It often happens to have multiple accounts on the same website or application, perhaps a Facebook account to use for serious things, the other to have fun, a Gmail account to receive important mail, one for spam and so on.
Imagining the Facebook site as an example, to enter with a different account on Facebook where I am already "logged in" you must first disconnect and exit by logging out and then log back in with the other account.
A similar case is that of a friend, a work colleague or the same inhabitant of our house who asks to access his account on our computer, forcing us to log out of our account and allow him to enter with his.
The technical reason for this is that websites save session information in a cookie so even opening that site in another tab or closing and restarting the browser, you remain connected to the online accounts you are logged in to. at least for a while.
Whatever the reason for wanting to use two, three or multiple accounts of the same site, we see here, different ways to log in without having to leave the main account, that is how to access multiple accounts on the same site or online service, simultaneously.
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1) Using private browsing
The easiest way to quickly log into another account without leaving the first one and without logging out is to open the same site in a private tab. The private or "incognito" mode of browsers is a tab that does not load cookies and browsing history, as if the browser were opened for the first time.
Private browsing does not remember anything of the account you entered and forces you to re-enter your login and password every time, making it ideal for occasional guests to surf the internet.
In another article the guide for open a private tab of Safari, Edge, Chrome, Firefox.
In summary, to make it quick, a private tab opens:
- In Firefox e Internet Explorer By pressing Ctrl-Shift-P
- In Google Chrome, Edge e Opera by pressing Ctrl-Shift-N
2) Using another browser
Having both Firefox and Chrome and Internet Explorer on the same computer, you can log into three different accounts of Facebook, Gmail or any other site, each on a different browser. This is also useful for using the same computer as a family without confusing accounts and without having to log out every time (even if browser profiles are more effective, see point 4).
3) If you want to use the same browser to log into several accounts simultaneously, you can use one portable version.
The portable versions are executables that do not require installation that can be started several times independently in order to access, with each launch, a different account.
On the PortableApps site you can download the portable versions of Opera, Chrome and Firefox.
4) User profiles for browsers on Chrome, Firefox and Edge they are the best way to separate internet browsing between people using the same computer, family or friends. By creating a guest profile, you could use it for one-time logins to different accounts.
5) Use extensions
On Chrome it is easy to access multiple accounts via some extensions.
Per Chrome instead the extension that can be used is Session Box or Multi Login.
In practice, the accounts remain, if you want, also connected for future sessions by keeping the session cookies, not as in the private mode where you need to re-enter the password each time to log in. Switching from one profile to another can be done with just one click.