How To Manage Multiple Google Or Gmail Accounts On Android
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If you’ve got more than one Google account, for example a private Gmail ID and another for a project or work, you may have wondered whether you can use them simultaneously on your Android phone. Well, you can and it’s pretty straight forward.

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How To Add Additional Google Accounts

Instructions below document the process on Android 4.4.2. The method was also confirmed on Android 4.0.4, where it works almost the same.

From your Android device’s home screen, go to Settings > Accounts and tap Add account. Select Google from the list. To add an account that already exists, click Existing. Clicking New allows you to set up a completely new Google account through your device.

Add Google Account

Sign in using your email address and password. You might have to do this via the web interface, and if you have two-factor authentication Lock Down These Services Now With Two-Factor Authentication Lock Down These Services Now With Two-Factor Authentication Two-factor authentication is the smart way to protect your online accounts. Let's take a look at few of the services you can lock-down with better security. Read More enabled, you will have to confirm your signing in with a code Can Two-Step Verification Be Less Irritating? Four Secret Hacks Guaranteed to Improve Security Can Two-Step Verification Be Less Irritating? Four Secret Hacks Guaranteed to Improve Security Do you want bullet-proof account security? I highly suggest enabling what's called "two-factor" authentication. Read More .

Sign Into Google Account

Once you’ve signed in successfully, Android will set up your new Google account. Note that you can SKIP payment info and you can customize which account data will be synced to your device.

Google Account Setup

You can change your sync settings Saving Mobile Data: 5 Clever Ways To Reduce Data Usage Saving Mobile Data: 5 Clever Ways To Reduce Data Usage If you’re on a limited mobile data plan, you may find opening your bill to be harrowing experience. Is there an overage charge? How much? And why was there so much data used? While the... Read More anytime by returning to Settings > Accounts and tapping Google. This will show you all Google accounts set up on your device, and tapping one brings you back to the sync settings you set up above. From here you can also remove the respective account.

Google Sync Settings

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Android Browser Sign-In

Which Apps Does This Affect & How?

The sync settings shown above reveal that adding an additional Google account affects several apps, depending on which data you choose to sync. Your Google account is connected to the following apps and features: App Data, Calendar, Chrome, Contacts, Drive, Gmail, Google Play, Google+, Hangouts, Keep, and any other apps that support Google login. Let’s see how this affects some of the standard apps.


If you have chosen to sync your Gmail account, you will now see two or more accounts listed in the Gmail app 5 Excellent Email Apps for Android, Compared 5 Excellent Email Apps for Android, Compared You probably use your smartphone for email, but switching to one of these apps could make that experience a lot better for you. Read More . You can make individual inbox and notification settings via the account settings menu. Scroll down to the very bottom of the list of account folders, tap Settings, then tap the account for which you’d like to adjust settings, and make your changes.

Gmail Account Settings


Much like Gmail, the Hangounts app will show you a list of your accounts, so you can manage multiple contact IDs. Via Settings, you can make individual choices for each account. For example, you could choose to receive vibrate and sound notifications for one account, but only vibrate for another.

Hangouts Settings


Your calendar can display events from multiple sources. Not only can you manage multiple calendars How to Sync Google Calendar with Every Other Platform How to Sync Google Calendar with Every Other Platform Google Calendar is arguably the easiest, most intuitive and most versatile way to organize your day. The only problem users commonly encounter is syncing it with their devices. Read More under one account, you can manage them under multiple accounts. Open the app and go to Calendars to display. Here you can enable or disable all accounts that feed into your calendar, including Google and Facebook, and you can change each calendar’s color. To handle calendars by account, click the Calendars to sync button or go to Settings and select the respective ID.

Google Calendar Settings

Play Store

The Play Store also supports multiple accounts. Tap the button in the top left to expand your account options. Next to your account, tap the arrowhead to expand the list of accounts set up on your device. This will allow you to access apps and wishlists based on which account you’re using.

Google Play Options

My apps is an interesting feature if you’re using the same account on two different devices or moving an account to a new device. The Play Store keeps a record of any app you’ve ever installed until you remove it from the All list by clicking the X icon.

