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Gmail Login Change Effective September 12

IT Services is pleased to announce enhanced security for student Gmail and G Suite accounts. Starting September 12, the login experience will transition to UC San Diego’s single sign-on (SSO) platform. As such, student Gmail and G Suite access will be subject to our new two-step login procedures, which become required starting October 16. Visit twostep.ucsd.edu to register for two-step login and secure your account if you haven’t already.

Logging into Gmail via SSO and two-step login adds an extra element of account security. Benefits include:

  • Increased overall privacy and account security
  • Reduced burden of overly-complicated passwords
  • Lower risk of losing access due to a compromised account

The change affects the login experience only. After entering your username like normal, you’ll be automatically transferred to our SSO platform to complete your login. Note that Google’s built-in 2-Step Verification will be disabled for those currently using it for UC San Diego accounts. Everything else about using campus Gmail and G Suite apps remains the same.

Please direct questions to the Service Desk at servicedesk@ucsd.edu or 858-246-4357, or by visiting the walk-up desk on the first floor of the AP&M building.

Using G-Suite for Classes

If your instructor is using G Suite as part of the instructional environment for your class, you can login to the UC San Diego instance of Google Apps at gapps.ucsd.edu using your UC San Diego-assigned (user@ucsd.edu) username and password.


The Gmail option you see upon logging to UC San Diego Google Apps will NOT send and receive official @ucsd.edu email for students with campus email addresses that are accessed through the campus Microsoft Exchange server or directed elsewhere (personal gmail, yahoo, etc.)

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