If you have multiple Gmail accounts, you can switch between them at will. But a reader is having difficulty.

“I have a portable computer that has my Gmail account that I’ve used for years on it. I thought it might be a good idea to have a 2nd. Gmail account, so I set that up. But now I can only access the 2nd. Gmail account. I’d like to remove that one entirely and only have access to the older Gmail account. It has all of my previous contacts on it, and access to previous emails I’ve written & or received. You can probably see what the problem is, HOW DO I GET RID OF THE NEW GMAIL ACCOUNT? I’ve searched everything I can find on the GOOGLE site but couldn’t find any solutions there.”

First, it’s actually pretty easy to switch between Gmail accounts no matter what device you’re using. If you’re accessing via a browser, it doesn’t matter at all which computer you use because the information about the accounts is stored in the cloud, not on the computer. Your browser is just defaulting to the last account that was accessed.

Let me show you how to add an additional account and switch between them.

Open your Gmail inbox and click on the letter that represents your name in the upper-right portion of the inbox.


Click Sign out.


Choose Use another account.


Enter the email address and password.


In the future when you go to enter your account, you’ll be given the options of choosing the account you want to use.


Once you’re in the inbox, you can switch accounts by clicking the letter in the upper-right and choosing the account from the drop-down menu.


If you’d still rather delete that other Gmail account, you can click here for instructions.