So this is where you can find apps you used in the past, possibly on another device, and bulk-install How To Install & Uninstall Windows Programs In Bulk How To Install & Uninstall Windows Programs In Bulk A mass installer or uninstaller can save you heaps of time. Remember the last time you set up a new computer? We are going to teach you how to do these tasks in a flash. Read More them. Simply hold an item until it says 1 selected, then go through the list, add more, and click Install when you’re done.

Google Play My Apps

Other Apps

Managing multiple accounts in Google Drive, Keep, and other Google apps is very similar to what I described above. Contacts from all your Google accounts and other non-Google accounts like Facebook and Whatsapp should be automatically synced with your Contacts app. In Chrome, you will find all Google accounts listed, but you can’t switch between them or make individual settings.

Can I Do The Same For Other Accounts?

Yes, but for very few. Facebook, Skype, Twitter, WhatsApp, and Dropbox for example only allow a single user ID per device. You can set up additional accounts for other email clients Email Apps For Android: 3 Excellent Options To Try In 2014 Email Apps For Android: 3 Excellent Options To Try In 2014 There's always someone on the Web who's claiming that email is dead, but your busy inbox tells you otherwise. Read More , and other apps may also support multiple IDs.

How Do You Manage Your Many Hats?

These days, it’s very common to have multiple identities or email accounts How to Import & Manage Multiple Email Accounts in Gmail How to Import & Manage Multiple Email Accounts in Gmail It is not uncommon to have several email accounts, but checking multiple accounts in different places is tedious. Hence, many people revert to a desktop email client like Thunderbird or Outlook to manage all their... Read More , associated with different projects or jobs. Thankfully, Google made it easy to manage all its IDs on a single device.

Do you have additional tips for readers with multiple Google accounts? How do you manage your non-Google IDs on your Android device? Please share your insights in the comments!

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  1. Zand
    January 7, 2018 at 3:34 pm

    Hi guys,
    I found this article but unfortunately I could not find the answer on my question.

    My husband and I have a gmail account which we both use. Besides that I also have a personal account. Both are signed in on the gmail app for android, for which both accounts are also logged in on Google photo's. For this app I do not want to sync my photo's to our account. But my husband would like to use this account to upload his photo's.

    So my question is.. Is it possible to turn the sync for photo's off from my phone while he will have the sync on and his photo's will be uploaded?

    • Tina Sieber
      January 21, 2018 at 2:46 am

      Have you tried to disabled Back up & sync on your phone via the Photos app?

      On your Android phone, open the Photos app, click the hamburger icon in the top left (three horizontal lines), go to Settings, and disable Back up & sync. Unfortunately, this will disable all your backups, not just photos.

  2. Edward
    July 18, 2017 at 10:50 am

    I thot this article was about managing Google accounts. That would include changing passwords, removing and deleting accounts. I have two accounts. I changed the password on one, now it seems I can never change it again, because Google Accounts will now not follow thru password change requests after inputting the current password. This is a major bug you need to answer when purporting to offer an article to manage accounts.

    • Tina Sieber
      July 18, 2017 at 8:49 pm

      Hey Edward, Thanks for your comment!

      As you found out, this article is not an all-encompassing guide to managing accounts. It does promise to explain how to manage (juggle) *multiple accounts on Android*, though and I believe I've delivered on that specific promise.

      As to your problem, I'm not sure I follow. On what device and where did you try to change your password and why/how do Google Accounts not follow through? Does it not recognize your old password?

  3. Jansen
    July 8, 2017 at 3:42 pm

    On Samsung Galaxy S6 when Contacts are selected, will display a Search with the 3 dots menu at the end. Below that is a title that tells you what account (phone, gmail, cloud) is being used as a source to display your contacts. To change the source(s), tap the 3 dots menu, and select 'Settings'. There is a 'DISPLAY' titled section, and the first selection under the title is 'Contacts to display'. Select this and the options are: "All contacts", "Phone", and any accounts you have created on your phone, such as your "Google" gmail account, a family members gmail account, "LinkedIn", "WhatsApp" etc. with a mututally exclusive selectable radio button next to each. You can select either 'All Contacts' or one of the other accounts (not mix and match).
    Now you can maintain the other accounts in sync, in order to have all the accounts current, without having them 'spill over' into your Contacts display.

