If you’re trying to login to Gmail with another account, chances are that the screenshot a bit further down below on this page will look familiar (and slightly confusing) to you. You may feel a bit unsure about the purpose of the button that says “Add account” at the bottom of the page. Well, you’re not alone!
Update: Google has now made it possible to work with multiple Gmail accounts at once. Feel free to read up about it in my article on logging in with a different user in Gmail.
Anyway, the image below illustrates the point being made here. There are a number of Google accounts to choose from and right underneath those you will find the buttons to “Add account” and “Remove”.
Many people don’t know how to proceed if they want to login to Gmail with another account than the ones already listed. The button “Add account” may indeed be a tiny bit confusing to say the least because the notion of “adding” an account seems to convey the message that you will be creating a new Gmail account when you click the button.
There’s no reason to get stuck here as the answer is indeed hidden behind the “Add account” button. So if you need to login to Gmail with another account than the ones already on your screen, you must indeed proceed by clicking the “Add account” button.
Agreed, even then what comes next may seem a bit confusing, but don’t worry, you’re not going to break anything.
Clicking the “Add account” button will take you to the next screen, which will look a lot like what you see in the image below. At this point, a lot of people start thinking that they are not on the right track to login to Gmail with another account because the blue “Create account” link at the bottom looks an awful lot like something that will lead to creating a NEW account.
There’s no reason to worry though, you won’t be using the “Create account” link here. What you do need to do in order to proceed is simply type the e-mail address of your Gmail account that you’re trying to access and then click next to continue.
In the next screen Google will prompt for the password that goes with the account (like in the image below) so type your Gmail account password there are click the “Sign in” button.
(Please note that the blue “Sign in with a different account” link below the sign in box still offers you the chance to sign in with yet another account at this point.)
Anyway, as soon as you’ve entered your Gmail e-mail address and account password, the “Sign in” button will directly take you to your Gmail inbox.
You’ll also note that the next time you navigate to the Google log on screen on the same computer and with the same browser (Google doesn’t remember your accessed accounts across browsers), your last used Gmail account will also be listed in the list of Google accounts to choose from.
That wraps it up, but I guess that the takeaway here is that you shouldn’t be stuck at the “Add account” link in the Google login screen when you are trying to login to Gmail with another account. Even though it may seem counter intuitive to click an “Add account” button when simply trying to “Use” another account, it doesn’t make a lot of sense to be blocked at the Google sign in screen.
As is often the case with pesky little computer problems, it doesn’t hurt to simply TRY something to get unstuck rather than being halted at a login screen. Again: you can’t break anything so often trying a certain action is the key to moving forward.
I hope this article has helped someone and if you’d like to leave a short comment in the section below, I would be grateful, thank you!