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Is it possible to use application-specific passwords on Google without going through all the hassles of the 2-step verification authentication?

What if I don't want to tie myself to a phone number on a PSTN, but still want to have some application-specific passwords?

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That's not possible. –  Sathya Jan 20 at 4:36
@Sathya, why not? –  cnst Jan 20 at 4:37
because it isn't supported. because app-specific passwords get flagged on your Google account only when you enable 2fA. Also, if you have a smartphone, you can install the Authenticator app, allowing for 2fA code generation, without the need for a data plan or for a constant phone number –  Sathya Jan 20 at 4:56
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