Manage multiple Google accounts at IU

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Switch between accounts

In order to accomplish different tasks, students, faculty, and staff who have multiple Google accounts (such as Google at IU accounts, personal Google accounts, or other business or school accounts) will likely need to switch between these accounts.

Always use your Google at IU account when conducting Indiana University coursework and other university business. Personal Google accounts are not approved for institutional data.

Be sure to verify (in the upper right) which account you're logged into when working in Google. By default, Google keeps you logged in, even when you close your browser, unless you sign out first. Thus, for example, you may be logged into your personal account, even when starting from You may wish to add a profile picture for each of your accounts to help differentiate between them; for instructions, see Add a profile picture.

  • In the browser: You can sign into multiple accounts in your browser and switch between them as needed. For instructions, see the "Add your Google Accounts", "Switch between accounts", and "Ways to tell your accounts apart" sections of Google Help's Sign in to multiple accounts at once.
    Some accounts may have access to apps that other accounts don't. If you are denied access to an app that you've used previously, you may need to switch accounts. Alternatively, you may find it simpler to use different web browsers for each account (for example, Chrome for Account A and Firefox for Account B).
  • In mobile apps: Different mobile apps require different methods for switching between accounts. For instructions, see:
  • On the desktop: If you wish to use the Google Drive app to sync your Google Drive files to your computer, you will need to choose one account to sync (multi-account syncing is not available). To switch between accounts, you will need to disconnect the currently logged in account and then log in with the account you wish to sync going forward.

Add a profile picture

To add a picture to your Google account:

  1. While logged into the desired Google account, visit
  2. Hover your mouse over the shield image in the middle of the page, and a camera icon should appear. Click it to open the Select profile photo menu.
  3. Select a photo from your computer, and click Set as profile photo.
If your picture appears in some places but not others, try clearing your browser's cache. If the issue persists, contact your campus Support Center.

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Last modified on 2019-04-01 12:28:48.

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