How to change your default Google account

Devon Delfino/Business InsiderYou can change your default Google account in a few quick steps, choosing which account you prioritise and see first on a device.


A new job, a new life direction, a new priority – circumstances change, and sometimes that means a certain Gmail account needs to become your top priority.

That’s when it’s time to change your default Google account and therefore prioritise a certain one over any others you have. That way, you’ll see those emails first, but you’ll be able to switch over to your other linked accounts whenever you want.

Luckily, it’s super easy to set a new default account on your device (but you have to know all of your logins in order for the process to go smoothly, so be sure to double-check those before diving in). It should only take a few minutes to accomplish. Here’s how to do it.

How to change your default Google account

1. Go to google.com or mail.google.com and click on your profile picture or icon (located in the top-right corner of the screen).

Google driveDevon Delfino/Business InsiderClick your profile picture or icon in the top right corner of your screen.

2. Sign out of it, as well as any other Gmail accounts you’re signed into.

Devon delfinoDevon Delfino/Business InsiderSign out of all of your Google accounts.

3. Sign back into the account you want to be your new default, then sign back into another one of your accounts

SCREENSHOT CHANGE DEFAULT GOOGLE 4Devon Delfino/Business InsiderSign back into your chosen default account first, then sign into your other accounts.

4. To verify that your intended account is now set as the default, click on your profile picture (located in the top-right corner of any Gmail inbox.) It should list an email address and below that in parenthesis it should say “default.”

SCREENSHOT CHANGE DEFAULT GOOGLE 6Devon Delfino/Business InsiderYour default account will now be listed as ‘(default).’

Signing back in this way will get the job done. You can subsequently sign back into all of your other Google accounts without messing up your new setup.

Remember: The default can be different from device to device, and the method described above will only apply to the device you complete the steps on. So if you want to update the default for all of your devices, you’ll have to do that individually.

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