Have you found yourself rapidly accumulating Gmail accounts? Between work, school, and any personal or spam accounts you may have created, it’s completely reasonable to have three (or more) Google accounts that need to be checked regularly.
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It can be annoying (not to mention time-consuming) to log in and out of each of your accounts every time you want to use them. Luckily, Google makes it easy to log in to multiple Gmail accounts at once and quickly switch between them on your phone and computer. Here’s how to make use of Google’s multiple sign-in feature.
On your computer
Step 1: Navigate to Google and sign in
First, navigate to the Google homepage. If you’re already signed in to your first account, you can skip down to the next section. If not, in the upper right corner of the screen, press the blue Sign In button. You can either choose an account you’ve previously logged in with and re-enter the password, or enter all the relevant information for another account. Once you’re signed in to that first account, you’ll be brought back to the homepage.
Step 2: Adding additional accounts
Once you’re logged in, you should see your profile picture (or your initials if you haven’t added a photo yet) in the upper-right corner. Click it. A drop-down menu will appear directly below it. Next, click Add Another Account. Sign in to the next account and repeat this process for your other desired accounts. To switch between your signed-in accounts, press your photo again. Each additional account will show up as an option in this menu now. Right-click whichever one you wish to use and select Open Link in New Tab (or the equivalent option in your chosen browser) in the menu that pops up. A new tab or window will open with that account signed into.
You may notice that one of your accounts (like the first one you signed in with) will have a (default) tag next to it now. Whichever account is set to default will be the account that is automatically logged into when you first access a Google app. There is currently no easy way to change your default account once you’ve signed in to them all, except by logging out of all of your accounts and signing in with the one you want first.
On your iPhone or Android phone
Step 1: Download the Gmail app and sign in
While you can add another Gmail account through the mobile website version of Gmail, you can also add Gmail accounts on the mobile app. Once you’ve downloaded and opened the Gmail app, go ahead and sign into your first account.
Step 2: Adding more accounts
For iOS devices
To begin, open your Gmail app and tap the profile picture icon in the top right-hand corner. Next, navigate to Add Another Account from the menu that pops up. Then, choose the type of email account you want to add; if you’re going to log into another Gmail account, for example, the account type should be Google.
Now, just follow the instructions to sign in to your other account. Know that the prompts you get might differ based on the device you’re using, so if you’re using a different device than normal, you might get a different appearance.
For Android devices
Once you’ve signed in, you can switch between accounts as much as you want. Just click your profile icon and pick the account you prefer from the drop-down menu. Google now lets you sign into several accounts simultaneously, so you don’t need to fuss with signing in and out of them.
You can also distinguish your accounts after you’ve logged in, which helps if your accounts all have the same name. Check out our guide on adding a signature to your Gmail account, where we go over how to create signatures for your accounts with Android, iOS, or a PC.
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