Default Google Account: Quick Guide on Changing It
- Apr 01, 2022
You can have multiple Google accounts on one Android device and switch between them with a couple of taps as needed. It is pretty easy to do. However, changing the default profile can be quite problematic. This process is not as intuitive as switching between your accounts. The fact is that the ID, which is fixed as default, does not have any special marks on portable devices as it has on PCs or laptops. If you don’t remember which profile it is, it can lead to a bit of confusion. So that you always answer calls and save files from the desired account, we have compiled a detailed guide for you.
Default Account Replacement
The default ID is the one that was added to a system first. All others are optional. However, in the process of using a smartphone, you can easily forget which is which. To change or replace the default account, you will have to delete all the others and then add them back manually. It is really not the most convenient way, but, unfortunately, there are no other options.
Take the following steps to remove IDs:
- open the settings of your device and find the “Google” line;
- you will be redirected to the page of one of your accounts. Click on the small down arrow next to your email address;
- in the menu that appears, click “Manage accounts” to see all the profiles that are on this device;
- select the ID you want to delete first, and then click “Remove account”;
- follow the described steps with all other profiles except one.
The remaining ID will be set as default in all applications on your smartphone or tablet. Please note that when you delete a Google account, all information associated with it on the device is removed as well: contacts, browser history, bookmarks, etc. Therefore, it is recommended to enable profile synchronization on your devices before deleting. Then, after reconnecting, you can quickly restore all the data.
Now that you’ve set the default profile, you need to add all other accounts to the device. To do it, follow our instructions:
- open the settings of your smartphone or tablet again and find the “Google” option;
- next to the email address, click the small arrow to open the account management settings;
- in the menu that appears, you need to pick “Add another account”;
- after that, you should verify your identity as the legal owner of the device using a PIN or fingerprint;
- then, enter an additional address and password for this account.
If the two-factor authentication option were previously activated on this profile, you would have to go through additional verification. After that, an extra ID will appear on your smartphone. Repeat the above steps with all other addresses you have. The device will perceive all these profiles as additional and not confuse them with the main account. In case you forget again which profile is set as default, you will have to repeat these steps again. Although perhaps by that time, Google will somehow work on this mechanic and make it more convenient.
As you can see, changing the default account on Android can be a real headache, especially if you have five or more profiles. Although the process itself is quite simple, it will definitely take some time. It’s quite annoying to remove them all and then add them again. Moreover, not everyone remembers passwords or saves them in password managers. However, Android does not offer other options. In our opinion, it would be possible to mark at least the ID that was added first so that it stands out from the rest.
Have you ever changed your default account? Do you agree with our thoughts that Google and Android could somehow simplify this process?