Google enables (some) multiple account sign-ins
Gmail and more, but mobile devices need not apply
Google is rolling out the much hoped-for capability of being able to sign into multiple accounts in the same browser.
According to a post on the unofficial Google Operating System blog, a Multiple Sign-In option is beginning to appear in the Personal Settings area of your Google Accounts page — and if it's not there yet (ours isn't), it will be soon.
This upgrade — which began to be tested just a few weeks ago — will be most welcome, perhaps, to users with multiple Gmail accounts, but other Google products are now capable of multi-account access, and more will be added over time.
In addition to Gmail, you can use multiple sign-in with the desktop, but not mobile, versions of some, but not all, Google products: App Engine, Code, Calendar, Reader, Sites, and Voice. Docs is listed as "coming soon". Other Googly tools and all mobile products will instead default to the first account with which you signed in.
There is, however, a workaround to non-supported Google products: the tried and true Chrome Incognito cookie-ignoring mode. Alternatively, of course, you can use multiple browsers or IE8's "new session" capability.
The multiple sign-in capability is still very much a work in progress, albeit a welcome one. A list of known issues includes the inability to use offline calendars or mail, problems with some Google gadgets, and more.
You can find more info on Google's Getting Started: Enabling Multiple Sign-In help page. ®
Hoorah !! (finally) - Do'h
great idea, about time, and typically doesn't work, the link "Go to the multiple sign-in settings page." takes you to a page whic says "The page you requested is invalid."
good reporting, sound article
i see your point, and i really really do, but...
I have three gmail accounts and it would be really handy to be able to have access to them all at the same time, and not have to log out of my main one, every time i want to check one of the others.
incidentally, it doesn't appear to be working. after clicking on the
Go to the multiple sign-in settings page.
link, i was given
The page you requested is invalid.
Another much-hoped-for capability in Gmail...
... is the option to turn off Conversations. This seems to have been a complete blind spot for Google over the years, quite reminiscent of the old IBM, and current Apple, view that "WE know what you want, and you don't."
Rumour had it two months ago that this option might be provided in a couple of months' time...