Have you been accumulating Gmail accounts at an alarming rate? It’s perfectly reasonable to have three (or more) Google accounts that need to be checked on a regular basis between work, school, and any personal accounts you’ve created.
Logging in and out of each of your accounts every time you want to use it can be inconvenient (not to mention time-consuming). Fortunately, Google makes it simple to log in to multiple Gmail accounts at the same time and switch between them quickly on your phone or computer. Here’s how to make the most of Google’s various sign-in options.
On your personal computer
Step 1: Go to Google and create an account.
To begin, go to the Google homepage. You can skip to the next section if you’ve already signed in to your first account. If not, press the blue Sign In button in the upper-right corner of the screen. You can either choose an account with which you’ve previously logged in and re-enter the password, or you can create a new account by entering all of the necessary information. You’ll be taken back to the homepage once you’ve signed in to that first account.
Step 2: Creating new accounts
Your profile picture (or initials if you haven’t added one yet) should appear in the upper-right corner once you’ve logged in. Simply press the button. It will be followed by a drop-down menu. After that, select Add Another Account. Sign in to the next account, and then repeat the process for the rest of the accounts you want to use. Press your Photo once more to switch between your signed-in accounts. This menu will now include an option for each additional account. Choose Open Link in New Tab (or the equivalent option in your chosen browser) from the menu that appears when you right-click whichever one you want to use. With that account signed in, a new tab or window will open.
You may notice that one of your accounts (such as the one with which you first signed in) now has a Default tag next to it. When you access a Google app for the first time, the account that is set to Default will be automatically logged in. There is currently no easy way to change your default account once you’ve signed in to all of them other than to log out of all of them and sign in with the one you want first.
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If you’re using an iPhone or an Android phone,
Step 1: Install and sign in to the Gmail app.
Additional Gmail accounts can also be added to the mobile app. Sign in to your first account after you’ve downloaded and opened the Gmail app.
Step 2: Increasing the number of accounts
For iPhone and iPad users
Step 1: In the top-right corner of your Gmail app, tap the Profile Picture icon.
Step 2: From the pop-up menu, select Add Another Account.
Step 3: Select the type of email account to be added. If you’re going to log into another Gmail account, for example, you should select Google as the account type.
Step 4: Sign in to your other account by following the instructions. Keep in mind that the instructions you receive vary from device to device, so don’t be surprised if the prompts you receive on one device differ significantly from the instruction format on your other device.
For Android phones and tablets
Step 1: On your Android device, open the Gmail app. Your first account should already have you logged in.
Step 2: Tap the Profile Picture icon in the top-right corner to add your other accounts.
Step 3: Select Add Another Account from the drop-down menu.
Step 4: Select the type of email account you’re adding on the next screen. Select Google from the list of email client options if it’s a Gmail account.
Step 5: When prompted, sign into your new Gmail account. You’ll be taken back to the main Gmail inbox screen for your first account once you’ve done so. Tap on the Profile Picture icon once more to see your other account’s inbox. Then, from the pop-up menu, select your newly added email account to see its inbox.
Do you want to personalize your Gmail experience even more? Check out our guide on how to create signatures for your Gmail accounts using Android, iOS, or a PC.