I'm someone who has been using 2 step verification for a year now.
Recently, I keep getting the following email from
Did you recently get an error about your password being wrong when you tried to check your Gmail or access your Google Calendar or Contacts for firstname.lastname@example.org?
Since you added 2-Step Verification to your account for additional security, accessing your Google Account requires both your password and a verification code provided by Google. However, certain apps can’t be configured to use verification codes. Here are some examples:
- Mail, Calendar, Contacts app on iPhone, iPad
- Microsoft Outlook
Don’t worry — you can still access your account from these apps and continue to use 2-Step Verification. All you have to do is configure that app with a special type of password called an “app-specific password”. Google will generate it for you, you’ll only have to enter it once, and you won’t need to remember it.
To get your app-specific password, visit: https://support.google.com/accounts/troubleshooter/3141849.
Sincerely, The Google Accounts team This email can't receive replies. For more information, visit the Google Accounts Help Center.
I get this email every day. I know what application passwords are, and for the life of me I can't think of any app that I use that would trigger this — I don't recall logging in to my GMail from any persistent device/app in the recent past.
Is there a way to stop this email? Or to trace what is triggering it?