After I enable multiple sign-in, and login to multiple accounts, I see that one of them says "(Default)". How do I change which of the accounts is the default one?
When you attempt to login with another account, it says the following:
You can use multiple sign-in with these Google products:
- Google products not listed above will default to the first account that you signed in to using your current web browser session.
I guess this means that you must:
- Click the sign out link (which will sign out of all your accounts),
- Sign in to the account you want to be the default one,
- Sign in to all the other accounts.
Multiple sign in is a feature that allows you to view content of your other accounts while logged in to one. You cannot use some of the Google tools from two accounts at once, and they default to using the first account you signed in with.
Whichever account you sign in to first is the default account - the account Google will "default" to if there are any issues with supporting multiple accounts.
How do I change which of the accounts is the default one?
To change the default Google account when you are using the multiple sign-in, you need to Sign out of all accounts. Then log in to the Google account that you want to be the default first.
Google are still working the kinks out of the multiple account sign-in process. There are links to help pages as well as a feedback form here: http://www.google.com/support/forum/p/Google%20Apps/thread?tid=717a33d414ae830f&hl=en
I've been using multiple sign-in feature for my Gmail and Google Apps accounts since they first unveiled it 6 months ago, and it's not bug-free yet. For example, if I log in to Gmail with my Apps account, which I want to act as the default account, and then visit a service like Youtube that doesn't support multiple sign-in and then log in with my "default" account, I get the "This service is not available" message. However if I instead try to log in to Youtube with my Gmail account, I'll get logged out of my Gmail for Apps session and logged into my other Gmail account.
There's no clear schedule for when or if these other services (e.g Google Groups, Maps, YouTube, Picasa, etc) but you can vote for which ones you want most at http://www.google.com/support/accounts/bin/static.py?page=suggestions.cs&issue=187838&bucket=16925
When you first start the
allow multiple sign-ins process, whichever account you are using, that will become your default account. So, if you want to change it, you need to switch off the multiple sign in function from each account, then start over from your preferred account.
To switch it off, go to the settings button in the top right corner, then
account settings. You will see
multiple sign-in = on with an edit button next to it. Hit
edit then turn it off. Do this for each account. Then sign out of whichever account you are in and sign into the preferred one.
Do the opposite to turn
multi.. back on. Then add the other accounts by going through the settings button again.
Google uses the first account that was signed in as the default account. (If an account is set to default, it should look like this in the account list:
<name> (Default) when you are not on that account). To change default account, just click on
Sign Out which will sign out all Google accounts currently signed in. You can then sign in again with your choice of the new default account.
Edit: You will only see
(default) next to your email if you are not on your default account.
What worked for me (2018, working with an "alias"):
Go to Settings
Go to Accounts
Under "Send mail as:" choose the address you want to be default, and click on "make default"
Right below that, choose "Always reply from default address"
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