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Generate an application-specific-password

When you use a non-browser application or mobile device that accesses your Google Apps account, a so called application-specific password is required. Some devices and applications that use these special passwords include:

  • POP and IMAP email clients such as Google's Mail Fetcher,
    Outlook, Mail and Thunderbird 
  • Gmail and Google Calendar on smartphones
  • ActiveSync for Windows Mobile and iPhone
  • Google Drive on smartphones

Notice: You will only be able to generate an application-specific password after you have turned on 2-step verification for your account. By default the status of 2-step verification is OFF. 

Follow the steps below to generate your application-specific password

  1. Visit the Authorizing applications & sites page new window (pictured below) under your Google Account settings.
  2. In the Application-specific passwords section, enter a descriptive name for the application or device you want to authorize, such as "Outlook" or "iPad",  then click Generate application-specific password.




  3. On a yellow background you'll see the application-specific password you just created.



  4. Once you click Done, you’ll never see that application-specific code again. But don't panic: You can generate a new one whenever you’re prompted for an application-specific password by a non-browser device or application -- even a device or application you’ve authorized before.

  5. You'll also see the descriptive name you filled in, the creation date of the password and a link to Revoke (5) -- or cancel -- the code.


Using application-specific passwords

When prompted for a password when you sign in to a non-browser application or mobile device that accesses your Google account:

  1. Enter your full TiU email address (initials.lastname@tilburguniversity.edu) in the username field.
  2. Enter your application-specific password in the password field.
  3. If your application has an option to remember your application-specific password or stay signed in, you can select that option so you won’t have to generate and enter a new application-specific password each time you access your account from this application or device.