August 10, 2012 by David K. Sutton
Google adds Account Chooser to help you manage multiple Gmail accounts
I don’t know about you, but I have multiple Google accounts that I use for different purposes and while Google has attempted in the past to allow you to stay signed in to multiple accounts I’ve found it doesn’t always work well, especially if you switch between a regular Google/Gmail account and a Google Apps account. I’m not sure how long this functionality has existed, but Google now has a feature called “Account Chooser” that let’s you associate and display a list of Google/Gmail accounts. The purpose is to avoid the constant need to enter your email and password credentials if you often switch between accounts.
Important Note: Account Chooser is configured per device and/or browser, so you have to enable it for each instance.
Google’s sign-in page can display a list of accounts that you’ve previously used with a specific browser. This will reduce how frequently you are asked to re-enter your email and password.
To add the first account, first enable this feature, and then click the “Stay signed in” checkbox when you sign in.
In the future to sign in, simply click the account entry (which includes your name, e-mail address, and photo if you have one) for the account you’d like to use. If you haven’t typed in your password recently, you may be asked to type it again. If you do not see an entry for the account you want to use, then simply click the button at the bottom to add another account.
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