More Than One Google Account? How to Set a Default Sign-In
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If you’re like me, you have multiple Google accounts How to Link Multiple Gmail Accounts Together in 4 Easy Steps How to Link Multiple Gmail Accounts Together in 4 Easy Steps It's safe to assume that you have multiple Gmail accounts. Did you know that you can easily link them together so you can receive and send email from one master Gmail account? Read More for things like email and calendars.

Unfortunately, multiple Google accounts come with a problem: multiple sign-ins on desktop and mobile devices. Which one is the default account? And if it’s not the one you want, how can you change the default Google sign-in to the one you want?

Believe it or not, Google has a simple solution.

How to Set Your Default Google Account

Multiple sign-ins used to be a mess, but now it’s more seamless than ever before. This feature allows you to view the content of your other accounts while logged in to one. But you can’t use some of the Google tools from two accounts at one time (e.g. Google Drive).

Google defaults to the first account you logged in with. This is the rule you will see in action every time. The Google menu at the top-right also suggests the default account when you use multiple sign-ins.

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This is what Google says:

“In many cases, your default account is the one you signed in with first. On mobile devices, your default account can vary depending on your device’s operating system and the apps you use.”

So, the solution to setting a default account:

  1. Go to any Google site sign-in page in a non-incognito window.
  2. Log out of all your Google accounts. Select your profile picture on the top-right and then click Sign out from the menu.
  3. Go to and sign in with the account you want to set as the default account. Remember, the first account you log in to becomes the default always.
  4. After you have signed in to your default account, you can sign in to any other Google account and switch between them.
  5. Again, select your profile image from the top-right. On the menu, choose Add account. Use your credentials to sign in to the account you want to use.

It can be important because many of us have multiple Gmail accounts separated as work and personal. Remembering the right account can save you time and energy. For instance, one of your accounts might have a different language setting than the others. Or you might be using Google Apps on a work account and regular Gmail for personal stuff.

Do you think multiple account sign-in is smooth for Google services? Do you face a specific problem you would like to tell us about in the comments?

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  1. aamir
    December 13, 2018 at 3:52 am

    i have one annoying issue with multiple account. before google chrome latest update i was able sync my google chrome with official account and than i used my personal gmail account as default gmail account. but now when ever i am doing this in google chrome i have to logged in every time i close chrome. previously it was not like this. because my all google search history is stored in my personal gmail account. and because of these issue i have to put password every time when i logged in.

    don't have any solution please help !!!

    let me tell my problem in short way.

    i want to sync my chrome data with my official gmail account also i want to use my personal google account as my default account and also i don't want to do logged in every time when i am closing google chrome. (Because when ever i close google chrome and reopen it, my default account is changed automatically from personal to official)

  2. Vikram
    November 30, 2018 at 12:00 am

    Hi. So I have a student account and a personal account. I use the personal account everywhere except on google classroom. On my old windows computer, it would automatically use my student account on the google classroom website, but on my macbook pro, I have to switch accounts everytime I want to go on google classroom. Does anyone know how to make my student account the default on google classroom? Thanks in advance!

  3. Travers Kris Eira
    November 27, 2018 at 9:49 pm

    even if i log in to my prefrred account first, the moment i open a different account it takes over and becomes my default arrrrgh then i can't access the extra features i need eg my google calendar that is linked to the first account

  4. Carlton Hood
    October 10, 2018 at 9:29 am

    i have two google accounts: one work, one personal. The default (work account) works perfectly for mail, but when I open calendar or drive it opens on the personal account even though it recognises the work account as default. Has anyone else had this discrepancy between the different services, and does anyone know how to fis it?

  5. Sandra Mathis
    August 21, 2018 at 3:24 pm

    I have the former user of my computer whose account defaults on google sign in. He has deleted his google account, but I still have to erase his sign in and password and input my information. His is the default account. Help?

    • Clip
      September 7, 2018 at 10:31 pm

      You need to go to your browser settings and delete the autofills.

  6. Aimee Arnold
    August 3, 2018 at 4:43 pm

    Bless you for this easy fix to an annoying issue!

  7. Marnie
    July 31, 2018 at 8:29 pm

    I tried multiple times but could not make this work. It ALWAYS makes the second account I sign into my default account. It is one I added recently for my business, but I would like my personal account, which I have had for years, to be the default. I sign in with my personal account, then sign in with my business account, but the business account invariably shows as the default account. Ideas?

  8. Matt Hooks
    July 14, 2018 at 8:15 am

    I'm a "local guide" on Google maps, but sometimes, at random, my reviews are allocated to one of my other accounts. I know it doesn't really matter, but it's just frustrating. I could have reached the next level ages ago if it didn't randomly allocate things to the wrong account. Any idea how I can force it to allocate to the right account?

  9. Mark
    July 5, 2018 at 6:06 am

    On Chrome, there is an option to switch default with the press of a few buttons. On Safari, this is seemingly impossible with an iPhone. I despise using mobile Chrome because you cannot use AdBlocker or any other useful apps. I have to wait three more months before I can get a get a better phone. Is there a way to do this quick switch without having to bother with Chrome?

    This somewhat off topic. Apple and Google are evil corporations at this point. Apple even makes their phones only compatible with their purposefully flimsy chargers. The cords break easily so we’ll have to buy more, and therefore they’ll make more money. At least they could be a COOL evil corporation like Weyland-Yutani. Making ntentionally crappy products is just pathetic and wormlike.

    • Joe Drome
      July 30, 2018 at 5:21 pm

      When you said "On Chrome, there is an option to switch default with the press of a few buttons", were you talking about the method described in the article, or do you have a shorter way of doping it? What are the steps you use?

  10. Severin
    July 2, 2018 at 4:11 pm

    This helped! Thanks!

  11. Sally
    May 9, 2018 at 2:39 pm

    Thank you for this valuable instruction that worked perfectly .

  12. Sandra
    April 15, 2018 at 11:32 pm

    Actually, I can use Google Drive from 2 or more accounts at the same time. That's been for a while and before this article was published. It used to be like you say: only able to open Google Drive with one account at a time, and before then Gmail was behaving like that (but got fixed before Drive).
    I can use Gmail, Drive, YouTube, Photos, Calendar with more accounts at the same time.
    However, when my partner tried to access Google Drive with his 2 Google accounts, he was asked to choose wither one or the other.
    I'm not sure why, but I think that after a while Google "learned" that it's me repeating all these activities simultaneously at the same time and so it memorised my habitual behaviour.
    I might be wrong, but I cannot find another explanation.
    Your article is quite recent, less than 6 months old, and I am sure I've multitasking with the apps long before this date.

  13. Janice Hoxworth
    November 25, 2017 at 8:10 pm

    My gmail account shows up on my partners g mail how can i fix that

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    November 24, 2017 at 9:44 am

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