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I have two Google accounts, my main one which is used for Drive (formerly Docs), Calendar and also a lot of 3rd party apps via the 'login with Google' feature.

The other Google account I use for my email on Gmail (although the account is under a custom domain running on Google Apps for Business).

The problem I'm having is that although I can have multiple accounts signed in a browser when you move between products it tends to stick in the same account. So if I'm using account-A for Drive, and I switch to Gmail, it stays in account-A (even though account-A doesn't have Gmail set up).

I then have to change to account-B in the top right corner. Is there a way to specify a default account for different products?

In other words,

  • use account-A for Drive and Calendars

  • use account-B for Gmail

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    Not really, no. What I've done is to have two different browsers (Chrome and Firefox) logged in to different accounts (business vs. personal) and work that way. (You could probably do the same with one browser and the use of incognito mode/private browsing.) – ale Sep 20 '13 at 14:33
  • If you click the down arrow on the top left next to your "picture" you'll see an option "add account". Will this do what you want? (I've never used it) – Raystafarian Sep 21 '13 at 11:07
  • I swap between several google accounts at work and have to say that Google's multiple account implementation is terrible. I constantly get stuck in switch user/logout loops that don't end until I log in using the previously logged in account and log out again. Especially in Drive. The best solution I've found is to use separate web browsers for separate google accounts and completely avoid the issue. – LoganGoesPlaces Jan 31 '17 at 18:36
  • There's got to be a chrome extension that does this somewhere. Maybe search for cookie manager chrome extension or session manager. – Alex Cory Mar 7 '17 at 21:54
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A trick I use is to define a bookmark in my bookmarks bar for each of my various Google services. From my experience, Google services enumerate the user account in the URL, so https://mail.google.com/mail/u/0/#inbox will take you to account 0's inbox, https://mail.google.com/mail/u/1/#inbox to account 1's and so on. The trick is that you have to sign into your Google accounts in a consistent order as 0 is the account that you first signed into, 1 is the second, etc.

For example, I use:

Sometimes it gets out of sync if my login sessions expire, but in that case, I can just log out of all accounts and re-login in the correct order.

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Google multiple sign-in feature only have one default account. The alternatives are, among others, for each account

  • use different web browsers
  • use a web browser that supports multiple profiles
  • use different OS users profiles
  • use different devices

References
Sign in to multiple accounts at once - Google Accounts Help
Use multiple sign-in with Google Docs - Google Accounts Help

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While this doesn't solve your exact issue, the following procedure solves the related problem where you want to use a different default account for YouTube specifically:

  1. Log into e.g. Gmail using account A. This will be your default account everywhere except YouTube. Close the window/tab.

  2. Log into Gmail using account B (click on your profile badge and select "Add Account" in the dropdown). This will be your default account on YouTube.

  3. Go to YouTube and click "Sign in". This will sign you in with account A. Close the window/tab.

  4. From Gmail, using account B, select YouTube in the App selector (the nine squares symbol in the upper right corner). YouTube should open and show a box that allows you to select which account to use. Select B.

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