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When I travel abroad, it often happens that my original carrier is not valid, which means that sometimes I have to change my phone number to another carrier when I am in another country. So effectively I have two phone numbers.

Is there a way to use two recovery phone numbers in Google?

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Yes, you can.

  1. Go to your account
  2. Under Security (was Sign-in & security), go to Signing in to Google
  3. Go to 2-Step Verification
  4. Under Backup options for when your primary is unavailable
  5. Click Add a phone number

To use it, when you login, click Try another way to sign in under the code box. You will be presented with a list of options where you will find the second phone number as one of them.

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    If I'm not mistaken, this second phone won't receive security alerts. (A shortcoming on Google's part, not in the answer per-se)
    – user
    Sep 5 '16 at 5:40
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    I am on the "Signing in to Google" page and I don't see "2-Step Verification" anywhere. And the "Recovery phone" only lets me have 1 number, not two.
    – Dai
    Nov 24 '16 at 7:02
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    Dai is right. You can only see your last number. But when you change the current recovery phone, I was still able to see past options when I perform the 2-step verification. Not sure if this is a bug or a feature, I thought it would be worth mentioning.
    – Aki
    May 5 '17 at 23:54
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    That is for adding a second phone for Two Step Verification, not an account recovery phone, of those you can only have one and one email,
    – arana
    Dec 17 '20 at 23:03

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