How to Juggle Between Google Accounts in One Browser

How to Juggle Between Google Accounts in One Browser

Vivian Kim
Oct 14, 2011

Like some others, I use more than one Gmail account at a time: one is for my work while the other is my personal account. With more and more businesses switching to Google apps as their business email, chances are your next job will provide you with a Gmail account as well. This can cause problems when signing in and out of apps like Google Calendar and Google Docs between different accounts. Here are 2 ways I've found that have helped me to manage between multiple Google accounts in one browser.

1. This first tip is for Google Chrome users. The main browser that I use is Google's Canary browser, which is the developers build of Google Chrome. Canary is slightly more buggy but has all of the latest and greatest features that eventually get updated into Chrome. One great feature is the ability to switch between user accounts. What that means is that I can sign into my work's Gmail account and have all my bookmarks, extensions, themes and passwords synced with it. Then I can easily switch over to my personal account without having to sign out of my work account. When switching users, a new browser window pops open which means by keeping both windows open, I can use 2 accounts in one browser at the same time. You can differentiate the windows even more by using a different browser theme. This option is also helpful if you share a computer/browser with someone.

2. Google also offers a little known feature called "Sign in to multiple Google Accounts" that works on any browser. In your Google account settings:

  • Go to the multiple sign-in settings page.
  • Sign in to your account.
  • Select On to enable the multiple sign-in feature and select the checkboxes to confirm that you understand how to use multiple sign-in.
  • Click Save changes.

This allows you to use up to 10 different Google user accounts in one browser. The nice thing about this is that you can use whatever browser you want. It can however get a bit confusing remembering which account you're signed into. This option is helpful if you're on a public computer and want to switch quickly between accounts without having to retype passwords while logging in/out.

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