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Simplified Google Account Switching

posted 10 Apr 2012, 09:53 by Chris Barrow   [ updated 25 Feb 2013, 12:20 ]
Google’s navigation bar widget that shows information about your account has been updated and now makes it easier to switch to a different account. All the accounts are automatically displayed, so you no longer have to click a link to see them. As Long as you are using Google Chrome and are signed into the web browser, otherwise you will have to add the account every time you open a new web browser.

Previously you had to go to your accounts page and turn Multiple sign-in on and accept the disclaimer.

Multiple sign-in supports a lot of Google services, including , Email, Calendar, Contacts and Docs, so you don’t need to use a different browser or the incognito window to sign in to another Google account.

About multiple sign-in

If you’re tired of signing in and out, or opening up new browsers in order to check all of your accounts at the same time, you can use multiple sign-in. With multiple sign-in, you’re able to access different Google products with up to 10 accounts using tabs in the same browser. Multiple sign-in is currently supported for these specific Google products, and automatically enabled on all Google Accounts.

Your default account

If you use multiple sign-in, the first account you use to sign in during that browser session will be your default account for the rest of that session. If you visit other Google products that don't support multiple accounts after you've signed in, you will automatically sign in to your default account for that product. If you sign out of any Google product while signed in to any account, you will be signed out of all your Google Accounts at once.

To sign in to additional accounts:

  1. Sign in to your Google Apps™ business account or personal Gmail account, using an account that has multiple sign-in enabled.
  2. Click your name or email address at the top of the page.
  3. Select Add account.
  4. On the page that opens, enter the email address and password for another account you wish to access, and click Sign in.

Once you’re signed in to more than one account in the same browser, you can easily switch accounts in the same tab. Just click your name or email address at the top and click on the email address you’d like to sign in to. So it's easy to switch accounts.

By Chris Barrow
Aragorn Consulting - Google Apps™ Authorized Reseller