    • Tina Sieber
      July 16, 2017 at 2:43 am

      Thanks for explaining how it works on the Samsung Galaxy S6, Jansen!

  4. MAK
    October 13, 2016 at 4:57 pm

    it's not giving me an option to synch my email...any help?

    • Tina Sieber
      October 16, 2016 at 10:42 am

      Which version of Android are you on? At what step is it not showing you sync options? Under your Google account?

  5. teklad
    August 31, 2016 at 3:59 pm

    Hi. can this be done with Android 6? if so, what are the steps?

    • Tina Sieber
      October 16, 2016 at 10:40 am

      The steps should be very similar. Unfortunately, I only have access to Android 4. Did you figure it out in the meantime?

      Apologies for the late response by the way. Sometimes, comment notifications slip through the cracks and/or never arrive in my inbox.

  6. Nick
    August 29, 2016 at 3:48 pm

    How will lock screen notifications work if I have 2 email accounts in the gmail app (say a gmail account and an exchange account)? Right now, with 1 account, if I get multiple emails, there will be one notification on the lock screen that says "3 new emails". If I add a second email account, will I still get 1 notification on the lock screen with the sum total of new emails from both accounts, or will I get a separate notification from each account?

    • Tina Sieber
      August 29, 2016 at 6:59 pm

      You'll get a separate notification for each account, e.g. account 1 has 3 new emails, account 2 has 5 new emails.

      I'm not sure whether it's possible to combine both. Might depend on your lock screen.

      • Nick
        August 29, 2016 at 7:47 pm

        Thanks for the update! This is actually what I had hoped for, that way if I have a work account and a personal account they won't get mixed up. I'm using stock Marshmallow.

  7. Gary
    August 24, 2016 at 2:49 pm

    Intesting write up..How does it work for contacts? I have three gmail accounts linked and sometimes one contact is synced with GMAIL 1 and other with GMAIL 2 etc..It has become quite troublesome..

    • Tina Sieber
      August 25, 2016 at 9:39 am

      Contact management is something I haven't looked into yet and I'm afraid it's a separate article, Gary. Thank you for the inspiration though!

  8. Wolfgang
    August 11, 2016 at 9:33 pm


    thanks for these helpful instructions. Maybe you can answer my question: If I add another Google account which I want to use only for e-mails via the Gmail app (hence disabling all other sync options), how will this affect the other Google apps? Will it be possible to use the old account in every app (e.g., Maps or Play Store) as default and the new one in the Gmail app as default?

    • Tina Sieber
      August 12, 2016 at 9:51 am

      You set your sync options per account. If the old account syncs data with all of these apps, you will be able to use it with them.

      From what I know, you can't really set a default app in Gmail. The account you used last will show up "first" when you open the app. You will be able to switch back and forth between accounts.

  9. Anonymous
    July 15, 2016 at 2:42 am

    Hello , I have 2 emails synced to 2 game apps clash of clans, and world of tanks blitz one of each per email. One is my phone with primary accounts, the other is my tablet with the 2nd accounts. The issue is that my tablet is broken and I can not access my 2nd accounts now. Is possible to toggle between those accounts using just my phone (Samsung Note 5)? I can check both emails on the phone. I want to be able to use the phone for both game accounts. Do I need to sync the phone back and forth to accomplish this ? When I click the shortcut/hotbutton on my phones home screen it takes me to my primary accounts. More importantly will this cause me to lose my primary account data when I do so? Oh ,and if the answers are yes you can do this and no you won't lose the primary data,then what do I need to do to accomplish it. Thank you for your time and input.

    • Tina Sieber
      July 15, 2016 at 7:00 pm

      Please check out this comment for a way to set up Clash of Clans to work with two different Google accounts.

      Yes, you can toggle between two Google accounts. I don't know what you mean with syncing back and forth. Google automatically syncs all your accounts set up as described in the article above.

      I'm also not sure what makes you think you might lose your primary account data. I'm not familiar with the shortcut or hot button. I don't think there's a scenario that will make you lose data, but since I don't really understand what you're asking, I can't answer your question for sure.

      I've set this up on a Samsung Note 2 (and a few other devices) and it's been working flawlessly. But I've not switched back and forth between any games, so if that's where you're worried about losing data, I simply don't know.

