Multiple Google Accounts

If you're using Android 2.1 or above, you can set up multiple Gmail accounts on your Android phone. If you're using earlier versions, you can add multiple POP e-mail accounts to your Gmail account, but you can't have more than one Gmail inbox. The big difference is that, by setting up multiple Google accounts, you can set different ringtones for each Gmail account (or make all but one silent), and you don't share a single inbox.

Figure 6-5 shows multiple Gmail accounts. Unread messages are shown to the right of each account. If you click an account, you'll see only the inbox of that account. You can always get back to the view shown in Figure 6-5 by clicking the Menu button and selecting Accounts.

Figure 6-5. Multiple accounts

To add another Gmail account to your Android 2.1 or above phone, go to the Home screen and press the Menu button. Choose Settings > "Accounts & sync." Next, press the button on the bottom of the screen labeled "Add account." Depending on the software installed on your phone, you'll generally have three choices: Google, Facebook, and Microsoft ActiveSync. If you've installed apps to connect with other accounts, you'll see more choices. For instance, my phone shows a choice for a TouchDown account, which is software for connecting to Exchange servers.

You can also add accounts from directly within the Gmail app by pressing the Menu button, going to Accounts, and then pressing the "Add account" button.

When you add another Google account, you'll be prompted to specify which parts of that account you want to sync. Your choices depend on what services you've used, but for e-mail accounts, you'll have the choice to sync Gmail and contacts.

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