To help keep your account secure, starting May 30, 2022, Google will no longer support the use of third-party apps or devices which ask you to sign in to your Google Account using only your username and password.
Please note this deadline does not apply to Google Workspace or Google Cloud Identity customers. The enforcement date for these customers will be announced on the Workspace blog at a later date.
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Special Note on Apple Device Sign-Ins. Users who have not recently signed into their Google Account using only username and password will be able to only make new sign in attempts using the Google account type starting from February 28, 2022. Existing users may continue to sign into their Google Account using their username and password until May 30, 2022.
If you use the Play store or GitHub version of FairEmail, you can use the quick setup wizard to easily setup a Gmail account and identity. The Gmail quick setup wizard is not available for third party builds, like the F-Droid build because Google approved the use of OAuth for official builds only.
Been there, done that, with orbot VPN. Decided it was worth getting off the Google wagon, dumping “free as in beer but NOT as in freedom or privacy” email, and paying for email service that really (seems to) respect privacy.
Ohh yeah. BTW, phone number is not needed. Just add as app notification first, then get those backup codes and add any otp app (like freeotp) etc. Then remove the account from phone and you are done. No number needed. I even removed my mobile number from an old account which I had forgotten about.
I did not enter it at all. I went to security. 2FA > Tap on your device is the first option > security codes is the 2nd option > authenticator is the 3rd way.
Once 2nd and 3rd are up, I remove account from device.