
- Click on the ‘Create account’ option at the bottom of the screen.
- Choose ‘For Myself’ or ‘For Business’.
- Enter your account information and a new email address.
- ‘Click ‘Next’.
- Set your birth year to 15 years before the current. For example, if its 2019, you should set your birth year to 2004.
- Leave the mobile phone bar blank and use the recovery email instead.
- Agree to terms and conditions.
This way Google will use your alternate email address to verify your account and you won’t need a phone number.
Use a Dummy Number
A dummy number is an online service that you can use to verify your accounts via mobile number. You can use one of the phone numbers from these websites instead of your own.
Then, Gmail will send a verifying key to this number and you’ll be able to read it and type it in.
Some of these websites are:
Keep in mind that you’ll be able to use this phone number just once. So, if you set your phone number to be your only recovery option, you might permanently lose your email account.
Take Care with Your Email
As you can see, there are a lot of ways to bypass Gmail’s phone number verification. However, the number verification is there for a reason.
Without it, you may have trouble accessing your email if it gets hacked, or if you forgot your password. Also, a phone number helps Google notify you if there are unusual activities with your email account activity. So, be careful with your email, whether you use a phone number or not.