I have Google Apps account and was login into it using mail.google.com/a/my_domain_name and I was using my person Gmail by going to mail.google.com.

Now, I got some email from Google, and when I go to mail.google.com it actually takes me to my Google Apps account instead to my personal account (@gmail.com).

Does anybody know how to solve this?

  • Sign out of google (go to google.com and logout). Then go to gmail.com and sign in with your gmail.com credentials. Are you saying that if you do that, you'll be logged in to GA? Commented Jul 13, 2011 at 18:10
  • Could do with some clarification, when you say "I got some email from Google and when..." - do you mean they emailed you to say that something had changed in how things were set up? Maybe the content of that email would be relevant here...
    – x3ja
    Commented Jul 16, 2011 at 2:58

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I have the same issue and I resolve it by having a private window within Chrome and a normal chrome browsing window with each account open in the respective browser window. It stinks because notifications from my desktop client will still try an open the default browser, but it is a decent work around.


Google keeps track over you last logged in account (if you do not log out) and that is why you are being redirected to your Google Apps account when you log into Gmail.

The two solutions that come to mind (there might be others) on how to solve this would be:

  1. Log out of Google Apps and/or Gmail when you are done using these applications.
  2. Use separate browsers for the different applications.

You can log in to a Personal account and an Apps account simultaneously. Click on your account name (next to the tools icon top right) when logged in on one account, select "Switch account" and then "Sign in to another account", enter your second account details. Now you can switch in one window between the Apps account and Personal one by selecting "Switch account" again and then choosing which one to view. That's how I get around having an Apps and Personal account anyway.

The other problem here could be if, when you came on to Google Apps, you already had a matching personal account for that email address. e.g. Personal account with email of [email protected] and then you set up fred.com on Google Apps. Then, all your Personal accounts would have been moved to [email protected], e.g. [email protected] to prevent any clashes... So you might need to use the +personal email address to log in to that account.


It sounds like you have multiple sign-in enabled. You can go to https://www.google.com/accounts/ to turn it off.

Google also offers a list of options for handling multiple accounts here

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