I received an email from Google today that says, starting 6 days from now, after I enter my password I'll need to complete a second step on my phone to log in.

The problem is that I'm overseas, so I cannot use my US simcard. I travel about 6 months per year, to various countries.

I could change my phone number to my local number, but the next time I switch countries I will not be able to log in to switch it again, because my local simcard will not work in the next country. Any suggestions?


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Use a different 2FA

Since you'll be traveling so often (making backup codes alone not an appealing option), you should switch from text or voice codes to authenticator codes. What this means is that instead of getting a text message, you just open an app and copy the current code. You can even access the codes when your phone doesn't have internet or any cell service.



You should deactivate the "2-Step Verification" feature in your Google Account by setting this profile setting option off under https://myaccount.google.com/security

Ideally you should do this before the six days are over.

EDIT: Official Support documentation - https://support.google.com/accounts/answer/1064203?hl=en&co=GENIE.Platform%3DiOS&oco=1

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