How to Manage Multiple Gmail Accounts
Guide to Using Multiple Google Accounts
Many people use multiple Gmail accounts these days. It might be a good idea to have two or more separate accounts since Google uses the same login info for all their services. For example, you could have an account for personal use and another one for work; or, you could use one Google account for your AdWords campaigns and only login to it from secure locations, while using a different account at internet cafes while traveling.
Switching between Google accounts manually to check your e-mail is time-consuming and ineffective. Thankfully, there are some tools to check multiple Gmail accounts all at once and switch between them with a single click. Furthermore, Google themselves have provided a cool feature that allows you to link accounts together. You will find five different ideas for managing your Gmail accounts on the page below.
#1. Link Gmail Accounts Together
Send e-mails from any of them without having to switch
Gmail has a nice feature which allows you to send e-mails from any of your accounts without having to switch between them. So, for example, you could link all your multiple Gmail accounts to your "main" one and send e-mails from there without having to log off and log in repeatedly.
All you have to do is to login to your "main" account and click the gear icon. From there, navigate to Settings > Accounts and Import > Add another email address you own. The image above illustrates the steps. After you add the account(s) you want, you will be able to specify which account you want to send the e-mail from whenever you are in the Compose Mail mode, as seen on the image to the right. That's it - now your Gmail accounts are linked together, and you can send e-mails from any of them without having to switch users!
#2. Switch Between Gmail Accounts Quickly
Check multiple Gmail accounts at the same time
You are going to need Firefox for this (sorry, IE and Chrome users). And, as you might have guessed already, we'll be using an extension. The best Firefox plugin to manage multiple Gmail accounts is by far the Gmail Manager. It goes without saying that it's open source and free to use. Here's what Gmail Manager does:
- Remembers your Gmail account passwords and logs on them automatically on browser startup - if you want it to.
- Notifies you whenever you receive new e-mails to any of your Gmail accounts. You can of course turn off notifications if you want to. And you can choose how often it will check for e-mails, too.
- Allows you to switch between multiple Gmail accounts with a few clicks. First select the Gmail account that you want to switch to from the status bar, then left click on it. Done!
- If you mouse over the Gmail Manager on the status bar, it will show you latest statistics of the currently selected Gmail account (new messages in inbox, labels, etc).
#3. Enable Google Multiple Sign-in
Now you can use multiple Google accounts simultaneously!
Google has recently added a new feature called multiple sign in that makes using several Google accounts at once much easier. It works for Gmail as well as some other products. It won't work for things like AdWords and Blogger.
Simply login to Gmail and click the e-mail link located at the top right corner of your screen. A dropdown menu will open, which will show your current account as well as an "Add account" button. Click said button and follow the steps, inputting the username and password for your secondary account.
Now every time you click the e-mail or your photo at the top of any Google product page - including Gmail - the dropdown menu will open, allowing you to quickly switch between saved Google accounts. It is possible to add or remove accounts from the list whenever you want.
This will allow you to check two different Gmail inboxes in two browser tabs without having to sign off and on - or use any other supported Google product in this manner. You will also be able to switch between accounts with one click. If you attempt to use a product which does not yet support Google's new multiple sign-in feature, your default username will be used.
#4. Forward Secondary Gmail Accounts to Your Main One
Receive messages from multiple e-mail accounts in a single inbox
Perhaps instead of signing in to multiple Gmail accounts at the same time, you would prefer to simply read all your messages in a single inbox. This is fairly easy to accomplish: all you have to do is forward all your "secondary" Gmail accounts to your "primary" one.
To do that, login to the account you want to forward and access the Settings using the gear icon. Navigate to the Forwarding and POP/IMAP tab and click the "Add a forwarding address" button. Type in your main e-mail and hit "Next". You're almost set - all you have to do is click the confirmation link in the message that Google just sent to the address you entered.
And if you are one of the last people who are still using a desktop e-mail client, you can also take advantage Gmail's POP settings (same tab) to simply receive all your mail from multiple addresses in your Windows Live Mail, Thunderbird, or other program of your choice.
#5. Set Up Delegation to Use a Single Login for Several Accounts
Log in once to access and manage multiple Gmail accounts
An alternative way of joining several Gmail accounts is called delegation. It works by allowing another Google account to read your e-mails and send messages from your address. The messages you send using this method will have your name attached to them in the "From" field like this: Your Name (sent by Delegate).
To grant delegate access to another Google account, open up your Settings and go to the Accounts and Import tab. Look for Grant access to your account section towards the bottom, and click the "Add another account" link next to it. Enter the Gmail you want to give access to, and click "Next Step". Now, the owner of said account (whether it's you or someone else) needs to check their inbox for a confirmation e-mail and click the link provided to gain access.