If you have multiple Twitter, Facebook, or Google accounts, or accounts on any other website that you need to log into on a regular basis, you know it’s not as easy as it looks because you can only do it with only one account at a time. the time in a single browser window.
Although you can overcome this by loading a session in an incognito window or, if you are using Firefox, using other browser profiles or the excellent MultiFox extension, you may not be able to. same luck depending on the browser you are using. .
I briefly mentioned the multi-account login for Chrome back in October already. That’s what Multifox is for Firefox: a way to log into the same web service multiple times without changing browser windows or launching incognito mode.
Update: The author of the extension deleted it from the Chrome Web Store. Currently, there doesn’t appear to be a Chrome extension available that you can use instead. Instead, try the Redeem my cookies suggestion at the bottom of this page.
Multi-account login for Chrome
The Chrome extension adds an icon to the browser’s address bar that you can click to trigger its functionality. The icon itself is pretty generic, which shouldn’t be a problem if it’s the only one present, but if you have a lot of icons you may have trouble identifying.
Anyway, to use its features, follow these steps:
- Load the first instance of the web service you want to connect to as you always do. Complete the login process until you are logged in and can access the account.
- Click the Multi-Account Login icon in the address bar. This creates a new account tab that behaves independently from the rest of the browser.
- Reload the website and log in. You are now signed in to two different accounts on the same site in the same browser window.
- You can repeat the process as often as you like, there doesn’t seem to be any limit on this.
To note: Each time you click on the icon, a number is displayed there, unique to the tab. This indicates that the tab is unique and handled differently from all other tabs open in the browser.
The extension is really easy to use. The only downside to what I can say is that it won’t save session information when you close the web browser.
This means that once you restart it, you will be automatically logged out of any “excess” accounts.
If you need a permanent solution, try an extension like Swap my Cookies instead. While it doesn’t offer the option to log in at the same time, it allows you to easily switch between accounts whenever you feel the need to.
Managing multiple accounts in Chrome and accessing them at the same time is not as convenient as it could be. The multi-account login for Chrome adds an option to the browser to improve usability in this regard, and it does a good job in that regard, at least when it comes to individual browsing sessions.