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?

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    I suggest: Use different chrome profiles (applicable to 'Google chrome') May 16 '15 at 10:48
  • @AʟE. What is the idea of google-multi-login? At this time there is only this question with this tag.
    – Rubén
    Oct 11 '16 at 13:30
  • @Rubén: There are a lot of other questions that could be tagged with that. I just haven't gotten around to tagging them.
    – ale
    Oct 11 '16 at 13:42
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    @UjjwalSingh - Using Chrome isn't always an option. Often user's "work" computers will be locked-down with an approved suite of apps ONLY.
    – RayInNoIL
    Sep 10 '18 at 12:28
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    Is anybody else frustrated that this is so much more complicated than it should be? Come on google. Dec 22 '18 at 20:39

The first account you sign-in as will be default

To set your default Google account:

  1. Sign-out of all accounts
  2. 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:

  • Calendar
  • Code
  • Gmail
  • Reader
  • Sites
  • Voice


  • Google products not listed above will default to the first account that you signed in to using your current web browser session.
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    I think that this happens only the first time you log in with multiples accounts. Jul 11 '13 at 13:34
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    worked perfectly!
    – iajnr
    Oct 30 '13 at 12:02
  • I had to exit and re-enter Chrome to get the voice extension accept the new default.
    – mwengler
    Feb 18 '14 at 17:45
  • This works even if you're using Chrome profiles. My Chrome profile uses my personal Gmail account, but the default account it uses for Google logins is my work G Suite account.
    – Merchako
    Apr 24 '19 at 22:06
  • This doesn't seem to work if the one you want as your default is a Google Workspace account. As soon as I signed into my gmail account, it became the default over two other Google Workspace accounts that I'd signed into beforehand.
    – Translunar
    Dec 30 '20 at 16:17

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.

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  • It appears now this link is simply "sign out" - I clicked sign out and it signed me out of all accounts. Luckily, they were all still in the list of recent accounts so it was easy to sign back in to get the correct default.
    – corsiKa
    Jul 27 '17 at 20:09

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

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    "Google are still working the kinks out of the multiple account sign-in process" - 9 years later and they're still "working the kinks out"
    – Levi H
    Feb 6 '20 at 17:30

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.

  • This doesn't work with unsupported services yet. If you first set your google account to multiple sign-in and as default account and then set your youtube account to multiple sign-in as secondary account and then login to google account and then login to youtube account, the youtube account takes over the default account position and you are forced to switch accounts every time you want to view Igoogle with your google account settings. Highly annoying.
    – user13668
    Sep 27 '11 at 7:34

If you use Sync in Chrome, the account you sync Chrome with seems to be the default for Google apps like Keep, Drive, Gmail, etc.


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.

  • Not my down-vote, but that process does not work with latest Chrome.
    – rob
    Mar 13 '19 at 12:09

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"

  • This is answering a different question. Dec 28 '18 at 23:00

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