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How to check your Gmail login history

Think you have a poltergeist, hacker, or secret admirer covertly logging into your Gmail account? Time to find out for sure.
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August 26, 2022
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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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QUICK ANSWER

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 it to be shown a list of all recent logins, along with their corresponding IP addresses.


JUMP TO KEY SECTIONS

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.

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If you click the Details link, you’ll then see a box with a detailed list of all the recent logins to your Gmail account.

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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 is 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.

Check the IP address online

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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. Bear in mind, though, that due to VPNs, people can easily change their geographical location.

Secure your account with Security Checkup

Finally, there’s a link in the login history box to secure your account with Security Checkup. This is a list of security recommendations from Google on securing your account.

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FAQs

Just type the IP address into the Google search bar. You’ll be given a rough geographical area.

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 they 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.