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Samsung Galaxy S5: How to Switch Between Accounts in Gmail App in Android 4.4.2 Kitkat

If you have updated your Gmail app to the latest version, Gmail 5.0, you may notice that this app now has a new feature to add multiple accounts directly from the app itself. Multiple accounts let you have different accounts for different purposes or have different settings on each account. To facilitate you managing your multiple accounts, Gmail app lets you to use multiple sign-in to easily switch between accounts without having to sign out the currently used account just so you can sign in to the other one.

How to switch between accounts in Gmail app?
Assuming that you have added multiple Google accounts in your phone, then you can use these two common methods to switch between accounts in Gmail app: by dragging the profile photo and by tapping the email address.

Method #1: By dragging the profile photo
  1. Open Gmail app.
  2. Tap located at the top left corner of the screen.
  3. The profile photo of the currently used account is displayed in a bigger icon at the top left corner of the screen.
  4. If you have two accounts:
    • Drag the bigger profile photo to the right.
    • The primary inbox of the second account will be displayed.
  5. If you have more than two accounts:
    • Drag the bigger profile photo to the right.
    • Without lifting your finger from the screen, drag the bigger profile photo with another finger to the right to switch to another account.
    • When the required account is selected, release your finger and the primary inbox of the selected account will be displayed.

Method #2: By tapping the email address
  1. Open Gmail app.
  2. Tap located at the top left corner of the screen.
  3. Tap the currently used email address(it's located below the bigger profile photo).
  4. Other accounts will be listed above the Add account option.
  5. Tap the required account you want to sign in to.
  6. The primary inbox of the selected account will be displayed.

To distinguish the accounts, you can see the email address or set each account to have different profile pictures.


  1. I just stumbled across this blog and it has GREAT info - and it is all clearly presented! Thank you! I was wondering, do you know how, when you have more than one google account, to make the email notification icon that appears in the notification bar look different so you know immediately which account it is from? I figured out how to make the notification sounds different, but I'd love a diff looking icon as well for times when the phone is on silent (most of the time)


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