How do I manage more than one Gmail account? [ASK MR. NOOBIE]

QUESTION: Hey thanks for the tip on opening up more than one Gmail at a time! That is a good tip! So that led me to ask you this question. I have an older Gmail account I created for a online game I was playing. Over a year’s time I incorporated receiving two more email accounts into that Gmail account so I could check them all when I traveled for work. So I have that Gmail set up perfectly with saved categories.

Now we are shifting over to another phone service so I have to give up an email I have had for 15 years. I tried to make another Gmail address with the same name (as my old email account thru the phone company) but it starts only with a new Gmail setup that I have to switch to get to. I cannot have it on the same Gmail site with my saved categories and the mail comes in separately.

So after all of this I am wondering how to get the new Gmail address to come in on the same setup I have. Will both email addresses of Gmail be able to show up on the same page? Thanks. – Pamela from Crestone, Colorado

ANSWER: Wow, that’s a lot to pack into one question! But lucky for you, I understand completely what you are asking.

I’m going to assume for the purposes of my answer that you don’t want to use the Gmail addresses you created for playing online games as your personal email account. Otherwise, the solution is simple. Just use that Gmail address as your only email address and be done with it.

But if you truly want to have two Gmail accounts you better be prepared to jump through a few hoops to make it work right. Namely because Google still doesn’t like you to have more than one Google account. Google has made improvements on this front by allowing things like multiple logins but you still have to constantly switch back and forth between accounts which, in my opinion, is a pain the rear end.

I suggest one of the following solutions. I’m not sure one is better than the other so just pick whichever one you think will give you the most bang for the buck.

Solution #1: Forward one Gmail to the other

To use this solution, log into your Gmail account you use for your online gaming. Go into the settings and find the option to forward all incoming mail to another email address. Enter your new Gmail address (the personal one) and save your settings. You may be required to verify the email address before this feature is completely enabled.

Gmail Settings Forwardin

Once this is complete, the only Gmail account you’ll need to use is your new, personal one. Any email sent to the online gaming address will automatically be forwarded to this account. If you are feeling particularly daring you can also set up automatic labels to help identify any email coming in from your other account.

Solution #2: Use separate browsers

This is more a workaround than a solution but I know several people (including myself) that use this solution. If you need to be logged into more than one Google account at a time, just open one account in Google Chrome and another in Firefox (or Internet Explorer or Safari). The two browsers are independent of one another so Google will have no problem with you being logged into separate accounts in each browser.

Solution #3: Log out, log in, log out, log in

This is probably the most time consuming and frustration solution but it will work. The only thing required here is that you log out of each Gmail account before you log in to the new one. Rinse and repeat each time you want to switch to the other Gmail account.

Solution #4: Enable multiple sign-in

If you look at the settings for your Google acount (which is not the same as the settings for your Gmail account), you should find an option to enable multiple sign-in. If you do this with both of your accounts you should be able to switch back and forth between them in the same browser. This might be easier than logging in and out every time but it still won’t accomplish having both accounts show up on the same screen.

My recommendation

If it were up to me, I would go with solution #1. Especially if you only use the first Gmail address for signing up for online games.

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