Many people today keep multiple email accounts in order to separate and organize their online communications. A person may have one email address for business and one for personal activities, for example. Managing multiple email accounts can be a burden, however: Typically a user has to sign in, read the email in that inbox, sign out, and then repeat the process for each additional account.
However, Google recently introduced a feature to simplify the process for users of its Gmail service. With multiple sign-in enabled, users can select their different accounts from a single menu, eliminating the need to sign in and out of each one individially or to log in with different browsers. Here’s how to enable the feature.
1. Go to the Google multiple sign-in setup page. If you are not already logged in to a Google account in your browser, the site will prompt you to enter credentials for one of your accounts.
2. Select On - Use multiple Google Accounts in the same web browser and check each checkbox to acknowledge that you understand the effects of using the feature and that not all Google products support account switching.
3. Click Save to retain the changes for your account.
Now that you've enabled multiple sign-in, you'll have to add each extra account to Google's list.
1. Go to Gmail and log in with the same account you used above, and then click your name in the top-right corner of the page to bring up account options. Select Switch account from the menu that appears.
2. Select Sign in to another account. This action will open a new login page.
3. Enter the credentials of the next Google account, and click Sign in. Just repeat these three steps for each account you would like to add.
Once you've added your accounts, switching between them in Gmail is easy.
1. Click your name in the top-right corner of the page to bring up account options.
2. Select Switch account from the menu that appears.
3. Select the account you wish to check, and Gmail will automatically switch to that account and display your inbox.