Nadia from Ukraine asks:
Sometimes I need to log into two different Gmail accounts simultaneously. As you know, whether you use Google Chrome or Firefox, once you have logged into a Google account, you are basically logged into everything Google. Whether you open Gmail or any other service offered by Google or any service you have logged into using your Google account, you are automatically logged into the same account.
Right now in order to open two different Gmail accounts at the same time I need to open two different browsers: Google Chrome and Firefox. Since I have just reinstalled my system and I am yet to install all the applications, I was just wondering, is there a way I don’t need to install multiple browsers just so that I can open two different Gmail accounts at the same time? Is there a way I can do it in the same browser whether I’m using Chrome or Firefox?
Since Google uses your session to log you into every service that uses Google as a credential source, it often becomes difficult and nearly impossible to log into another Gmail account while still logged into the one you recently logged into. Of course right now you can add another account by clicking your image at the top-right corner and in fact you can add as many accounts you feel like, you cannot open two different Gmail accounts at the same time using the same browser. Suppose you have logged into Gmail account A and you want to log into Gmail account B. You have added both A and B. The Gmail account that you have added but haven’t logged into can be clicked and when you click it, you log out of your present account and then you are logged in to the new account. This is not the solution you’re looking for, right?
But there is a workaround to what you want.
Suppose you want to log into two Gmail accounts in Google Chrome. You are already logged into one account and that chrome window is already opened. Now you can open another Chrome window in “Incognito mode”. As you might know, the “Incognito mode” is used if you want to do anonymous browsing and you don’t want your browser to save any sort of information. In the “Incognito mode” whatever is happening in your main browser window has no impact in the new window. What does that mean? It means if you want to open another Gmail account in this “Incognito mode” Chrome window, you can easily do that without being bothered about the first Gmail account that you have already used in the previous Chrome window. This way you can log into 2 different Gmail accounts at the same time in Google Chrome.
What about Firefox? You can apply the same trick even in Firefox. There you have “Private Browsing”. Open your Firefox window in that mode and this way you can achieve what you were able to achieve above in Google Chrome.