I tried the 2-step verification for Gmail a few days ago and created app-specific passwords for my mail clients (Apple Mail, Sparrow, iPhone, iPad) and they all worked out fine.

Last night, I tried logging on Gmail.com on browser on my mom's computer. Naturally, with 2-step on, it would send me a code to verify my account via SMS. Waited half hour, still no SMS. So I tried the calling option, got a call, but no sound on the other end so I still didn't get the code. And I didn't save the backup codes (didn't realize there were such a thing) so I freaked out and reset everything using their 2-step troubleshoot form.

This morning, I got an email:

Good news -- you’re just steps away from regaining access to your account! To reset your password and sign in, follow these steps:

So I did. Changed my password, recovery email address, secret questions and the like.

And I went in to the 2-step settings page to turn it off as it's so troublesome. Revoked all my individually created passwords for my apps, and went in to change the passwords to the main Gmail passwords on all these apps.

And lo and behold: "Password incorrect".

I thought I entered the password wrong. Tried logging out of Gmail through a browser, logged back in, but no, still incorrect.

I tried logging back in on iPhone Mail, Apple Mail and Sparrow. "Password incorrect". Didn't have to try my iPad to know what it would say.

I can now only access Gmail on gmail.com, not any of the apps.

Gmail is my main email address and I would like to access it from more than just the website through a browser.

How can I get access to Gmail through other apps again?

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Maybe you need to enable POP or IMAP?


If your mobile application is set as iPhone you should add the Authenticator app to your iPhone


Go with the time based token.

Also check the last used date of your application specific passwords. https://accounts.google.com/b/0/IssuedAuthSubTokens

Application specific passwords

For now, I would try with one of the devices for example start with the Mail.app

Generate a password

Password Generation

Write the password down and keep it in a text file.

Generated the 16 character password

Now enter the password (without spaces in to your Mail.app settings), currently it is unavailable you need to see that Last used date is the current date entered.


If it keeps showing unavailable, revoke that password and try again. Repeat for all devices.

If this does not work consider contacting Google Support (there is a Community Manager that lurks around here... so maybe they will see this).

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