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.
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.
Finally, follow the on-screen prompts from there to sign in to your second account. These prompts may differ between devices, so make sure to pay attention if you’re signing into multiple accounts on a new device.
For Android devices
Once you have successfully signed in, you can switch between your accounts at will. Just tap your profile picture or icon, then pick which version you want to work from on the drop-down menu. Logging in and out of multiple accounts is now a thing of the past with Google’s multi-sign-in feature.
There are ways to help differentiate your accounts after logging into them, too. After all, if you go by your first name for all of your accounts, it may be difficult to tell them apart at first glance. Make sure to check out our guide that covers adding a signature to your Gmail account. In this guide, we discuss how to add signatures to your accounts via Android, iOS, or a PC.