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Gmail don't recognize device used to login

I have a dozen over gmail accounts used to store zip files
(either as google drive or just emails with attachments) that
I used to login using my Win 7/XP days but now when I
tried login using other PCs (sometimes my new Win10 PC
& often office PC),  it'll prompt for the following:

Thing is each time I request for verification code, there's a
$0.50 being charged to my phone bill.

How does Gmail decide it's an unrecognized device? On
many occasions, just using a different browser (eg: using
Chrome, firefox, Edge or corporate's secure browser) on
the very same PC will trigger the following ie despite it's
the same PC but different browser, it's treated as different
device.  Got a feel that when the browser is upgraded,
it'll treat it as a different device too.

Is there something from one browser that I could transfer
over to another browser or from one PC to another PC to
make it recognize as same device?  Had incurred quite a
number of such phone charges for the verification code so
if the code can be sent to a 'recovery email' or there's
another way for the code, would be great.




Gmail doesn't have this feature more than 8-9 years ago
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Jazz Marie Kaur

8/22/2022 - Mon
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David Johnson, CD

That's some serious SMS message cost. I'd really be thinking about another provider. for $35 I get unlimited North America voice, unlimited SMS/MMS
David Favor

Simple solutions...

1) Get another phone carrier.

2) Stop using Gmail for storing .zip files, switch to SFTP + HTTPS or something else.

3) Option #3 is use a TracFone, which provides infinite rollover of minutes + very cheap rates for buying credits which are used for both phone calls + SMS.

4) I'd take #2, especially if privacy + security are of concern to you.

Using mail servers to store data... to me... seems like a technology mismatch...

Especially since using Google...

a) You have no clue who's accessing your data for what reason.

b) Google charges for space, so eventually you'll have to pay for space.

c) Google's verification nonsense is a serious productivity killer.
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He's not using gmail mail servers to store data but taking advantage of the free google drive storage that goes with each google account.
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sunhux

>  use another E-Mail Address
Yes, I was searching for this in gmail & Jazz gave an excellent
detailed steps.

All Telcos here would charge as it's not local SMS: Gmail
is probably sending the SMS from overseas exchanges.

Not super sensitive data in those zips which contains videos
& photos which I'm afraid my USB HDDs are going to fail.

What I like about gmail/google drive is the speed of uploading
& downloading  (at least 30+ times faster) than some other
free China-based storage.

If anyone has free online storage to recommend, most
welcome:  I don't like Dropbox as the limit is quite small
& appears to require an app
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