How to Access Multiple Accounts in Gmail for iOS

The Gmail app makes account-switching simple

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The Gmail app is convenient to have on your iPhone and iPad. It supplies notifications, lets you attach photos to your emails, and sends and receives mail. It does all that for one Gmail account. If you use more than one Gmail account, you can set up the app to work with additional Gmail addresses.

To switch accounts, you don't need log out of one account and into another account laboriously with username and password. After you add the accounts one time, Gmail for iOS lets you toggle between Gmail accounts easily.

Access Multiple Accounts in Gmail for iOS

To switch between Gmail accounts that you have already entered in the Gmail app on iOS devices:

  1. Tap the Gmail app icon on your iPhone or iPad. It opens on the Primary inbox.
  2. Press the Menu icon in the top left corner of the screen. It resembles three horizontal lines.
  3. Tap your photo or username at the top of the panel that opens.
  4. Select the desired Gmail account from the list of accounts.

While you can only see and search the messages of one account at a time, the Gmail app badge totals the new messages in all configured accounts.

Add Additional Gmail Accounts to Gmail for iOS

To set up additional Gmail accounts in the Gmail app for iPhone and iPad:

  1. Tap the Gmail app icon on your iPhone or iPad. It opens on the Primary inbox.
  2. Press the Menu icon in the top left corner of the screen. It resembles three horizontal lines.
  3. Tap your photo or username at the top of the panel that opens.
  4. Select Manage accounts.
  5. Tap Add account.
  6. Choose the Gmail icon.
  7. Type the full email address for the Gmail account you want to add under Email address.
  8. Enter the account password under Password.
  9. Tap Sign in.

You can add up to four additional accounts to Gmail for iOS for a maximum of five accounts.