Using Google’s “multiple sign-in” feature is a great way to juggle between multiple Google accounts and Gmail addresses. But a common problem with using multiple Google accounts is being able to determine which is the default account, and it’s very easy to get things mixed up with multiple logins. That’s what we’re looking to accomplish here, by setting the right account as the default Google account, regardless of how many other accounts are in use.
This is a few process steps that may seem a little confusing at first, although after that the setup works perfectly throughout the site and retains the defaults. Ideally, Google will offer a simple “set this as default” option in the near future for all the web services they offer, as many people have multiple Google accounts for personal, work, and accessory uses. Keep in mind this focuses on web usage, and that iOS users have a very good Gmail app that can handle some very good accounts simply by swapping between which address you want to use. That’s basically how the web feature will work as well once it’s set up, even though we mostly focus on which will appear as default accounts when you visit Google web services.
Set or Change the default Google Account for Multiple User Login
- Go to Google site (google.com, gmail.com, etc) in non-private browser window (this is so that cookie can bet set)
- Log out of any and all Google / Gmail accounts, this is done by clicking on your avatar icon in the top right corner of the Google page and selecting “Exit” from the menu options
- Now go to Gmail.com, and login with the account you want to set as the default or primary account – this is important, the first account you log into becomes default when some of the marks are in use
- Once you are logged in to the main / default account, click on the avatar icon in the top right corner of the Google page and select “Add Account”
- Added second, third, and other Google accounts as needed
- Logging out can be done from anywhere in Google’s web services:
Again, make sure to get into what you want as default / first main account . Then, you can add new accounts that you’d like to become other options available in the account menu.
While logging out and returning to all accounts is obviously not difficult, it can be a bit confusing, and ‘set default’ options would really be a good way to reduce any existing frustrations.
Once you have logged in with multiple Google accounts, remember that you can switch between them at any point of the G service such as Gmail or apps, by clicking the avatar and selecting the account to use. In addition, some special services will ask for user feedback for will be used for that service with screen like:
I use this feature all the time to switch between my personal Gmail account and two work-related gmail accounts. Once you get this setup right, it’s much easier and better to log out and return to a different gmail address constantly, just set it once, then select the account you want to access from the avatar menu for certain Google services, and you ‘ good back to go with multiple logins.
For those using the Chrome web browser, managing multiple accounts is managed a little more easily if you use profile manager in Chrome , which is an experimental feature that needs to be manually enabled temporarily.