Managing Multiple Gmail Accounts with Firefox

Gmail, Google’s free email service has turned out to be one of the most popular free email clients in use today. The main reason behind this being the simplicity of the interface and the spam filter that’s spot on most of the time. Depending on each individual we sometimes manage multiple accounts for managing different services and for conversing with different people. For your personal friends you might manage one gmail account and another one for online services for example.

With me for example I manage several Gmail accounts, one for Computer Realm Software, a separate email address for the Banner Service, another for the primary contact email for Computer Realm and another mail account to manage online services. (Read this post if you would like to know how to use gmail to manage custom email domains).

Thus, managing several email accounts using one browser can turn out to be a real hassle logging out and logging back in to check each email address. Thankfully there are several ways to manage multiple gmail accounts easily, if you use Firefox that is.

Gmail Manager Screenshot

Gmail Manager is a handy Firefox addon that lets you manage several Gmail accounts via a compact firefox addon that rests on your status bar. Notifications can be customized to have sounds and popup from the status bar to keep you always updated on your mail accounts.


Very similar to Gmail Manager, except it gives you only your unread mail count and that’s it while Gmail Manager gives you snippets of new mail messages as well.


This method is recommended if you manage maybe two or three gmail accounts at one time. IE Tab is an addon for Firefox that lets you load the Internet Explorer rendering engine installed in your system in a tab in Firefox. As it uses IE’s engine it uses IE’s cookie’s as well and so lets you simultaneously login to two Gmail accounts at one time.

Similar to IE Tab however, Cookie Pie lets you manage multiple cookie sessions letting you switch between gmail accounts more conveniently. However I found it to be very buggy causing errors with cookies when used.

The use of the above addons can let you manage multiple Gmail accounts very effectively and simple. I personally prefer Gmail Notifier, what’s your preference?

About Luke
is a Software Developer and the main writer behind Computer Realm.

16 Comments on Managing Multiple Gmail Accounts with Firefox

  1. Lindsay @ Addiction Rehab Blog // January 17, 2009 at 12:30 am //

    Thanks for the tip. Gmail is great but I do find managing several gmail accounts annoying (only being able to sign into one at a time).

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  2. Busby SEO Test // January 17, 2009 at 8:42 am //

    great i just know this tips very helping me because i have many gmail account thankyou

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  3. Random Blog // January 17, 2009 at 5:36 pm //

    I love Gmail’s spam filter, but lucky for me I only have the one main account to worry about at the moment :)

  4. I have 2 accounts and this plugin is very useful. Hope it don’t crash the FF.

  5. Build your own swimming pool // January 28, 2009 at 1:00 am //

    Very cool information thanks. Right now I have several gmail accounts, but I login and out to get to them. I love gmail for catching spam and ease of use and this makes my life even easier.

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  6. Gmail is great, and thanks for the tips

  7. Free Brushes // January 30, 2009 at 7:37 pm //

    Thank you for this tip, I often log into my 5 gmail accounts and this plug-in will be useful.

  8. Healthcare Management // March 6, 2009 at 3:16 pm //

    Fantastic observation and informative video but still facing problem managing multiple gmail account with firefox.

  9. Meeting rooms // March 6, 2009 at 5:17 pm //

    I do agree with you on that one. Great tips!!I love Google as well as their different features especially gmail.This plugin absolutely helps solve the problem of multiple tabs or browsers open.

  10. Medical Software // March 19, 2009 at 11:39 am //

    Can’t wait to try it out — I manage about a zillion gmail addresses it seems. both accounts as well as custom company accounts for my customers. Thanks!

  11. Homebase Garden Furniture // March 29, 2009 at 10:57 pm //

    great tutorial luq! just the thing i was looking for. recently gmail lab announce a feature which claims to do the same thing but it found to be misleading and nothing.

  12. Current account // March 30, 2009 at 4:07 pm //

    Nice tutorial Luq, you have a way of breaking big complicated piece into smaller chunks. I really do appreciate your time on this. Thanks

  13. Used Tires // April 20, 2009 at 5:21 am //

    Awesome, I knew there would be some great Firefox plugins to take care of the job :)

  14. orvilleconnor // April 22, 2009 at 8:50 pm //

    thanks for this tutorial, i never realized that you can implement to manage multiple gmail account in firefox

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  15. Current account // May 18, 2009 at 6:37 pm //

    Thanks for this.Fantastic observation and informative video but still facing problem managing multiple gmail account with firefox.

  16. Orville // July 2, 2009 at 1:07 pm //

    very niche tutorial, thank for you this post, i will try to manage my multiple gmail account with firefox
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