How to Enable Multiple Sign-In for Google

Posted by Mayank on September 11, 2011 in Google

If you use multiple Google products like Google+, GMail, Docs etc, then you’re likely to have multiple accounts. Since most of the Google products are browser based, it is a big pain to sign-in for one and then sign-out and sign-in for other. If you feel the same pain, you might well consider enabling multiple sign-in for Google products. It will allow you to sign in to more than one account using the same browser session. You can sign in to ten accounts at a time.

As of now, multiple sign-in works for the following Google products :

  • Alerts
  • Calendar
  • Code
  • Docs (Google Apps accounts only)
  • Finance
  • Gmail
  • Google+
  • Google Moderator
  • Groups
  • iGoogle
  • Maps
  • News
  • Profiles
  • Reader
  • Sites
  • Voice
  • Web Search

When you start using multiple sign-in for Google, 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.

How to enable multiple sign-in:

Before you proceed to enable multiple sign-in Google, read this warning:

Enabling multiple sign-in will disable Offline products like Offline Gmail and Offline Calendar, as well as any browser bookmarks you’ve set to link to your accounts. If you use Offline Gmail, make sure to sync your offline mail before enabling multiple sign-in so you don’t lose any messages in your outbox. If you would like to continue using Offline Gmail, Offline Calendar, and browser bookmarks linked to your accounts, do not enable the multiple sign-in option. If you have already enabled multiple sign-in, you may disable it.

Enabling multiple sign-in is very easy. Just go to this page and click the “On” option and check the further check boxes which show up and hit Save. Note that you may need to sign out of all Google accounts for this setting to take effect. I would suggest restarting the browser to be sure.

enable multiple sign-in google

Once multiple sign-in is enabled, you can verify it by the presence of additional accounts by clicking on your name or email address at the top of the page.

Multiple Google Accounts

After having enabled multiple sign-in for one of your Google accounts, follow the steps below to enable multiple sign-in for additional accounts you would like to sign in to:

  1. Sign in to a product that supports multiple sign-in, using an account that has multiple sign-in enabled.
  2. Click your name or email address at the top of the page.
  3. Select Switch account from the drop-down menu.
  4. Select Sign in to another account from the drop-down menu.
  5. On the page that opens, enter the email address and password for another account you wish to access, and click Sign in.


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