    • Nard
      July 30, 2016 at 2:14 pm

      yes you can use both accounts in one device for clash of clans.. follow this step i found on the web.

  10. Caren
    June 22, 2016 at 8:41 pm

    Hi. Thank you for the article. I have a question: I have two Gmail accounts, from which one is private, and the second one is for work and my employer has access to it. Can my employer get access to my personal files, web search history, SMS, photos etc. through that account? Is he able to perform a remote backup that way? Or does disabling syncing with the account solve problems like these?

    • Tina Sieber
      June 23, 2016 at 4:30 pm

      You mean can your employer access this information through your work Gmail account? I cannot imagine a way this would be possible.

  11. jamie
    June 15, 2016 at 8:12 pm

    I have two gmail accounts, and on my last phone, my personal (main) account was the default account showing whenever I opened the app. I just upgraded to a new phone, and have mirrored every setting I can think of to match the old phone. However, for some reason now gmail app opens to the secondary account. Any ideas on how to force it to default to showing me the other account? Thanks!

    • Tina Sieber
      June 17, 2016 at 6:57 pm

      Mine just opens to the last one I used. I'm not aware of a specific setting to set a "primary" account.

  12. Cindy
    June 13, 2016 at 3:07 am

    I have a work gmail and a private gmail. My private gmail account is added to my phone while my work gmail is not. When I need to check my work gmail, I open it on either the chrome browser or another browser on my phone, without adding another google account (not in incognito mode). My question is, will I risk leaking any private information on my phone by accessing my work gmail on my phone? Will it auto sync even though I did not add an account?

    • Tina Sieber
      June 13, 2016 at 5:03 pm

      Cindy, I'm not sure I'm following. Are you worried about private work information being leaked through your phone or personal information being leaked to your employer, through your work email account?
      Your work Gmail account won't access information on your phone. To prevent unsolicited access, log out when you're done, don't store passwords on your phone (or use a password-protected password manager), enable 2-factor authentication in Gmail (or ask your employer to do so), and also lock your phone.
      Whether any apps on your phone will access our email account, I don't know. It's unlikely, as they'd probably default to the Gmail app with your private account, but it's possible.

  13. Ruth Solar
    May 3, 2016 at 12:08 am

    Hi, I need help for my sister who has 34+ identifies and passwords on gmail, she uses a samsung tablet....she is elderly and on meds.....I use a Mac and have rouble finding things on her tablet...can someone help?

    • Kristine ParkGross
      January 20, 2018 at 8:15 pm

      Hi i think I can help here but please do a backup (and restore) to either a flash drive, Google drive or keep before trying my suggestion, this way if needed you won't loose the 34+ info but can delete all the insanity (due to her situation, im thinking she just kept setting up new accounts whenever she was asked to sign in because she couldn't remember her original email and password, right? My Mom did this when she was sick so I'm sorry for you troubles as a caregiver since I've been there.) Ok first do the back-up of current info I've recommended, then ask her which Gmail is the one she knows best & wants to keep. After you get it, write it down somewhere for her so she can use it and not set up many other accts again (*make it rememberable for her by INSISTING that it's HER SECRET INFO & she's not to give it to anyone but you of course) then put the info somewhere that she'll remember & is easy for her to get to one that she won't loose or throw away like the back page of an address book (or some other book she's got constantly) behind a photo, taped to the back of a remote control...someplace she can get it but not move it so YOU know where it is too. Then sorry to say you're either going to have to go through and delete each account individually (as Google is going to want to know "... are you sure?") before it'll delete any account or (this might be the quickest and easiest way) do a factory reset and restore then sit down with her and creat a whole new Gmail account and identity. You can always call Google support and they can probably do it from their end quicker and in bulk if you explain that you're her caregiver, legal "guardian" and the executor in control of her actions due to the medical condition (I'm assuming you are so I do hope im right, lol) that's going to entail security issues galore but you could always just pretend to be her(**I so did NOT suggest that to anyone reading this, lol). I personally saved all my Mom's info to a flash drive before doing a factory reset on her phone. This was accessable via PC, it not only got rid of the many email accounts she had but also anything she might have changed in the settings (or God forbid gave to any websites she was on... it'll delete those and reset the phone clearing up and out any changes, links, or malicious Invaders she unknowingly allowed in. Plus, I was sure i had access to it in case she managed to somehow get into the drive/keep file and change the security settings blocking me from accessing the info for future use. Unfortunately it's ALOT easier to add email addresses to Gmail then it is to remove them and I know it's for your own security but you'd think one of the biggest technology platforms out yhere today would've noticed 34 email address on one device (since they monitor everything else right down to the last time you put gas in your car, lol.) Good luck, many blessings and stay strong in your mind. Remember... even the caregiver needs a little care every now and then so take care of you or you won't be helping anyone else very much. *As with Dr's I recommend a second opinion before doing anything so I'd search for one. Hope it helps KPG

