If you have more than one Gmail account, you may be growing weary of signing out of one to sign into another. Google has fixed that annoying issue with a new feature that lets you sign into multiple Google accounts from the same browser.
Google started testing the feature in July, and it officially rolled out on Tuesday. Multiple sign-in works for Gmail, Google Calendar, Google Reader, Google Sites, Google Voice, App Engine, and Google Code.
Google's main motivation may be driving business-user adoption of Google Apps. What does this mean for Google users? Multiple sign-in lets you open Gmail in multiple tabs, log in using different accounts, and read the messages from all your accounts without opening another browser.
"This allows various Google products to be used for different purposes. For example, it adds convenience and, to some degree, improved security if I use Gmail or Google Calendar for personal and business purposes," said Greg Sterling, principal analyst at Sterling Market Intelligence.
"Those can now can be managed by the multiple sign-in option on the same browser. I don't have to use multiple browser windows or keep signing in and out of Google to access different accounts for different purposes."
Opting In To Multiple Accounts
Google users need to opt in to begin using the multiple sign-in service on the Google accounts page. In the personal-settings area, users will see an option for "Multiple sign-in" that is set to Off by default. Users can activate the new feature by clicking on the Change link. Once enabled, a drop-down menu appears next to the e-mail address at the top of the page so users can switch to a new account quickly.
"If you use multiple sign-in, the first account you sign in to will be your default account," Google explains in its Help Center. "If you visit other Google products that don't support multiple accounts after you've signed in, you will automatically sign in to your default account for that product. If you sign out of any Google product while signed in to any account, you will be signed out of all your Google accounts at once."
Why did Google wait so long to implement what seems to be an obvious benefit for its users? Perhaps because it's not perfectly clean on the back end. Google disclosed some known issues related to multiple sign-in. Some of these issues may have slowed Microsoft and Yahoo from offering the service first.
For example, the multiple sign-in feature is not available on mobile devices. That's not a major drawback, but the fact that Google's Calendar gadget doesn't work properly in Gmail could deter some heavy Google Calendar users from opting for the multiple sign-in feature. Likewise, users who opt for the new feature can no longer use offline Gmail and offline Google Calendar, and the "not in Reader" bookmarklet only works for the default account.
Posted: 2010-08-13 @ 3:42pm PT
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Posted: 2010-08-05 @ 12:19pm PT
I am using Google Apps Premier Edition using my personal domain name, and I also have a free gmail.com account. I cannot find anything related to "Multiple sign-in" under "Settings" > "Accounts", etc. I've looked under all options and am not seeing it. Am I missing something.