How to Change the Default Google Account
Yes, yes, Google is everywhere. The company seems to have taken over the internet. You have got Gmail, Google Chrome, Google Drive, Google Keep, and so on. Many Google services (if not all) have direct non-Google competitors. However, none of them are under an umbrella as large as the Google environment.
You probably have multiple Google accounts. Each one allows you to use each Google service. But what if you want to change your default Google account or Gmail? Yes, you can also switch accounts to change your default Gmail by switching the default Google account. In this tutorial, we will guide you through the process.
How to Change the Default Google Account on a Windows or Mac PC
Whether you are a Windows or a Mac user, you will be happy to know that things work the same on both platforms. This is because you will be accessing Google via a browser on either system. Google always opens new windows using your default account. Google also assigns the first login as the default, which is why you need to sign out of all accounts first. Here’s how to change your default Google account that also changes your default Gmail on Windows or Mac PCs.
- Open your browser of choice, head to Google.com, then click on your profile icon in the top-right section.
- Select “Sign out of all accounts.”
- Your profile icon disappears. Click on “Sign in” where your profile icon was shown.
- Log into your chosen default Google account. You may see a list of Google accounts or you may need to type one by clicking on “Add account.”
After completing the steps shown above, your default Google account should open with every new window, and opening Gmail should bring up your default Gmail as well.
If you select a different account in the same window, your first login account usually shows as Default in the list of accounts. This feature helps identify the current default profile.
For Gmail, click the correct profile in the upper-right section, then click “Gmail.” Google will load the currently selected profile’s email account page. Of course, if you are currently on the default Google account, it will load the default Gmail account.
How to Change the Default Google Account on an iPhone
Unfortunately, managing your Google account using your iOS Gmail app is problematic. Not all options are there, and you might have trouble choosing the default account for the device. This is why it is recommended that you use the Google Chrome app to change your default Google account. This method follows the same instructions as above for Windows and Mac systems.
If you do want to change your default Google account or Gmail using the Chrome Gmail page, follow the instructions below.
- Open Chrome and go to mail.gmail.com, then tap on the hamburger icon (horizontal ellipsis) in the upper-left section.
- Tap on the dropdown menu at the top to see the current default Gmail account.
- Select “Manage your Google Account.”
- Tap on “Sign Out,” then start from scratch and sign in with the account you want to use as default.
How to Change the Default Google Account on a Chromebook
Chromebooks are lightweight laptop devices primarily designed for web browsing and document management. Chromebooks use Google Chrome, naturally. Once you open Google Chrome, the steps to switch your default Google account and Gmail are the same as for Windows PCs and macOS devices. Refer to the first guide above to change the default Gmail account in Chrome on your Chromebook.
How to Change the Default Google Account on an Android Device
As on iOS devices, you cannot successfully change the default Gmail account using the dedicated Gmail app on Android smartphones and tablets. The app takes you to your general Google Account settings, and this defeats the purpose.
You need to access your account via the Google Chrome app, just like when using iOS. If you want to switch the default Gmail account on your Android, refer back to the iOS section above.
After reviewing the above processes to change your default Google account, there is one thing you need to understand about browsers. As long as you are not changing the settings of the browser itself, the process is the same across all browsers.
Therefore, changing any Gmail or Google account settings using Firefox, Safari, Opera, or any other browser on any device is done the same way you would do it in Chrome.
Not only is changing the default Gmail account on your devices easy and straightforward, but you can set different default Gmail accounts across your devices.
Default Gmail/Google Account FAQs
Why change the default Google account?
Well, for one, you are probably less than excited about the fact that your device keeps logging you into a mail account you do not use too often, no matter how many times you switch to your desired mail. Making another account default can be a huge relief.
Then, there is the aspect of different devices. Let us say that you have a work computer and a home computer. Most likely, you will want your personal Gmail account to be the default on your home computer. And you probably will not appreciate your work computer signing you into your personal mail. Then again, you might need to access your work Gmail from your personal computer, and vice-versa. Assigning different Gmails as default for each of the two devices can be very useful.
Another example would be across different devices. Maybe you are an Instagram influencer who has a separate mail account for these purposes. In this case, assigning the “influencer” Gmail account as default on your smartphone device might be a good way to go, while you may go with a more personal default Gmail account for your home PC, for example.
Can I change the default Google account without logging out of all accounts?
Unfortunately, there is no way to change your default Google account or Gmail account without signing out of all profiles. The first profile you log into is the only way to select the default Gmail account. Of course, you will then have to log into all the other Google/Gmail accounts that you want available on your device.
How do you switch between Google accounts?
If you read how to change the default Google/Gmail account above, it mentions how to select a different one to view. As a recap, click your profile icon, select the account you want to view, and head over to Gmail if that’s what you want. You can also choose other Google services using the app menu to the left of your profile icon.
When finished and the window is closed, Google Chrome (or any other browser) will still launch with the default next time you open it.
For Android and iOS apps (Gmail, Google TV, Google Google News, Docs, etc.), click the same profile icon and choose the account you want to view.
How many Google Accounts can I have?
You can have as many Google accounts or even Gmail accounts as you wish. There is currently no limit in place. However, the more accounts you have, the more complicated things get.
These days, email is not just for correspondence; it gets used for receiving subscriptions, special offers, sites that require an email, and more. It is certainly beneficial to separate some emails from others by using separate Google accounts. Then, viewing specific account data (emails, subscriptions, settings, etc.) is as easy as clicking a different profile.
Can I have two Gmail accounts with the same phone number?
For security purposes, Gmail accounts are often associated with phone numbers, along with Google and non-Google email addresses. Although each of your Gmail accounts will have a different address, you can associate all of them with the same phone number.