If you have to jump from one Google account to another, you know that it can be a hassle to do it in a single browser because the account IDs are shared between tabs. Here’s an easy way to do it in Chrome using sandboxed browser tabs assigned to different users. It’s built in to the browser and super easy. This isn’t something new, and I’ve told you about it before, but I wanted to do this video as a reminder for anyone having problems with multiple accounts.
Login to Multiple Google Accounts Simultaneously
Nick Marshall says
What your video does not show is the warning that comes up after signing into the second account:
“You are signing in with a managed account and giving it administrator control over your Google Chrome profile. Your Chrome data, such as your apps, bookmarks, history, passwords, and other settings will become permanently tied to the second account . You will be able to delete this data via the Google Accounts Dashboard, but you will not be able to associate this data with another account.”
I don’t want all the apps etc of the first account permanently tied to the second account so I am still stuck with opening one account at a time.
Damien Lane says
Great tip thanks Cali…
It’s funny, no matter how much ‘you think’ you know about some things there is generally more to know. In this case, a high level tip, though, still, first I’ve seen it.
1st time I’ve found myself @ geekbeat.tv as well actually. I must ‘search’ ( ;~) ) your database for more tips of interest.
Cali Lewis says
Hehe! Well, welcome to the Geek Beat family! You can hang out in the chatroom and say hi to other members at http://geekbeat.wpengine.com/live if you’re so inclined. 🙂
Jaana Nyström says
One can create multiple user accounts for Chrome if sharing a computer:
Personally I do like the possibility to sign into multiple accounts at once: Personal gmail + Google Apps account + GPlus Page accounts + client accounts all behind the avatar drop down on every Google product page.
More tutorials from Cali please! She might be crazy, but she’s sexy cool too! lol
Great advice, thanks! Have been using the annoying account switcher, but will definitely use this method now.
Ta very mooch, from England.
It was kinda confusing.
Great tip. I’ve been using this the last while as I have a Google Play account on another gmail address. So I open that account and listen to tunes, check emails while continuing to work on my main account browser.
Thanks for sharing, Cali.
Wow this is a lot easier that the account settings in Google itself. Does it also transfer to other computers? Oh don’t matter, i’ll try it out. Really handy for google app accounts of different company’s!
I’ve long used this tip, just wish that it can be done on android phones too. Tablets allow for multiple users, but a pain to get data between users.
Mark Emery says
I’ve been using this for a while now, don’t know what I’d do without it, having many different profiles. I’d really like it if this was possible PER TAB, so I can easily switch between things not have to switch from one instance of Chrome to another.
Cali, this is really helpful because I have been having this problem.
Quick Qn, How do I make other account to just open in a new tab and not just jump straight to a New Window?
Cali Lewis says
Unfortunately it won’t work in different tabs. You CAN do what they call “Switch account” for different tabs, but you won’t be able to work within different accounts simultaneously.
If you are on dev-channel, then they will change it a littlebit in near future…
Thank you! I have been using the “switch user” feature as well, but as you mention on the other comment is not as useful, especially when I’m working with Google drive. For some reason it doesn’t support access via switching users which means that I need to log off from one account to be able to access the Gdocs on the other account.
But with this tip it works like a charm. Thanks again!
James Wernicke says
It’s amazing how that setting was always staring me in the face and I never thought about it. This has helped me immensely for accessing Google services like Drive and Google+ from different accounts without having to completely log out. Thanks!
How does this differ from the “Add account” option that is on a drop down from your profile picture on google webpages (such as Google Play)? Is there any benefit one way or the other?
Cali Lewis says
That “Add Account” option is great and all, but when you “Switch Accounts”, it literally switches accounts, so all the tabs you have open are no longer active. So you can’t switch between two tabs or windows in this scenario – it’ll require that you keep switching. And that’s just annoying! 🙂
I’m with you Cali. I love this feature. To bad Google broke something in their last chrome update. The sandbox feature isn’t working any longer. For example right now I am logged into my work chrome account. I went to G+ your video, and it opens up G+ in my personal Google account. Worse is that won’t let me change it to the correct G+ account.
Also, if I open up any more than the start up page in chrome, and then try and switch to another user, Chrome crashes.
I am almost as bad as. I have 4 Google accounts, that I use daily!
Cali Lewis says
Hmm… I don’t know why that’s happening. I just recorded this video yesterday and it’s working fine. What computer setup do you have?
Bruce Reinhard says
Cool, I’ll give it a try. No you’re not crazy, this is a very useful & convenient tool, I like it!!! “B”
Cali you can do a video on how to watch paint dry! Eh, you are not crazy that’s for sure!!
Tim Arnold says
This is a great feature. I can deal with my personal account, and the account for the animal rescue at the same time, I love it…Thank you