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?
The first account you sign-in as will be default
To set your default Google account:
- Sign-out of all accounts
- Sign-in to your preferred account; this will be your default
Google mentions this when you attempt to login with another account, it says the following (see below):
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.
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.
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.
This is a workaround and not a solution but for me it solved the problems that made me want to change the default account.
At the end of each google service url you have
so for instance you might have
https://mail.google.com/mail/u/1/ The number portion is a local id that relates to each login you have registered to your machine. To change the login for each service, change the number.
I then save the services as bookmarks as 'gmail work' or 'docs personal' with the correct
/u/id/ number in the url.
In Firefox this works well because I can search my bookmarks in the address bar. This gives me the correct account and service and I am assured I have opened the correct google service with the correct user, eg
*gmail work and that will open gmail to my work account (and avoid those embarrassing moments where I accidentally write my personal romantic poems in my work's gdrive account!)