Gmail Sign In and using Multiple Accounts in same Browser

Gmail is now one of the most popular web email service from Google with millions of users. Google has been adding more and more features and also Gmail is getting more and more popular as one of the better webmail provider and it uses the Google accounts login. To sign in or login to Gmail, you can visit their login page, but if you own multiple Google Accounts, then when you switch between Google Services, you need to login and log out.



Update for this article: 

To sign in or login to Gmail, you can visit, http://mail.google.com.

There is a newer method by Google to Sign into multiple accounts and this feature is called Multiple Sign In. Multiple Sign in as the name suggests, Google allows users to sign into multiple accounts at the same time from a single browser and you can easily switch between the accounts without having to log out and login back.

Tip: Secure your Google account – Advanced sign-in security:

If you want more security for your account, you can enable two step verification for your Gmail account. Once you have set two step verification, you will need to enter a code which you receive in your mobile phone along with your regular password. More details on two step verifcation and how to configure it can be found here. It is recommended that you enable the security feature for your account.
To enable multiple sign in, open Google service like Gmail, login and then click on the account picture on the top right corner of the browser. From there you can an option to add a new account (see image below).

add a new account

In the next step, you can see option to Sign in to second account. Once you have logged in to second account, you can see the new account listed under the account settings. Similarly, you can add multiple accounts using the same process. When you want to switch account, simply select the account from the list (see image below).

Multiple accounts

Here is a video of the process;

The advantage of using this feature is that if you have enabled multiple sign in, then you can bookmark the URLs of each of the accounts and quickly log in to your added Gmail accounts easily. Another important feature of multiple sign in is that Google apps accounts are also supported, this means, you can sign into your domain email account and your regular email account in one browser.

This is pretty useful feature if you have multiple Google accounts. Multiple Sign in is supported on the following Google services.

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

If you choose to sign out of any account while using multiple sign-in, you will be signed out of all your accounts. To resume using multiple sign-in, you need to repeat the step above once again.

—– Outdated method (please use the one mentioned above)—- 

With a simple Greasemonkey script you can easily switch Google accounts, without having to login and logout each time. Once you have installed the Greasemonkey add-on for Firefox, install the user script.

Switch accounts

Next time when you login to Gmail or any Google account, you can see a drop down on the extreme right where you can add new accounts. When you want to switch account, select the account from the drop down list and this script will automatically switch accounts without having to login and log out.

Script has been tested and works in:

  • GMail
  • Google Apps
  • Google search pages
  • iGoogle
  • Picasa Web Albums
  • Google Docs and Spreadsheets
  • Google Reader
  • Google Calendar
  • Google Bookmarks
  • Google History
  • Google Notebook
  • Google Webmaster Tools

Install User Script (please use the method mentioned in the first section)