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I volunteer for many organizations, earning me several Google accounts to manage. The Multiple account sign-in feature built into Google is wonderful, except when I click Sign out, its signs out of all my accounts at once.

Is there a different way to just sign out of one account at a time? If there is, I can't seem to find it.

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I use Firefox's Multifox add-on br.mozdev.org/multifox to keep a separate window for each account to deal with special cases like Google Analytics etc. which do not have proper multiaccount support. Allocate one account per one window and they don't conflict. Might work for you too. –  Mikko Ohtamaa Apr 1 '13 at 7:23

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Google's multiple sign-on capability helps you manage more than one of your accounts simultaneously. Signing-in to a different account when you're already signed-in, would link both your accounts. And on each additional sign-in, each of the accounts are linked to one other. Signing-out from one account would implicitly mean that you sign-out from all your accounts (similar to a domino effect).

Google must support unlinking of two signed-in accounts for you being able to selectively signing-out of an account, but retaining the signed-in status of other accounts. This is not supported as of now, and I don't think there could be any alternate solution until Google offers an improvement to its Multiple-sign-on capability.

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This is sad news. Can you give me a reference to where you found that info so I can verify its validity and accept your answer? –  Bryan Wolfford Oct 25 '12 at 5:45
    
Unfortunately I do not know of any official statement from Google. But you can find many such complaints & details here.. productforums.google.com/forum/#!searchin/gmail/… –  AbhishekGirish Oct 25 '12 at 14:36
    
Yeah, see, this is incorrect (or at least incomplete). I logged in to my personal account while already logged in to my work account, and never linked them - yet, I still see the buggy behavior that the OP describes. –  Izkata Apr 8 '13 at 3:04
    
How did you manage to log into another account without logging out of the first account or linking them using multiple sign-on. –  AbhishekGirish Apr 8 '13 at 6:14

While a log out does sign you out of each Google Account, you can use multiple browsers to accomplish nearly what you want.

I use 4 Google Accounts* with Chrome (apparently there is a 4 account at once max limit) and open FireFox or IE to use the 5th or 6th Google Account. Another Set of 4 might work here too.

On another note, I am not sure I agree that the accounts are linked in any way that is maintained after you log out. When I log out in Chrome I can then log in to any new set of 4 Google accounts I choose, any combination of the 5 or so I maintain.

  • By "Google Accounts" I mean 1 GMail and the rest are Google Apps for Domains accounts
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I have found Chrome has a new feature for logging into different users. To do it:

  1. Open settings
  2. Click on Signed in as __...
  3. Under the "Users" section, click add new user.

Now I can be logged into as many Google drives as I want, each with their own Chrome instance! To see which window is what, look for the little avatar that you chose in the top left corner near your first Tab.

Official link: http://support.google.com/chrome/bin/answer.py?hl=en&answer=2364824

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https://support.google.com/accounts/answer/1721977?hl=en

Signing out

If you choose to sign out of any account while using multiple sign-in, you will be signed out of all your accounts. To resume using multiple sign-in, you will need sign in to one account and then use the Add Account option to sign in to your other account(s).

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Here is the logout from all Google accounts URL, that is working for me:

https://accounts.google.com/Logout?continue=https%3A%2F%2Faccounts.google.com%2FServiceLogin%3Fsacu%3D1&il=true&zx=icxpgruz0yao

Hope it will help you.

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