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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
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@Sathya, why not? –  cnst Jan 20 at 4:37
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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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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 at 18:19

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