If you’re like me, you have multiple Google accounts 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.
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:
- Go to any Google site sign-in page in a non-incognito window.
- Log out of all your Google accounts. Select your profile picture on the top-right and then click Sign out from the menu.
- Go to gmail.com 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.
- After you have signed in to your default account, you can sign in to any other Google account and switch between them.
- 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?