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Many people these days have more than one Google account. You likely have a personal account, work account, perhaps even a university or school account. There’s nothing wrong with this, but it can get a little frustrating. By default, Google makes the first Google or Gmail account you log into as the default. If that’s not your most-used account, you’ll end up having to manually switch accounts a lot.

Switching the default Google account

To remedy this, today we’re going to show you how to change the default Google account in your browser. It’s a surprisingly convoluted process, but you’ll save yourself a lot of time for just a few minutes of work.

Changing the Google account will also change your default Gmail account, so you won’t have to keep staring at the wrong inbox whenever you start your browser. Let’s start with the tutorial:

How to Make a Different Google Account the Default

To make Google or Gmail sign in with a different account by default, you’ll have to sign out of all existing accounts and then sign into your required default first. Unfortunately, there doesn’t appear to be an easier way than this, so make sure you know the passwords to all of your accounts before we start.

Once you’re reading, follow along to learn how to switch your default Google account.

  1. Go to the Google homepage, press your profile picture and click “Sign out”

    When you sign out of your Google account, they won’t be removed entirely, but will instead show the “Signed out” next to them.

    Windows 11 - Google.com - Profile - Sign Out

  2. Press the blue “Sign in” button in the top-right corner

    Windows 11 - Google.com - Sign in

  3. Select your desired account or click “Use another account” if it’s not on the list

    Windows 11 - Google.com - Sign in - Choose Account

  4. Enter your account credentials and press “Next”

    Windows 11 - Google.com - Sign in - Choose Account - Password - Next

  5. You have now changed your default Google / Gmail account

    You can sign into other accounts as you wish, but the one you just signed in with will remain the default.

    Windows 11 - Google.com - Sign in - Choose Account - Password - Next - Result

Extra: How to Use Google Docs Offline

With that quick guide out of the way, you may want to try some of our existing Google content. This guide will show you how to edit your Google Docs offline.

Extra: How to Use Google Calendar on Windows Desktop

If you’re a Windows user, you can also consider following our guide on how to use Google Calendar via your built-in Calendar app. That way, you won’t even need to open the browser.