You would think this would be something that was easy to do…
I did a “year-end password change” on one of my Google accounts and so the next step was to change the password on my Android phone so that my account would sync correctly.
I must have looked through every single menu and settings screen looking for an obvious “change password” option. There was nothing to be found.
Looking online didn’t give me any solutions but there were lots and lots of people asking the same question. Some of the responses said I should get a prompt within a few hours or days of changing my Google account password online. I really didn’t want to wait that long for something that might (maybe?) happen.
Luckily, I stumbled across a way to quickly and easily change your account’s password on your phone.
- Simply go to the Android Market on your phone.
- You’ll get prompted to enter a password — enter the new password you created for your Google account online.
- After you’ve made the change, go back to your home screen
- Press your Menu button
- Go to Settings
- Go to Accounts and Sync
- Press the applicable Gmail account
- Press Sync Now at the bottom of the screen
This should show that your sync is now working.
I then sent a test email from my phone and checked online to make sure it sent. It took a few seconds for the test email to send, but everything seems to be working correctly now.
Remember that any other apps that use your Google ID and password for authentication will likely have to be updated on your phone, too.