Something I’ve only come across recently (laugh now if you’ve been using it for a while!) is the ability to have multiple Chrome or Firefox user accounts on one computer. Sounds simple, but it turns out there a lot of advantages to using this when you manage multiple SEO clients, or multiple accounts of any online variety, or even just multiple email accounts. I’m going to go over those benefits in this post and also explain how to set everything up yourself.
In 5 minutes time you won’t have to keep logging in and out of accounts!
So why bother reading the how to? (scroll me down quick – I’m convinced already!)
- Bookmarks, plugins, passwords, history and settings are saved to the account
- Bookmarks, plugins, passwords, history and settings are automatically synced
- You can log in on any computer that has the browser installed
- Account log ins could be shared amongst the team so everyone has up to date information
- Alert shows if the account is being used by another computer at the same time
- You can have lots of accounts open at the same time – all in different windows and shown individually across the task bar
- When you get a new computer you don’t have to export your bookmarks and try to remember to then reinstall all your plugins, setting and themes – all you need to do is log in!
- You no longer need to use the ‘incognito’ option to get around having two Google Accounts open at the same time
So here’s how you do it, although I’ve only written up how to do it in Chrome because that’s what my data says you all use! For those of you not in the 43%, Firefox is very similar so I’m sure you can work it out!
How to save all your current Chrome settings within one log in:
- Go to Chrome ‘Settings’:
- Under ‘Sign in’ click ‘sign in to Chrome’
- In the pop up box sign in to your Google Account
How to set up Chrome accounts for each of your clients:
- Go to Chrome ‘Settings’
- Under ‘Users’ click ‘Add new user’
- If you already have a gmail or Google account for the client sign in with that, if not click ‘Create Google Account’
- You’re then signed in and ready to go!
- Repeat for remaining clients – but you can now use the shortcut to creating a new user that is located under the image that now appears in the top left of your signed in browser window (see image with users further down)
You can change the specific settings for each log in and also customise what pages open when you open the browser under this user.
Sites to open on start up
If you want to ensure that every time you open this users browser you quickly have access to a certain set of pages, here’s how to set it up:
- First open all the pages you want to open automatically for that client
- Go to Settings
- Under ‘On Start Up’
- Click ‘Open a specific page or set of pages’
- Click ‘use current pages’ or enter URLs if they’re not open
To navigate between users look for the image in the top left hand corner of Chrome – each user will have a different image and the email address listed, like so (and no, I didn’t choose the nicknames and images they have, I just haven’t got round to renaming them!):
There are some things to bear in mind when doing this:
- Each user has it’s own settings page so you might need to edit the settings for each new user to set what to open, the default search engine, and other settings.
- Plugins are custom to each user so you might want to install the some plugins on all users
- If you need to set up multiple Google Accounts you may prefer to put your email address in the secondary email address field, this means you don’t have to verify by phone (useful if you don’t have a direct line or you have used the same phone number too many times already). I also found that this is useful when you forget what email address you used to create the user account! You can get all associated gmail addresses emailed to you.
- You can have multiple users logged in to Chrome at once, they appear in the task bar with their relevant image – this is how this looks in Windows 7:
So there you have it, lots of accounts with their own settings and all their passwords saved. Now you can easily be logged in to multiple accounts at once and not have to remember any passwords!