Add Second Gmail Account to Android

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Nearly all Android users have at least one Gmail account. When setting up a new or used device, users are required to add a Google account for both security and personalization purposes. There are a significant number of people who have multiple Gmail addresses; perhaps for work, personal, school, etc. If you're one of these people, and you actively used more than one Gmail account, it only makes sense to add it (or them) to your primary mobile phone or tablet. There's no reason to have to sign in to computer or laptop to check those work emails when you can use your device.

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In the following VisiHow tutorial, we'll go through the steps of adding a second Gmail account to your Android-powered device. For this guide, we used a Google Pixel running Android 8.1.0.

Add Another Gmail Account on Android

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    From the home screen or app tray, tap the "Gmail" shortcut.
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    With the Gmail app open, tap the hamburger menu icon in the upper left corner.
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    When the left panel options open, tap the drop-down arrow to the right-side of your current Gmail account, then tap "Add account".
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  4. 4
    On the Set up email screen, tap "Google".
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    Once the Sign in screen appears, enter the Gmail account you wish to add, then tap "NEXT".
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    Now enter your password, then tap "NEXT" once again.
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    On the following screen you'll be given the option to add your phone number. From this screen you can; add your number, view more options, or skip to the next step.
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    In our example, we selected "MORE OPTIONS". If you decide to add your phone number, follow the on-screen proceeding instructions, then skip to step # 10. If you select "SKIP", go to step # 10 of this section.
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    On the MORE OPTIONS screen you're given a few different options to choose. Read through each one (if you didn't add your number or tap skip in the previous step), tap the radio button next to the options that best suit your preferences, then tap "DONE".
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    If you selected one of the two options that required you to add your number, follow the instructions, then proceed to the next step of this section.
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    Once you've either added your phone number or skipped the option you'll be on Google's Terms of Service and Privacy Policy screen. Review the TOS and Privacy Policy, then tap "I AGREE".
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    If you use other Google services on your device, such as Google Docs, you may see a notification requesting permission to access your newly added Gmail account. You'll still be able to use your second Gmail account without issue if you allow or deny the permission request.
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Switching Between Different Gmail Accounts

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    Open the "Gmail" app.
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    Once Gmail is open, tap the hamburger icon in the top left corner.
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    With the left pane menu visible, tap the drop-down arrow next to the Gmail account that is currently open, then select your other account.
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Confirm New Sign in

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Whenever you add another Gmail account to your device, you'll receive a security alert email from Google. This is standard, and you'll only see this email once.

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    Launch the "Gmail" mobile app.
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  • 2
    Select the new account you just added, then open the email from Google with the subject "Security alert".
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  • 3
    With the email open, scroll down and tap "CHECK ACTIVITY" button/link.
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  • 4
    On the Sign in screen your recently added Gmail address should auto-fill. However, if it doesn't, type it, then tap "NEXT".
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  • 5
    Next, your password should also auto-fill but if it doesn't, enter manually, then tap "NEXT".
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  • 6
    Here on the Review device screen, check to ensure that the device and location are correct (they should be if all the previous steps were followed correctly). If everything looks good, tap "YES" under Do you recognize this activity?.
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    When you see the "You're all set!" message, tap "Back" to return to your inbox, then delete the message.
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  • Tips, Tricks, and Warnings

    • When using multiple Gmail accounts, always be sure you double check that the right email address is selected before composing and sending out a message.
    • If you decide not to add your phone number, you can still do it anytime via the Users & accounts section from the Settings app. You can also add your phone number through Settings inside Gmail.

    If you have problems with any of the steps in this article, please ask a question for more help, or post in the comments section below.

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