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Gmail's multiple account support distinguishes between Gmail accounts with just an index, which simply reflects the order in which you signed into Gmail:


So if you sign into Gmail first with test@example.com and then with notatest@gmail.com, https://mail.google.com/mail/u/0/ will go to the inbox of test@example.com; but if you sign into notatest@gmail.com before test@example.com, the same link will go to the inbox of notatest@gmail.com.

Aside from always signing into Google accounts in the same order, is there a good way to link to a specific Gmail account?

See also this related question on Google Groups.

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Try the link below, changing the test@example.com value as needed.

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Doesn't work for me. If I'm not logged in to Gmail at all, it prompts me to login (to any account). If I am logged in, it just jumps me to the default Google account. – Al E. Jan 24 '14 at 18:57
Just checked this and this does work. – user62101 Apr 25 '14 at 7:35
Excellent - thanks, Bob. Just tested and it works. – Dan Apr 26 '14 at 0:41
A related question that I didn't specifically ask: how to permalink to a specific message ID of a specific mailbox... but that's a different question :) – Dan Apr 26 '14 at 0:42
Related: Google Voice link to a specific account: https://www.google.com/voice/?authuser=test@example.com. This only works correctly if you are already logged into the specified account though. – Jordan Brough Aug 10 '14 at 12:40

I found a URL in the answer to a similar question. This works for me.

From the other answer:


Just change youremail in the URL above to whatever your username is.

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No longer works – wieczorek1990 Feb 23 at 21:16

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