      • Tina Sieber
        January 21, 2018 at 3:11 am

        Thank you for helping out, Kristine!

  14. Jacey
    April 26, 2016 at 4:08 am

    Hi. I play a game called Clash of Kings. I have 2 gaming accounts on my phone and one personal account. My problem is, no matter what I do, when the game loads it always boots up to account A even though it says account be is signed on. I have to be missing a very easy step. If anyone can help me I would greatly appreciate it...

    • diggles
      July 8, 2016 at 10:47 am

      Go to: -Settings -Apps -Clash of Kings -Clear Data -OK
      Then open Clash of Kings.
      Soon after it starts, you will then be given the option to sign-in to a google play account from within the game. Select "Account B".

      • Tina Sieber
        July 8, 2016 at 5:33 pm

        Thank you for offering a solution, diggles! Folks like you finding a "random" comment online and helping out are awesome!

  15. Simone Peter
    March 15, 2016 at 1:04 pm

    I've just added 3 of my 4 gmail accounts (2 personal, 2 work) to my new android phone. Gmail uses round icon to identify each of the accounts, but they've all turned out the same colour, so is very hard to know which is which as I toggle between them. Is there any way the icon colour can be changed? thanks

    • Tina Sieber
      March 17, 2016 at 12:36 pm

      Have you tried adding a profile picture to these accounts? Instead of a photo, you can add an image file with a solid color of your preference.

      I can't think of another solution right now, but do let us know in case you discover one!

  16. Toni
    January 19, 2016 at 6:00 am

    I am in the process of setting up a home business and wish to set up a separate business email account with low set up costs. I currently have a personal Hotmail and Gmail accounts but wish to create a secondary Gmail account for my business. I do not have a registered domain name. I tried numerous ways to set up a secondary gmail account without success it would initially accept the new gmail address but when it would ask to activate the account, it would not allow me to login to the account to do this. It would come up with a message advising that the account address is unknown. So I would again go through the process and it would then advise that the username is already taken, so I just keep on going around in circles. I then went into Google Apps for business in which it would ask me to register my domain name for a fee of $13 per year. However, the domain name would be registered under the two option provided Enom and Go Daddy. Neither in which I am familiar with. Can you please offer some assistance. My first preference would be setting up a secondary gmail account and if not is google apps for business a reliable avenue in registering my business name in order to obtain a professional separate business email account and if so which provider is the better option.

  17. Erin
    January 13, 2016 at 6:00 am

    I have 2 Gmail accounts set up, have for years and I've been able to sync the contacts from one account and not the other without issue. I recently switched to a new phone and contacts from both accounts appear now. I went to settings and turned sync off for the account in question but the contacts still are visible... Help

  18. Cle
    January 11, 2016 at 7:23 pm

    Someone added her account on my phone to upload a file to her youtube, but later on I realized Google Drive had auto sync'd data. Does anybody know if that means her account pulled all my phone files? My original Google Drive account wasn't set to sync up all my files, just specific folders, so I don't if that matters.
    In short, the question is, will she see my files just because she signed into my phone as a secondary account?

  19. Michael Seitzinger
    November 19, 2015 at 9:54 pm

    I changed jobs and I want to delete the google account from my phone. I no longer work at Chicago Public Schools and I want to delete this account. I keep getting a message on my phone that service change is needed.

  20. Anonymous
    September 2, 2015 at 1:35 am

    My 14-year-old son wants to add my (Dad's) gmail account to Mom's phone so that he can use her phone to switch back and forth between different villages of Clash of Clans (which game allows only one village per Google account).

