If you have more than one gmail account for different purposes then the primary problem which you will face is not being able cannot log in to multiple accounts simultaneously if you are using one browser. Hence today we will try to explore various ways and corresponding tools to manage multiple gmail accounts simultaneously and productively too.
Now the most obvious solution to this could be opening another browser (if you have another one installed) and checking your other gmail account in that. However this may not be convenient and productive.
One good solution is to merge the other gmail account into your primary gmail account and manage it through that. This way you would never need to log in to your other account. I have explained this process elaborately in my post: Switch To A Gmail Account Without Changing Your Original Email Address . Here you can consider the email addresses to be your primary and secondary gmail address and manage it accordingly. Now when you do this, make sure you create a filter for your secondary email address and make it ‘ skip the inbox ‘ so that you do not get all the mails in your main inbox. This can be repeated for 5 such addresses.
One more easy way to do it could be using the forward all mail option in your secondary gmail account and forwarding them to your primary account. And also make sure you create a similar filter in this case too. And if you do it this way, you can do it for any number of gmail accounts. Although for personal use, I think its highly unlikely that you have more than 2 or 3 gmail accounts.
If you would really want to keep both the gmail accounts aloof, then we do have some tools which help you do it productively :-
IE Tab Firefox Extension
The IE tab firefox extension helps you to embed Internet explorer in firefox. It creates a small icon in your firefox status bar which when clicked opens a new tab which behaves like IE browser. And there you can actually open your other gmail account because it doesn’t have the same firefox cookies. You can further customize the settings of this add-on.
Gmail Assistant is a notifier for multiple Gmail and Google Apps email accounts. It is a free open source software written in Java and notifies you with a pop up if you get an email in any of your gmail accounts.
Gmail Manager For Firefox
Gmail manager is a firefox extension which has similar functions as Gmail Assistant. As it says ” Allows you to manage multiple Gmail accounts and receive new mail notifications. Displays your account details including unread messages, saved drafts, spam messages, labels with new mail, space used, and new mail snippets. ”
Cookie Pie Firefox Extension
Cookie Pie extension enables you to maintain different cookies storage in different tabs and windows, thereby enabling you to open different email accounts in different tabs. The developers of this extension have given a good presentation on their site with a video too.
I think the above methods and tools could be helpful if you have more than one gmail account. Do you use any other method to manage multiple gmail accounts other than the aforesaid methods? Let me know in the comments.