Google knows that many of its users have multiple accounts on their service. Because of this they have incorporated a new setting that if enabled, will allow you to sign into all your accounts simultaneously. Although they are still working out a few kinds, it’s pretty much all there (99%) and for sure is a VERY groovy feature.
Earlier this week we took a look at a groovy Firefox extension called Multifox that allowed you to sign-in to any website with as many different user accounts as you want. While that does work for Gmail, there is another method that doesn’t involve any extensions at all! All you need to do is change a setting in your Google Account.
Before we get started, I need to warn you that this setting is considered “advanced” and it still has a few kinks and bugs that need to be worked out. In other words, proceed at your own risk.
How To Enable Multiple Google Account Sign-in
Step 1 – Sign-in To Your Primary Google Account Management
Visit https://www.google.com/accounts/b/0/ManageAccount and sign-in to the account that you use the most. Again, it’s very important that you sign-in to your primary preferred Google Account because this will become the default account once you enable the new feature.
Step 2 – Edit the Multiple Sign-in setting
From your Google Accounts page Click the Edit link next to Multiple sign-in. It will be under the Personal Settings pane.
Step 3 – Read the “side effects” warning labels and enable
Remember those kinks and bugs I spoke about at the beginning of this guide? Here they are. Read carefully. Google does a great job here letting you know ahead of time that the multiple sign-in feature may not be for everyone.
Click On and then Check every box in the yellow area. After that Click Save to finish.
Step 4 – Sign in another account
It can be a little tricky to figure out how to sign into another account, but remember that it is only supported by 5 of Google’s products.
Visit one of your following Google services:
On one of those pages you will see a blue down arrow appear next to your email address at the top of the window. Click the blue down arrow and Select Sign in to another account…
Step 5 – Switch Between Accounts
Once you’ve logged in more than one account you can switch between them using the same blue down arrow we Clicked in Step 4. Notice that your default account is the first one you set up the feature on.
Now you can quickly switch between your Google Accounts. Personally I prefer to use Multifox, but if you’re on Chrome or IE this makes for a groovy alternative.