The Easy Way to Switch Between Gmail Accounts in Your Browser

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If you're like most people, you have more than one email address. It's possible you have more than one Gmail address. Do you have more Gmail accounts than browsers you want to keep running?

You don't have to log in and out to switch Gmail accounts, and you don't have to resort to multiple browsers, browser versions, and insulated browser installations either. Gmail lets you open multiple Gmail accounts side by side.

The trick is to link your Gmail accounts. After they are linked, you can quickly toggle between them.

Link Your Gmail Accounts

To link two or more Gmail accounts:

  1. Open Gmail and log in with the first Gmail username and password.
  2. Click or tap your profile picture or name in the top right corner of the Gmail screen.
  3. Click or tap the Add account button in the window that pops up.
  4. Enter a second Gmail address you want to add as a linked account.
  5. Type that account's password in the password field.
  6. Click or tap Sign in.
  7. Repeat the process with any additional Gmail accounts.

To unlink Gmail accounts, log out of either of the connected accounts.

Switch Fast Between Multiple Gmail Accounts

To switch between two or more Gmail accounts or to open them side by side in browser tabs:

  • Link the Gmail accounts as described above. 
  • Click or tap your profile picture, name, or the current account's email address in the top right corner of Gmail.
  • Select one of the email addresses from the menu that comes up. Each of the linked accounts is listed, and you can toggle between them.

Note: As an alternative, you can also forward all mail to one Gmail account and set up that account to let you send from all the other addresses.