- 1 How Google Account Logins Differ Between Operating Systems, Specific Apps and Web Browsers
- 2 How to Sign Out of One Google Account Using Your Phone or Tablet
- 3 How to Sign Out of One Google Account via Web Browser Staying Logged in With Other Accounts
- 4 How to Sign Out of One Google Account in Your Web Browser (Quick Method)
Many of us use Google services for various purposes, such as Gmail, Google Drive, Google Photos, Google Calendar, and so on. Sometimes, we may need to access different Google accounts for different reasons, such as personal and work-related tasks. In this blog post, we will explore the benefits and disadvantages of being signed into more than one Google account at the same time on a PC and/or mobile device and how you can sign out of one specific Google account if needed.
How to Sign Out of One of Several Google Accounts
You can use multiple Google accounts on your mobile and PC simultaneously, but logging out of one Google account at a time is only possible with a workaround on the web. There Google requires you to log out of all accounts at once, even if you only want to sign out of one or two accounts. On Android or iOS devices as you can sign out of individual Google accounts separately. To help those who manage multiple accounts, we have a workaround that allows you to sign out of one Google account on any device. The tutorial below will show you how to log out from just one Google account on the web, saving you the hassle of logging out of all accounts at once.
How Google Account Logins Differ Between Operating Systems, Specific Apps and Web Browsers
If you use Google services such as Gmail, YouTube, Google Photos, Google Drive, etc., you might have noticed that the way you log in to your Google account varies depending on the device, app or browser you are using. In this blog post, we will explain how Google account logins differ between operating systems, specific apps and web browsers, and why these differences matter for your security and convenience.
One of the main factors that affect how you log in to your Google account is the operating system of your device. Different operating systems have different ways of storing and managing your account credentials and different levels of integration with Google services.
Windows: If you use a Windows PC or laptop, you can log in to your Google account through any web browser, such as Chrome, Firefox, Edge, etc. You can also use the Google app for Windows 11 / Windows 10, which lets you access some Google services such as Search, Maps, News, etc. without opening a browser. However, you cannot sync your Google account settings or preferences across different Windows devices, unless you use Chrome and sign in to it with your Google account.
Mac: If you use a Mac computer, you can also log in to your Google account through any web browser, or use the Google app for Mac, which has similar features as the Windows version. Additionally, you can add your Google account to the System Preferences app, which allows you to sync your contacts, calendars, notes and reminders with Google. You can also use the Mail app to access your Gmail account without logging in to a browser.
Linux: If you use a Linux computer, you can log in to your Google account through any web browser, but there is no official Google app for Linux. However, some Linux distributions, such as Ubuntu and Chrome OS, have built-in support for Google accounts. You can add your Google account to the Settings app and sync your files, contacts, calendars and other data with Google. You can also use the Gmail web app or the Thunderbird email client to access your Gmail account without logging in to a browser.
Android: If you use an Android smartphone or tablet, you can log in to your Google account through the Settings or Google apps. This allows you to access all the Google services that are available on Android devices, such as Gmail, YouTube, Photos, Drive, Play Store, etc. You can also sync your contacts, calendars, messages and other data with Google. You can switch between multiple Google accounts on the same device by tapping on your profile picture in any Google app.
iOS: If you use an iPhone or iPad, you can log in to your Google account through the Settings app or the Google app. This allows you to access some of the Google services that are available on iOS devices, such as Gmail, YouTube, Photos, Drive, etc. You can also sync your contacts and calendars with Google. However, some Google services are not available on iOS devices, such as Play Store and Play Music. You can switch between multiple Google accounts on the same device by tapping on your profile picture in any Google app.
Benefits of Staying Signed Into Several Google Accounts
One of the benefits of being signed into multiple Google accounts is that you can easily switch between them without logging out and logging in again. This can save you time and hassle, especially if you use different accounts for different services. For example, you can check your personal Gmail while working on a Google Docs document with your work account. You can also sync your data across different devices using the same account, such as your bookmarks, history, passwords, and preferences.
Another benefit of being signed into multiple Google accounts is that you can manage your online identity and privacy better. You can use different accounts for different purposes and audiences, such as your friends, family, colleagues, or strangers. You can also control what information you share with each account and what permissions you grant to each service. For example, you can use one account for your social media activities and another account for your online banking transactions.
However, being signed into multiple Google accounts also has some disadvantages that you should be aware of. One of the disadvantages is that you may get confused or mixed up with your accounts and services. You may accidentally use the wrong account for the wrong service or send an email to the wrong recipient. You may also forget which account you are using, or which account has access to which service. This can cause problems or embarrassment, especially if you deal with sensitive or confidential information.
Disadvantages of Staying Signed Into Several Google Accounts
Another disadvantage of being signed into multiple Google accounts is that you may compromise your security and privacy. You may expose your accounts to more risks of hacking, phishing, or malware attacks if you use multiple devices or public networks. You may also have more passwords to remember or manage, which can be challenging or inconvenient. You may also have more data to protect or delete if you want to close or delete your accounts.
How to Sign Out of One Google Account Using Your Phone or Tablet
You can use this method to sign out of one Google account on another device which could be another phone, tablet or PC. This also works if you want to log out from a specific Google account signed into a web browser on your phone. If you want to log out from the same account on your phone, you will have to use the accounts option on your device global settings and unlink your phone from your Google account, which is not helpful in most cases.
- Open the Gmail app and tap your profile picture
- Tap on “Manage your Google Account”
- Switch to “Security” and tap on “Manage all devices”
- Select the device or app session you want to log out from
- Tap “Sign out”
If the “Sign out” button is missing, please use another device or one of the web-browser methods.
How to Sign Out of One Google Account via Web Browser Staying Logged in With Other Accounts
You can use this method to sign out of one Google account on another device or web browser than the one you are currently using. If you want to sign out of a specific account in the browser that you are currently using, use another device or browser, and it will work.
- Navigate to your Google Account dashboard and click your profile picture
You can find it using the URL myaccount.google.com/security.
- Make sure to switch to the account you want to sign out from if you are currently using another one
- Scroll down to “Your devices” and click the device you want to sign out your Google account from
- Select the session/app you want to sign out from your Google account
- Click “Sign out”
How to Sign Out of One Google Account in Your Web Browser (Quick Method)
This method is generally the fastest one to log out of a specific Google account but comes with the disadvantage that you will need your username and password which is not the case for the other methods.
- Open a Google service such as Gmail and click your profile picture
- Select “Sign out of all accounts”
After that you can sign in just with the one account you want to use. If you want avoid that as it requires introducing your password, please use one of the other two methods.