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21 thoughts on “How to Set a Default Google Account For Multiple Gmail Account Users”

  1. Montina says:

    This was very helpful, thank you!

    1. Alok says:

      Good to know that it helped you out Montina.

  2. Becki says:

    Finally a solution! Thanks so much!

  3. Emma says:

    Hi. A bit late to this one but I found your instruction extremely useful, thank you! I’d tried so much to change my default address and couldn’t find anything on Google’s own help section. Then I came across your page. Thank you so much – hours of frustration is finally ended!

    1. Alok says:

      Hey Emma,

      It’s never been too late. Really appreciate your feedback and happy that it helped you out.

  4. Emily says:

    I have logged out of all 3 of my Gmail accounts, and then logged back into the one account I wish to be the default. But when I then go to Settings, before logging into my other accounts, it says I’m logged in under one of the other accounts. Though the other view says that account is not logged in. I’m losing my mind. What am I missing? I’m on a MAC, by the way.

    1. Alok says:

      I have not much idea about MAC but I can suggest you try to clear cache and cookies of your browser. And then again try login your Gmail accounts. It can solve your issue.

  5. Sakthi says:

    I was really puzzled and got mad in searching for an option to change my gmail account as default account instead of sister’s..Thank god.I have done it 🙂

  6. PleaseHelp says:

    This step is the one that does not work. 3. Now you just have to go to the Gmail log in page and log in with the account you want to set as your default account. The account you logged into at the very first will become your default account till you stay sign-in. *** When you do this step, GMail automatically fill in the account you DO NOT WANT. A big, big phukyou to Google for making this so complicated for so many people, just make a button that says, “SET AS DEFAULT ACCOUNT”.

  7. scott holmberg says:

    My question is What is the difference between ‘From’ and ‘Sent by’? And why does an email have both? Thanks

  8. Courtney says:

    is there a way to remove a default account that doesn’t belong to you? my sister used my laptop and some how set her account as default for it and i want to remove it from my computer but i cant seem to find a way to

    1. Alok says:

      Yes it is very simple. Firstly, Switch to that account (your sister’s account) and then signout. It will be removed from your list. And if there is still more ids remaining and you still don’t get your preferred account to be as default account. You need to signout all accounts first and then the very first sign-in you do it will be set as your default gmail account on your browser.

      1. Tim R says:

        I am having the same problem. My wife’s email is stuck as my firefox default google account. Doing as you suggest above fixes it for 5 minutes, but even after removing the wifey account, it keeps coming back, usually after about 5 minutes. Something more drastic must be required.

        Any ideas?

        Chrome is working as expected with my own google account. It is only a firefox issue.

        1. Alok says:

          If you are facing some unexpected issues then I suggest you to clear all caches, cookies and active logins of your firefox browser. It will definitely solve your this issue.

          1. Tim R says:

            >> Unexpected issues…
            Still no luck. I am using Firefox SYNC to sync my settings to multiple machines. I just created a new Win10 laptop with a fresh install of Win10 and installed Firefox. On the new fresh laptop, I logged into the preferred google account on Firefox first to get it set up correctly. Then I let it Firefox sync with my account that I use on multiple machines including the one with the wifey account problem. Once sync is complete, it immediately switches to the incorrect wifey google account.

            It seems to be more complex in my case, and maybe Firefox sync is the culprit… I’ll turn off firefox sync on that new laptop and see if I can make your suggestions work.

            (I am using X-Notifier to make switching between multiple webmails painless on Firefox)

          2. Alok says:

            Hello again Tim, normally this type issue don’t occur. But its better you go with firefox extensions then trying its own sync option. Or just switch to chrome browser.

          3. Tim R says:

            You are correct after all…..
            I am using X-Notifier plugin to Firefox to manage my 20 or so different email addresses. Somehow the offending wifey gmail account got bumped up to the top of the list and was logging in before my account. Fixing that fixed my issue.

  9. Gene says:

    No, seriously.
    There’s needs to be an easier way to switch the default account. How about a button in settings? Would that be too easy?

    1. Alok says:

      It is an easy one. In short you just have to make your first login with that account which you want to set as your default account.

  10. Colleen Chapman says:

    Thank you so much for this advice. It was driving me crazy and I looked everywhere to switch my default account. Happy teacher here today.

    1. Alok says:

      “Happy teacher here today” lols… Thanks Colleen for this sweet feedback. Happy visiting here, keep visiting and keep sharing.

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