    We'd like to know if doing so would switch my wife's Gmail app over to my (Dad's) gmail account, every time our son used Mom's phone to log into my Google account. Is that clear? :)

    In other words, does Android support multiple apps running multiple Google accounts simultaneously, or when you log into one account, does that force all apps to use that account, until you logout and log into another account?

    Clear as mud?

    • Tina Sieber
      September 2, 2015 at 3:43 am

      Hi Bob,

      Many apps that offer Google login also support account switching, meaning you can access different versions of the app (e.g. different Gmail accounts), by switching between Google accounts.

      What you cannot do this way is to install the app twice. The app itself has to support account switching internally.

      I'm not familiar with this particular game and can't give you a definite answer how to circumvent this limitation. If it doesn't support account switching as described above, maybe your son could log out and back in. Simultaneous use of two accounts in parallel sounds unlikely though.

    • Mihir Patkar
      September 2, 2015 at 7:18 am

      As far as I know, you can't use multiple Google accounts at the core level simultaneously. That said, I've seen games offer me the option of choosing which Google account I want to add achievements to. I'm not sure if Clash of the Clans has that option or not. I'd suggest checking that first, maybe make a dummy Gmail account just to play it safe?

      • Anonymous
        September 4, 2015 at 1:14 pm

        Thank you Tina Sieber and Mihir Patkar for taking the time and for your thoughtful replies. We've decided not to try this! :)

        - Bob Enyart
        Real Science Radio
        Denver, Colorado

  21. Anil
    May 12, 2015 at 10:46 am

    nice article it possible to open image of the gallery of android phone in pc by using same gmail account...???

  22. bill
    May 4, 2015 at 6:52 pm

    For some strange reason everyone I create a new Google account it links it to my main. Any help on this would be much appreciated

  23. Anu
    April 30, 2015 at 8:47 pm

    I want my photos to be backed up only to one of my gmail accounts and not both Google photos.
    How do I do this?
    Please let me know.

  24. Amir
    April 18, 2015 at 12:14 pm

    I have two accounts. How can I tell which application is installed from which account?

    Is there anyway to get a list of applications specific to one of the acciunts and maybe even specific to a certain device?



    • Tina
      April 18, 2015 at 1:27 pm


      When you go to My apps in the Play Store, apps will be shown based on the account you selected. If you added multiple accounts to your device, you can switch between them

      You'll see all applications you ever installed using that account, but it won't show you where (else) you installed each app. Those currently installed on the present device will of course be identified as "installed".

      Hope this helps.

  25. Anonymous
    March 29, 2015 at 6:33 pm

    Yes thank you

  26. Anonymous
    March 29, 2015 at 5:48 pm

    I have three separate gmail accounts with their own passwords, if some super tech guy hacks into one of the accts will they automatically have access to the other accts? Synced or not? Would that make a difference

    • Tina
      March 29, 2015 at 6:07 pm

      It depends on what is getting hacked. If your Android gets stolen and hacked, they'd have access to all accounts set up on it. If only the Gmail account gets hacked, they would not have access to the other accounts, but obviously to any information you synced to these accounts. Does that answer your question?

  27. jesse
    March 23, 2015 at 1:12 am

    I have 3 different gmail account. One is personal one is business and the other is for a project. The project account I have around 200 contacts that I email but do not want to sync them to my note4 contacts because I will not be calling these people. or want them flooding my phone book how can I add the names to emails other than doing it from a computer?

  28. Jack
    March 21, 2015 at 6:27 pm

    I'm running 4.4.2 and dont see any options to remove an account at the bottom of the Google account Sync options. Is there any way to delete one of the two accounts w/o a factory reset?

  29. Alison
    March 5, 2015 at 10:19 pm

    how to remove a gmail account? my daughter's new phone has my emails showing as well as her own and want to remove access.

    • Tina
      March 6, 2015 at 11:53 am

      Alison, you should see both accounts set up on your Android under > Settings > Accounts, as described above. From here you can remove one account. This will also affect the Gmail app, removing the respective inbox and emails.

  30. Julie
    February 23, 2015 at 9:35 pm

    I have two gmail accounts on two different android phones but can't get them to both sync. One will sync and the other will get an error. Or vice versa. Same issue logging in on a desktop computer.

    Not sure what is going on and would appreciate any assistance. Thanks!

