I have been using Google Docs and Google Sheets for years together with the co-director of our company - switching between her account and my account when needed. Within the last couple of months I've suddenly noticed that documents that she has edited show up as having been edited by me! When I investigated, I discovered that when she opened a Google Doc from our shared account it would sometimes open it with her user (default for her) but sometimes as my user!

I also discovered today when changing the document locale on a Google Sheet it did the same thing. I had open the sheet with my user but when I changed the locale it changed it to my co-director's user account!

Has anyone else noticed this behaviour? Is there any obvious way to prevent it from happening other than logging out of the alternative account?

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There's not a good way to stay logged in with two accounts and not have them conflict like this.

I'd recommend using a separate Chrome Profile for each account. Click your user icon in the top-right of the Chrome window, select Manage People, then Add Person. Login to that window with the second account and then log out of it on the first window. This will keep them separate so you don't accidentally edit as someone else.

  • I use Firefox, so I'm starting to use their Multi-Account Containers extension, which is a way to give every tab its own set of accounts.
    – jester66
    Commented Aug 7, 2021 at 8:33
  • But that means you have different set of bookmarks and history and everything, right? That can be so big downside that it makes it unusable for some people (me included). Theres even worse thing, locale might not be so bad since I don't think thats something you really change often but when you bookmark google sheets and than get logged out of an account the bookmark will direct you to different user. Its very annoying.
    – Srneczek
    Commented Apr 10 at 1:48

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