How to Change Your Default Google Accounts

Easily manage multiple Google sign-ins

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Google allows you to easily switch between the multiple Google Accounts you have. One of those accounts will be assigned as your default Google Account, which is typically the account you signed into first (according to Google).

Your default Google Account is automatically used whenever you use Google services like Google Search, Gmail, YouTube, Drive, Photos and more. If your default Google Account is not the one you want it to be, you'll have to switch to the appropriate account every time you access one of these services from a web browser.

You might want to change your default Google Account if:

  • you want to automatically sign into your personal Google Account on your personal computer or devices;
  • You want to automatically sign into your work-related Google Account on your work-related computer or devices; or
  • you're currently spending more time and effort than usual using Google services for a different Google Account.

Resetting Your Default Google Account

The only way to change your default Google account is to sign out of all your Google Accounts and then sign back into the primary Google Account you want to set as your default one first, before you sign into any additional Google Accounts. Follow these exact steps to make sure your default Google Account has been changed to the right one.

  1. Navigate to myaccount.google.com in a web browser.

  2. Select your profile picture in the top right corner.

  3. Select Sign out from the dropdown tab.

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    You might be shown a message about your syncing being paused. If you see this message, simply select Continue.

    Google will show you a list of all your Google Accounts that you've signed out of.

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    You must be signed out of all of your Google Accounts. If you're still signed into one or more accounts, select it and repeat steps 1 to 3 to sign out of each one.

  4. Now all you have to do is choose the Google Account you want to be your default one, then enter your password and select Next.

  5. Once signed in, you can sign back into your other Google Accounts by selecting your profile picture in the top right corner and then selecting a Google Account from the dropdown list.

  6. Select Sign In, enter your password, and then select Next.

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    You'll be signed in and taken to the Google Account page for that account.

  7. Repeat steps 5 to 6 for any other Google Accounts you might have.

  8. Now you can confirm that the first Google Account you signed into is your default one by selecting your profile picture in the top right and looking for the (default) label next to it.

When your default Google Account is currently being used, you won't see that (default) label beside it. You'll only see it in the dropdown list while you're actively using one of your other Google Accounts.

You can change your default Google Account whenever you want, as often as you want, by repeating the steps above.

Keep in mind that when you do this for one computer or device, the default Google Account you set is exclusive to that computer or device. If you use multiple computers or devices, you might have to reset the default Google Account for each one.

An Important Note About Your Google Account Settings

According to Google, each Google Account has its own separate settings, but when you're signed into multiple Google Accounts, sometimes Google can't tell exactly which one you're using. In this case, some settings might be applied from the wrong Google Account.

For instance, when you open up a new web browser window while signed into two of your Google Accounts, Google might not be able to tell which one you want to be using in that new window. Settings for that new window will then typically be applied from your default Google Account.

What About Setting the Default Google Account on Google Mobile Apps?

If you use official Google apps like Gmail or YouTube, you should notice that you can sign into multiple accounts and switch between them similar to how you can via a web browser: by selecting your profile picture in the top right and choosing the Google Account you want to use.

Unlike using Google services via the web, however, there doesn't appear to be a default label next to any particular Google Account. The app simply remembers which Google Account you used last and keeps you there until you manually switch to a different one.