    • Tina
      March 6, 2015 at 11:54 am

      Julie, hard to give you advice without more details. I'd recommend you to ask a question on MakeUseOf Answers and provide as many details as possible. Thank you!

  31. Danielle
    February 17, 2015 at 6:49 pm

    I have 4 gmail accounts, and have successfully added all of them to my android phone (switching from an iPhone).
    I was able to turn off the unread count for individual accounts in the gmail app for iPhone; one of my accounts is for newsletters and has over 7,000 unread emails (I keep the other three accounts with unread count under 5). Is it possible to turn off the unread count for one specific account?

    • Tina Sieber
      February 18, 2015 at 7:20 pm

      You can turn off Label notifications, but that's probably not what you're looking for. It will simply turn off all notifications for that account, but you'll still see the number of unread emails in the list.

      Please let us know in case you ever come a cross a way of doing this. Thank you!

  32. Umberto Amato
    February 15, 2015 at 7:06 pm

    I successfully setup 3 accounts on the mobile Gmail app (Android). However I would like that the merged (input) messages of all the accounts are shown instead of the selected account. Is this possible? Thank you

  33. Geoff
    January 22, 2015 at 11:28 pm

    I have two accounts and move from one to the other easily. My question is how do I set up my preferred gmail account as the default?
    My work one comes up first and I would like to change that.
    Thanks for the many useful tips.

    • Tina
      January 23, 2015 at 6:33 pm

      It's either alphabetical or in the order that you added them. Couldn't figure out how to change it I'm afraid. Will come back and let you know if I find a way and I hope you'll do the same. Thanks! :)

    • Tarik
      January 27, 2015 at 9:05 pm

      It stays in the order you added them, so single way I am aware of is removing your accounts and readding in priority order.

  34. Dawn
    January 22, 2015 at 3:03 pm

    Here's one I can't seem to solve - I have 3 accts: personal, family, work. How do I make sure some events show up on every calendar, but some don't? I tried inviting myself to an event, but now it shows up twice in the Calendar. Basically I want the work folks to see that I'm busy during a certain time, and only show the details to myself and the family. Make sense?

  35. Don
    January 20, 2015 at 3:13 pm

    I have 2 phones and a table. A personal phone and work one. Two different Google accounts, can I put apps on both with out buying them twice?

    • Tina
      January 20, 2015 at 3:30 pm

      Good question, Don.

      Technically yes because all apps you ever installed are listed under your account, along with purchase information. As soon as you have one account set up on both phones, you can access that list and pick apps not yet installed on the respective phone, including apps you bought.

      Practically, it depends on the app license; if it only allows installation on one (mobile) device, it may prevent you from using or installing it on a second one. I haven't had this issue, yet and can't think of an example where this might apply.

  36. sara32
    January 11, 2015 at 6:35 pm

    I have one gmail account, that is logged into several devices. Does the history from all different devices show up on all of the devices?

    • Tina
      January 11, 2015 at 9:30 pm

      How are you logging into Gmail, Sara?

      If you log in via the web interface or apps from Google, you basically log into the same account on every device. Same thing if you use IMAP on a third party email client. Everything is synced.

  37. Dugal
    January 8, 2015 at 3:53 pm

    Hi, i can't add an academic account (managed by google) in android lollipop. any suggestions?

    Thanks in advance

    • Tina
      January 8, 2015 at 6:39 pm

      What's the issue?

      Did you try to log in using the full email address as login name?

  38. Anonymous
    December 20, 2014 at 2:24 am

    How do you create device users on 4.4.2?

    • Yvonne
      December 20, 2014 at 8:37 pm

      I have an iPhone 5S and numerous Gmail accounts. I would like to use just one password to access all accounts. Is there a way I can do this? I can't seem to find any info on it. I have one Gmail account address that I use for all email.

    • Tina
      December 21, 2014 at 3:33 pm

      @Anonymous: Doesn't this work the way it used to on Android 4.2? Two People, One Android Tablet: What Are Your Options?

      @Yvonne: Can't help you with your iPhone. I recommend asking a question on MakeUseOf Answers

  39. Martin
    December 12, 2014 at 1:01 pm

    Spent a while looking for a coherent explanation for how to do this and you've done it. Thanks very helpful!

