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How to check your Gmail login history
Do you suspect that someone might be logging into your Gmail account behind your back? Or that perhaps a hacker has gained access to your emails? Two-factor authentication would solve this scenario in a jiffy, but if you haven’t got 2FA enabled and you think you have an online snooper, there’s a quick and easy way to check your Gmail login history.
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You can check your Gmail login history using a Google feature called Last account activity. Go to your Gmail account and look down in the right-hand bottom corner. There, you'll see a link called Details. Click on it to be shown a list of all recent logins, along with their corresponding IP addresses.
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Pull up a list of all recent logins to your Gmail account
Last account activity is only accessible via the desktop version of Gmail. So log into Gmail on a desktop computer, and in the bottom right-hand corner, cast your eye to the Details link.
If you click on the Details link, you’ll then see a box with a detailed list of all the recent logins to your Gmail account.
On the left-hand side, you’ll see which kind of device accessed your account (browser, mobile, etc.). If it says Unknown, compare the IP address to others in your list. Sometimes an IP address will be listed as Mobile, and other times the same address listed as Unknown.
Authorized Application is an app, online platform, or Google plugin, which you’ve authorized to access your Gmail account. Examples include Dropbox, Slack, Zoom, and Trello.
Log out of all Gmail sessions everywhere
In the previous screenshot, it says at the top This account does not seem to be open in any other location. If your account is being accessed on another device elsewhere, this message will change and tell you where else the account is being accessed, along with the IP address. You will then have the ability to log that device out of your account.
Afterward, if you think your account has been compromised, change your Gmail password immediately. You should also Google the IP address to see the geographical location of the other person. Maybe it will give you a clue as to who it is.
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How do I check the IP address in Gmail’s login history?
Just type the IP address into the Google search bar. You’ll be given a rough geographical area.
What if I don’t recognize an authorized application in Gmail’s login history?
Look to see what you have installed in your Gmail account – plugin icons are usually listed vertically down the far-right-hand side. Also check your browser plugins to see if any of them are designed to access Gmail. Finally, applications authorized to access your Google account will be listed here – you can revoke any you don’t need anymore.