You probably have multiple Google accounts. Each of them allows you to use every Google service. But what if you want to change your default Google or Gmail account? Unfortunately, Google doesn’t provide us with a simple “Default Account” option. When you open any Google service, such as Gmail or Google Docs, you are already signed in to one account. Then you should switch to the one you use the most.
However, you can follow the steps below to prioritize one account over others. You can also switch accounts to change your default Gmail by switching to your default Google account. Let’s start.
How to Change the Default Google Account on Windows, Mac or Chromebook
Whether you’re a Windows, Chromebook, or Mac user, you’ll be happy to know that everything works the same across all platforms. This is because you access Google through the browser on all systems. Google always opens new windows using your default account. Google also assigns the first sign in as the default, so you must sign out of all accounts first. Here’s how to change your default Google account, which also changes your default Gmail on a Windows PC or Mac.
- Open your browser of choice, go to Google.com and click on your profile icon in the top right corner.
Note. To perform these steps, you must go to the Google home page.
- Select “Sign out of all accounts”.
- Your profile icon will disappear. Click “Login” where your profile icon is displayed.
- Sign in with your default Google account of choice. You may see a list of Google accounts, or you may be required to enter them by clicking Add Account.
After following the steps above, your default Google account should open in every new window, and when you open Gmail, your default Gmail should also open.
If you select a different account in the same window, your first login account will usually show up as “Default” in the list of accounts. This function helps to determine the current default profile.
For Gmail, click the desired profile in the top right corner, then click Gmail. Google will load the email account page of the currently selected profile. Of course, if you are currently using the default Google account, the default Gmail account will be loaded.
How to change the default Google account on mobile
Unfortunately, managing your Google account using the mobile app is problematic. Not all options are available, and you may have trouble selecting the default account for your device. Therefore, it is recommended that you use the Google Chrome app to change the default Google account. This method follows the same instructions as above for Windows and Mac systems.
Follow the instructions below if you want to change your default Google or Gmail account using the Chrome Gmail page.
- Open Chrome and go to mail.gmail.com , then tap the horizontal ellipsis (hamburger icon) in the top left corner.
- Click the dropdown menu at the top to see your current default Gmail account.
- Select Manage Your Google Account.
- Click Sign Out, then start from scratch and sign in with the account you want to be the default.
How to Change Default Gmail on iOS
If you’re using an iPhone or iPad, follow these steps to change your default Gmail account:
- Open Settings and tap on Mail .
- Scroll down and select Default account .
- Select the email account you want to automatically send emails from.
Now, whenever you send an email to your iPad or iPhone, it will come from that address.
Frequently asked Questions
In this section, you will find answers to other questions you may have about your default Google account.
Why change the default Google account?
First, you’re probably not happy that your device keeps logging you into a mail account you don’t use too often, no matter how many times you switch to the right Gmail account. Creating a different default account can be a huge relief.
Then there is the aspect of various devices. Let’s say you have a work computer and a home computer. You probably need home Gmail when using your home PC, and you probably don’t want your work computer to log you into home Gmail. Again, you may need to access your work Gmail from your personal computer and vice versa. It is very important to assign a different default Gmail address for each device.
Can I change my default Google account without logging out of all accounts?
Unfortunately, it is not possible to change the default Google or Gmail account without logging out of all profiles. The first profile you sign in to is the only way to choose a default Gmail account. Of course, you will have to sign in to all other Google/Gmail accounts you want to use on your device.
How do you switch between Google accounts?
To quickly switch between Gmail accounts:
1. Click your profile icon.
2. Select the Google account you want to view and go to Gmail if that’s what you want.
You can also select other Google services using the application menu to the left of your profile icon. When you’re done and close the browser window, Google Chrome (or any other browser) will still launch by default the next time you open it.
How many Google accounts can I have?
You can have as many Google accounts or even Gmail accounts as you wish. There are currently no restrictions. However, the more accounts you have, the more difficult things get.
These days, email isn’t just for correspondence; it is used to get subscriptions, special offers, sites that require email, and more. Of course, it is useful to separate one email from another using separate Google accounts. Then, viewing certain account details (emails, subscriptions, settings, and so on) 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 as well as email addresses from Google and other companies. While each of your Gmail accounts will have a different address, you can link them all to the same phone number.
How to change default Gmail account on Mac?
If you’re using a Mac, you might be frustrated with the default email because you’ll often notice that you’ve sent it from the wrong account. Luckily, you can change the default Gmail. Here’s what to do:
1. Open the Mail app on your Mac and click Mail at the top. Then click “Settings”.
2. Click Compose and select the email address from which you want to send messages from the drop-down menu.
Whenever you send an email, it is automatically sent from this address.
After learning the processes of changing the default Google account above, there is one thing you need to understand about browsers. As long as you don’t change your browser settings, the process is the same in all browsers. Thus, changing any Gmail or Google account settings using Firefox, Safari, Opera or any other browser on any device is the same as in Chrome.
Not only can you easily and simply change the default Gmail account on your devices, but you can also set different default Gmail accounts on your devices. Do you have any tips, tricks, experience or questions related to setting the default Gmail account? Leave a comment in the section below.