  40. john
    December 11, 2014 at 8:28 pm

    How can i delete one of the secondary google accts that i have set up? Dont want to use it anymore.

    • kristen
      January 28, 2015 at 10:53 am

      I would also like to know this .

  41. ken
    December 7, 2014 at 12:42 pm

    i have a samsuang g4 phone with sprint. i am considering using another gmail account on this phone because a problem exists when i try and use the phone's camera. i take a picture and then a message comes up saying android. process. download media.
    when i look at the gallery it take a long time to view the pictures. this is the second phone that i am having the same problem with. i believe that if i change my gmail account for the phone i won't have this problem. i also think the mini sd card could be the problem. help

    • Tina
      December 8, 2014 at 11:17 am


      I have the same issue and I haven't come around to solving it, yet. It may be related to available space on your phone or -- if your gallery contains online pictures (Dropbox) -- to slow Internet. I doubt it's got to do with your Gmail account. That's just speculation, though.

      I would recommend you to ask this question on MakeUseOf Answers. Be sure to include as many details as possible.

  42. Mike P.
    December 6, 2014 at 12:49 pm

    Thank you for the info! My school uses gmail for .edu emails and just picked up a Note 4. Was hoping I could juggle both Google accounts.

  43. kushall
    December 4, 2014 at 11:46 am


    which wordpress theme or plugin do you use so as you can add comment directly by clicking reply, instad it goes to a different page.


    • Tina
      December 6, 2014 at 6:58 pm

      You should be able to reply directly by clicking the Reply button. What page are you taken to?

  44. Kirby
    December 3, 2014 at 1:09 pm

    With my multiple gmail accounts, they all have the same icon (genderless head and shoulders) when switching accounts. How do I change the icon to something meaningful to me?

    • Tina
      December 3, 2014 at 8:51 pm

      Kirby, you need to change your Google profile image. Couldn't find how to do it directly on Android, but if you go to your Google account, you have the option to edit your profile, including your profile picture. Hope this helps.

    • Joshua
      December 10, 2014 at 2:25 pm

      Any idea how to change the icons for non-gmail accounts, Office365 or corporate acccounts (IMAP, Exchange)?

  45. Mandy
    November 20, 2014 at 12:54 am

    Thank you for the clear steps in adding new accounts. It helped me through in the first step itself. Cheers~

  46. Kerrie Anne Christian
    November 17, 2014 at 8:33 pm

    I've been managing multiple gmail accounts on my android devices for about 2 years or so now - really helped me when I had a personal account and organizational accounts to monitor.

  47. sam
    November 14, 2014 at 4:07 am

    Add multiple accounts directly to Gmail app in Android

  48. adharsh
    November 13, 2014 at 5:55 am

    Tina I got it now. Anyway thanks!

  49. adharsh
    November 13, 2014 at 5:48 am

    Tina I've corporate email account that too it's from gmail. Problem what i found when i add account in android gmail app if i add other email accounts. it is displaying as could not find details. what is the solution.

    • Tina
      November 13, 2014 at 10:05 pm

      Glad you figured it out yourself. Mind to share how? Thank you!

    • adharsh
      November 14, 2014 at 5:43 am

      In gmail application you just need to add account it will ask you to enter user name and password. It will search automatically domain and It gets successfully logged on. It's very simple.

  50. Greg
    November 8, 2014 at 8:27 am

    This also works for the Google Apps Administrator app. Allowing admin of multiple Google Apps domians.

  51. Tsr
    November 6, 2014 at 3:42 pm

    Can you have both accounts show for Gmail but not hangouts (or any other app you choose, for that matter)?

    • Tina
      November 6, 2014 at 8:51 pm

      Yes, you can do that by only selecting Gmail and none of the other Google apps under Sync Settings.

  52. Larry
    November 6, 2014 at 10:17 am

    How about Google Drive on a PC? Can I sync two accounts?

    • Tina
      November 6, 2014 at 12:35 pm

      Not sure I understand. Do you want to combine two Google Drive accounts on your Windows computer? Or online?

      This article is about accessing different Google accounts on Android. I think what you're asking is a completely different story.

  53. Bukzin
    November 6, 2014 at 5:15 am

    How about those of us on Windows 7?

    Any help there?