Sign in to multiple accounts in Docs & Drive

If you're using Drive, Docs, Sheets, or Slides on the web or a mobile device, you can sign in to multiple accounts, for example a work and personal account, and switch between them. But, if you're using the Drive folder on your computer, you can only sign into one account at a time.

Add and switch between accounts

Drive on the web and the Docs, Sheets, and Slides homescreens

If you're using Drive on the web or a Docs, Sheets, or Slides homescreen, you can add multiple accounts and switch between them.

Add an account

  1. Sign in to Drive or to a Docs, Sheets, or Slides homescreen.
  2. Click your profile photo or email address at the top-right corner of the page.
  3. In the drop-down menu, click Add account.

    Account information while signed in to one account

  4. Enter the username and password for another account you want to access, and click Sign in.

Switch between accounts

  1. Sign in to Drive or to a Docs, Sheets, or Slides homescreen.
  2. Click your profile photo or email address at the top right of the page.
  3. Choose the account you'd like to sign in to.

    Account information while signed in to two accounts

Learn more about using multiple accounts at once.

Android or iOS

If you're using the Drive, Docs, Sheets, or Slides app on your phone or tablet, you can add and switch between multiple accounts.

Add an account

  1. Open the Drive, Docs, Sheets, or Slides app.
  2. In the top left, touch the menu icon .
  3. Touch your email address in the sidebar.
  4. Choose Add account.
  5. Follow the directions to sign in to another Google Account.

You will be returned to the app you started in and can now switch between accounts.

Note: When you sign in, your account will be signed in on the other Google apps on your device.

Switch between accounts

  1. Open the Drive, Docs, Sheets, or Slides app.
  2. In the top left, touch the menu icon .
  3. Touch your email address in the sidebar.
  4. Choose the account you want to use.

You will automatically be switched to the account you chose.

Drive folder on your computer

If you're using Drive on your Mac or PC, you can only be connected to one Google Account at a time. If you want to use Google Drive for your Mac/PC with a different account, disconnect the account you're signed in to and sign in to another account.

Disconnect and switch accounts

  1. Click the Google Drive icon google drive desktop icon.
    • On a Mac, the icon is usually found in the menu bar at the top right of your desktop screen.
    • On a PC, the icon is usually found in the taskbar in the bottom right of your desktop screen.
  2. In the top right, click the overflow icon .
  3. Select Preferences > Account.
  4. Click Disconnect account.
    • Your files will stay in your Google Drive folder on your computer after you disconnect your account, but any changes you make to the files won't sync to Google Drive on the web.
  5. Click Yes. Your account will be disconnected from Google Drive for your Mac/PC, but the application will remain installed.
  6. To sign in to another account, click the Google Drive icon google drive desktop icon and select Sign in.
  7. Rename your Google Drive folder (example: Google Drive Archive).
  8. Create a new folder titled Google Drive and don't add any files in the folder.

Your files will begin automatically syncing.

Note: We don't recommend disconnecting your account frequently since you'll need to create a new Google Drive folder every time you switch accounts.

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