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 and so forth. 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.

Let us be honest, 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? In this tutorial, we will guide you through the process.

Before We Get Into It

With so many Google services available, there is a lot of ground to cover. We’ve decided to stick with changing the default Google account on Gmail, using the Google Chrome browser. Rest assured, you can do this with every other service as well.

How to Change the Default Gmail Account in Chrome 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 Gmail via the Google Chrome browser on either device type.

Go to gmail.com

Now, open Google Chrome and go to Gmail. The quickest way to do so is by typing in “gmail.com” in the URL box and hitting Enter.


Click on your profile icon

If you are signed in, you will be taken to the default Gmail account. Navigate to the upper-right corner of the screen, click on your profile icon, and select a different account.


Click ‘Default’

Refresh the page, and you will be taken back to your default account. In fact, you will see the “Default” entry next to your default account.


Now, there is no actual button that lets you change your default account on the device you are currently using. But there is a Sign out of all accounts button at the bottom of the dialog box that opens once you click your profile icon on Gmail.

Once signed out, click the Gmail account that you want to use as your default on the device you are currently using. Then, enter the password. There you have it, the account that you have selected has just become your primary one.

How to Change the Default Gmail Account in Chrome on an iPhone

Unfortunately, managing your Gmail 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 do it.

Run the app on your device, or download it if you do not have it.

Click the three horizontal lines in the upper left.

Inside the app, go to gmail.com and then navigate to the screen’s upper-left corner (the hamburger menu with three horizontal lines).


Click your email address at the top.

Then, you will see the address to the current default Gmail account at the top of the page. Tap here.


Click ‘Manage your Google Account’

Next, go to Manage your Google Account.


Click ‘Sign Out’

From this screen, you will be able to select Sign Out. This will sign you out of every account that you have used to sign in to Gmail on the iOS device. Then, start from scratch and sign in with the account you want to use as default. This is now your default account on the said iOS device.


How to Change the Default Gmail Account in Chrome on a Chromebook

Chromebooks are light laptop devices that are designed for browsing and little else besides. For this, Chromebooks use Google Chrome, naturally. Once you open Google Chrome, things work pretty much as they do on Windows PCs and macOS devices. Refer to the guide above to change the default Gmail account in Chrome on your Chromebook.

How to Change the Default Gmail Account in Chrome on an Android Device

As on iOS devices, you can not successfully change the default Gmail account using the dedicated Gmail app on Android smartphones and tablets. The app will take you to your general Google Account settings when you try, and this defeats the purpose.

You are going to have to access your account via the Google Chrome app. Accessing your Gmail via the Android Google Chrome app and changing the default account works the same way as on iOS devices. If you want to switch the default Gmail account on your Android, refer back to the iOS section above.

How to Change the Default Gmail Account in Firefox on a Windows or Mac PC

Okay, so maybe you are not using Google Chrome as your preferred web browser. Maybe you want to know how to change your default Gmail account using a different browser, like Firefox.

Well, there is one thing you need to understand about browsers. As long as you are not changing the settings of the browser itself, it is all the same, across all browsers. In other words, if you are trying to make settings changes in a service that you access using the browser, things are pretty much the same, regardless of what browser you resort to.

Therefore, changing any Gmail settings using Firefox, Safari, or any other Windows/macOS device is done the same way you would do it in Chrome. So, again, refer to the PC/Mac Chrome section at the beginning of this entry.

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.

Additional FAQ

1. Is it possible to change the default Gmail account without logging out of all accounts?

Unfortunately, no, it is not. Whichever device type we are talking about here, signing out of every Gmail account that you have used on the relevant device is an obligatory step in changing your default Gmail account for that device. And, conversely, logging in to the future default Gmail account first is the only way to select the default Gmail account. Of course, you will then have to log in to all the other Gmail accounts that you want available on your device.

2. How can I open my Gmail account?

Any of the methods mentioned above will prompt you to either login or create a new account, no matter what device you are using. If you want to open a Google account, create a new one, and follow the instructions.

Each of the methods from above will also prompt you to create a new account at some point, even if you’re already signed in to one. Navigate to the create a new account option and follow the instructions.

It is important that you keep in mind that creating your first Gmail account will make it your default account. Creating a new one will not do so. If you want to set your newly created account as the default one, follow the above-outlined instructions.

3. Can I have two Gmail accounts?

Yes, you can. Not only that, but you can have as many Gmail accounts as you wish. There is no limit for this set by Google. However, the more accounts you have, the more complicated things will get. These days, email is not used for correspondence only. In fact, it is mainly used for subscriptions and various other functions.

But, with two Gmail accounts, you should be fine. In fact, the vast majority of users have two Gmail accounts or more.

4. 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.

Conclusion

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. Still, even though you might know exactly how to do it on one device type, this does not mean that you know how to do it on others.

We hope that this entry has helped you successfully set everything up, just the way you wanted to. If you have anything to add or any questions, feel free to hit the comments section below and fire away. We are more than happy to help.

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