Justin Garrison
March 11, 2013

A Better Way to Handle Multi Sign In

Posted on March 11, 2013  •  3 minutes  • 456 words

Google has a cool feature to let you sign into multiple accounts at once , but in practice it really sucks. Here’s why, and also a better way to manage multiple Google accounts.

It Sucks Because

How to Make it Better

Chrome and Firefox have the ability to set up multiple user profiles . In Google Chrome go to the settings and click add a new user.


Once you do you’ll have new icon in the top left corner (at least in Chrome) with the icon for the new user. Click this drop down to select your new users and you’ll be prompted to sign into your Google account to start syncing your data. Each profile will be able to sync bookmarks, open tabs, search engines, passwords, and extensions individually so you don’t have to worry about opening your browser at home and seeing all your research tabs from work.Using multiple profiles allows you to have multiple windows open each with their own Google profile signed in. Any mailto, calendar, or docs links will open in the browser window (and Google profile) of the last active window.You now have the ability to also open multiple private browsing windows (one for each profile) for testing websites without cache, and logging in with additional credentials. Don’t want to test a new browser extension with your Google Apps domain admin user? Test it, and its security, on your personal account first without worrying about it stealing confidential information.

Why It’s Still Not Perfect


I have been using this method of managing my browsing habits and Google accounts for about a year now and I would never go back to the old multi sign on method. Got any tips for Google account management and browser syncing? Please leave them in the comments.

Originally published at 1n73r.net  on March 11, 2013.

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