Suspicious about an email program’s activity on your Gmail account? No longer using an app to read your emails? Find out here how to delete a Gmail application-specific password and revoke all access using it immediately.
First, the Bit of a Key
…that is in fact called “bit” goes by the descriptive name of “Bart”—”beard”—in German.
So, if a password is a key and the “beard” the bit that makes the key open the lock, how do we shave those crucial bits off of a Gmail app password so it no longer unlocks the account?
Here’s the metaphorical razor:
How to Delete a Gmail Application-Specific Password
To revoke a Gmail application-specific password so it no longer works to access your messages and labels:
- Click the Google Account avatar or initials near Gmail‘s top right corner.
- Select Google Account on the sheet that has appeared.
- Tip: You can also open your Google Account directly, of course, and log in if prompted.
- Open the Security category.
- Now click App passwords under Signing in to Google.
- Enter your Gmail password if a prompt for it appears and click Next.
- Click the trashcan icon () next to the Gmail application-specific password you want to delete.
- Tip: Look in the Last used column to find out when a Gmail application-specific password was last used. If a password has been unused for 6 months or more, it is best to delete it.
- Important: If a password you set up for an email program or service that you no longer use and do not expect to access your Gmail or Google account any more has been used recently, this is reason for concern: do delete that Gmail application password immediately to revoke access!
- Note: Clicking the trashcan icon will immediately delete the password without further confirmation.
How to Delete a Gmail Application-Specific Password: FAQ
Can I restore a revoked Gmail app password?
To set up the same email program or service for accessing Gmail account, do create a new app password.
(How to delete a Gmail application-specific password tested in a desktop browser; updated January 2019)