How To Log In To Multiple Google Accounts in Chrome

juggling Chrome loginsI used to use different browsers to maintain different logins. I’d use Chrome for my personal Gmail, Firefox for my work email, and Internet Explorer (eww) or Safari for my work login (to access Google Analytics and Google/Bing Webmaster Tools).

Now I just use Chrome. There are several ways to accomplish this. I’ll demonstrate the easiest:

Step 1: Log in to one of your Google accounts in Chrome.

Step 2: Open a new tab.

Step 3: You’ll see your email address in the upper-right corner of the browser. Click on that. (It doesn’t look like a link but it is.)

Chrome login

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Step 4: You’ll be prompted to sign in.

sign in to ChromeStep 5: Once you’ve logged in, you’ll have the option to import bookmarks and install extensions. (You’ll start from scratch with each new user you set up, and it doesn’t appear you have the ability to import extensions, which is unfortunate. They should be be imported when you sign into an account, in my opinion.)

Step 6: Next, you’ll have the option to name your login and assign an avatar to go with it. You can’t customize them, but you have a few options to choose from.

set up user in Chrome

Step 7: Once you get set up, you can easily toggle between your different accounts by clicking on the avatars in the upper-left corner (Mac: upper-right corner).

switch Chrome accounts by clicking on avatars
And that’s it! I haven’t opened IE at work since I found out about this functionality! And now you have no excuse either! :)


  • http://twitter.com/saffyre9 Dawn Wentzell

    I log in to all my personal Google accounts in Firefox. Unfortunately, until they enable Analytics and WMT with multi-sign-on, I use Chrome for my work Google account for just those two services.

    • http://www.annielytics.com/ Annie Cushing

      I’ll be here for you to help up you pick up the broken pieces when you realize how lame Firefox is. [prepares friend reconsideration request] :)

  • http://www.webdancers.com Greg Falken

    Nice! Managing various Gmail and Google Apps accounts has always been confusing. This looks like a very usable approach.

    • http://www.annielytics.com/ Annie Cushing

      It’s so awesome. It’s definitely redefined and simplified my workflow.

  • David

    Hey Annie – is there an update to this that you’re aware of?-when I click the link on my email address link, nothing happens. Thanks! -David

    • http://www.annielytics.com/ Annie Cushing

      Yeah, sometimes clicking on the email link doesn’t work on my Mac but still does on my PC. No worries. You can click the icon in the upper-right corner of the browser (with the three horizontal lines) and choose Settings.Then go down to Users and click the “Add new user” button.

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