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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 '14 at 4:36
@Sathya, why not? – cnst Jan 20 '14 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 '14 at 4:56

I was able to work around this by turning on 2-step verification, setting up app passwords, then turning 2-step verification back off. When you turn it off, it asks if you want to clear verification data. I said no; I don't know whether that matters. After turning it off, the app passwords link is still available, and my applications still login fine.

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Sounds great! I haven't tested this, but doing a +1 for you as you're a new user, and it sounds like this might indeed work. If someone else could confirm or deny this claim, that'd be great! – cnst Jul 17 '14 at 18:19
I suspect Google may have disabled this workaround this week. I had been using it successfully until now. Can anyone confirm? – pate Dec 4 '15 at 17:11
Can confirm. I used to have an app-specific password like this from a few months ago. Today I tried to add a new app-specific password, and when I turned off 2-step verification (the last step in this process), the app passwords page says "The setting you are looking for is not available for your account." and the app-specific passwords do not work anymore. – interestinglythere Dec 11 '15 at 14:44

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