Google testing multiple account login support for Google services

Google is reportedly testing a new feature which would allow users to sign into Google applications with more than one Google account at a time - something not currently officially available, although messy workarounds do exist.

Currently Google users have to log out and re-login again if they wish to use another Google account, but this new feature -- currently being tested with a limited number of Google users and first spotted by an unofficial Google fan blog, Google Operating System -- could prove a welcome relief for those with more than one account, reportedly allowing users to sign in with multiple Google accounts on a limited range of Google services, including Gmail, Google Calendar, Google Reader, Google Docs, Google Sites and Google Code.

Google's new multiple accounts tool. (Credit: Google OS)

A Google spokesperson told GigaOm the feature will be rolling out to everyone "soon", with "many customers" currently testing the feature and providing Google with feedback.

“Back in May we announced that we will be rolling out changes to our infrastructure for Google Apps accounts, giving Google Apps users access to many more services," a Google spokesperson told GigaOm.

"We’re currently testing this feature with many customers to get feedback on the user experience. We look forward to bringing this big improvement to the rest of our customers soon, but we have nothing further to announce at this time."

Google Operating System notes those with the new multiple account support can visit their Google accounts page to setup the tool, although also says Gmail isn't supported when offline mode is enabled.

Image Credit: Google Operating System

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You can do it in Youtube.

I did. I have a normal youtube account, then I went into my settings untied my @gmail.com account and then tied my new @mydomain.com account to it.

Done.

Aww, want this for YouTube. I had to make a new YouTube account as I liked to use the same Google account for my Google Homepage and YouTube

TechDudeGeorge said,
Aww, want this for YouTube. I had to make a new YouTube account as I liked to use the same Google account for my Google Homepage and YouTube

I meant use a different account for each

dhan said,
obbligatory: so they are copying Microsoft again...

Microsoft doesn't let you enable which services that you can use that account on with a fine tooth comb which is part of what the new change is going to bring.

shinji257 said,

Microsoft doesn't let you enable which services that you can use that account on with a fine tooth comb which is part of what the new change is going to bring.


This I would enjoy. I'm thinking of switching from one Live ID to another and I'm gonna have to change all my services over.

I can confirm it being rolled out to Google Testers already.

I personally have been testing it for nearly 3 weeks now, and in general it is awesome. Being able to login to any Google service using the same Google Apps login.

But to those who are thinking of trying be very very very careful, I have had a handful of major bugs, most of which are now sorted out thou.

My main issue right now is a lack of access to Google Checkout. This is stopping me from upgrading to a premier account at the moment.

For known issues check here: http://www.google.com/support/...tic.py?page=known_issues.cs

Northgrove said,
"Google Operating System", what a strange name for a blog covering Google in general.

The whole ecosystem is an operating system loosely defined. Get over it, do you really have to nitpick that much? By that standard I could keep bashing on Neowin for having the word "win" in it when it caters to all operating systems in general?

My wife users her Google Apps login without any problems on her Android phone. Admittedly she hasn't purchased anything from the marketplace though. Only free apps.

I just want Google to make Google Apps accounts act like other Google accounts. My Chrome settings are saved in my email@domain.com docs account which I do not use. I do use though email@domain.com. Yes they are the same email address but for some reason I have two Docs accounts with the same email address. Chrome doesn't know anything about my Google Apps Docs account, instead its created a whole new Docs. Google are on about sorting all this, but it couldn't come any sooner imo.

YES! hopefully this will solve the old 'using an google apps login on your android phone = no marketplace purchases!' issue!

duddut2 said,
YES! hopefully this will solve the old 'using an google apps login on your android phone = no marketplace purchases!' issue!

What?
That's not an issue, I'm using my google account for Android, checkout/market, mail, reader and everything - no issues.

Alastyr said,

What?
That's not an issue, I'm using my google account for Android, checkout/market, mail, reader and everything - no issues.

He is talking about the google apps hosted login. Not the standard google accounts.

Val Thе Awеsome said,
There is a greasemonkey script already that does this.

Yes but the primary reason for the infrastructure change was to allow users to use their google apps account as a full fledged google account. I just hope they let me merge the stuff together. At this time they use the same email address and password and beyond docs and stuff there is no overlap.

I want the ability to merge my 2 google accounts. One was purely created for Google Checkout (which for some reason it didn't allow me to use my already existing Google Account), and then I have my main Google Account.