Have you found yourself rapidly accumulating Gmail accounts? Between work, school, and any personal 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 it. 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 in to 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
You can also add additional Gmail accounts to the mobile app. Once you’ve downloaded and opened the Gmail app, go ahead and sign in to your first account.
Step 2: Adding more accounts
For iOS devices
Step 1: Open your Gmail app and tap the Profile Picture icon in the top-right corner.
Step 2: Navigate to Add Another Account from the menu that pops up.
Step 3: 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.
Step 4: Follow the instructions to sign in to your other account. Keep in mind that the directions you receive vary from one device to another, so don’t be surprised if the prompts you receive on one device are markedly different from your other device’s instruction format.
For Android devices
Step 1: Open the Gmail app on your Android device. You should already be signed in to your first account.
Step 2: To add your other accounts, tap on the Profile Picture icon in the top-right corner.
Step 3: Select Add Another Account.
Step 4: On the next screen, select the type of email account you’re adding. If it’s a Gmail account, select Google from the list of email client options.
Step 5: Sign into the new Gmail account as prompted. Once you do, you’ll be taken back to the main Gmail inbox screen for your first account. To view your other account’s inbox, tap on the Profile Picture icon again. Then, from the pop-up menu that appears, choose your newly added email account to view its inbox.
Need to further customize your Gmail experience? 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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