Note: Please don’t use this to abuse Gmail, Google offers a free and very nice email system don’t ruin it for people.
If it has been a while sense you have last signed up for a gmail account, you may be surprised to find out that Google has started asking to verify your account (image below) asking for your phone number. Google’s reason…
Why Google asks for your phone number
In an effort to protect our users from abuse, we sometimes ask users to verify their identity before they’re able to create or sign into accounts. Requiring proof of identification via phone is an effective way to keep spammers from abusing our systems.
Now I am sure that this is to stop abuse of Google’s systems (though how it hurts you I don’t know), I did after all eventually find out how to bypass this on a forum talking about automatically creating gmail accounts (link bellow).
Reasons (or the Why?)
Other than for automatically creating accounts here are some reasons why you might not want to give your number
· You don’t want to give Google your telephone number.
· You don’t have a phone
· You have reached the number of email accounts you can create with a single number (6 I believe)
· Some other reason that I haven’t thought of here
Google suggests that if you don’t have a phone you can use a friends, this is too much just for a simple email account in my opinion also what if none of your friends have phones either (it would count towards one of the accounts registered with their number too.)
Here is how to bypass this verification
1. Private Mode
Depending on if you are using Internet Explorer, Firefox, Safari or Google Chrome you need to open “private browsing”
On Internet Explorer Click Safety > InPrivate Browsing (or press Ctrl + Shift + P)
On Firefox Click Tools > Start Private Browsing (or press Ctrl + Shift + P)
On Safari Click Safari > Private Browsing
See http://osxdaily.com/2007/02/09/private-browsing-little-known-safari-feature/ for more info.
2. Creating an account
Filling out the email information is IMPORTANT
First, for the First and Last Name fill in gibberish
Second, for the Sercurity question use one of the preset ones (you can change it later for more security) and make the answer nonsense
Third (Optional), set your county to Mexico or a similar country (one that doesn’t have age restrictions for internet and email accounts or has less strict laws) and you won’t have to give your Date of Birth
Fill out the rest as normal and click the Create Account button.
Normally you would see the verification page, however because you enabled Private Browsing and filled out nonsense you will instead see a page congratulating you on your new account.
Help this doesn’t work!
If this doesn’t work try changing the first and last name you give Google and try unplugging your router for 5 to 10 seconds and plugging it back in and then try again. If it still doesn’t work try again the next day (that is what finally got it working for me)
Things to consider
If you did just give them your phone number, they do keep it otherwise how else would they know when you have created six email accounts and reached your limit. Also Google is primarily an ad company who is to say they won’t later text you with “special offers” (aka ads) for crap. This may seem Orwellian but hey why give them more information then YOU want to.