After you bring home your new Android phone, the first thing you want to do is download and install some new apps. That’s one of the perks of using a smartphone.

You fire up the Google Play Store app and are immediately stopped. You need a Google Gmail account–there’s no way around it if you’re interested in using apps on your Android smartphone.

No problem, you tell yourself. Google is known as the primary search engine for hundreds of thousands of people, Gmail is just an extension of its popularity. You create the account and finally have access to the apps. However, it’s not uncommon for people to have more than one Google Gmail account; some prefer having personal Google Gmail accounts and a separate one for work.

Google Gmail not only gives you access to Google Play Store, but it also saves every function you use, preferences for apps and settings.

If you access your Google Gmail account on a separate phone, your settings and preferences come with it.

Sometime down the road, you may want to switch your Google account. Perhaps your current account has been compromised in some way. Whatever the reason is, you’ll be happy to know that you can change your main account to something new.

In fact, you can even switch between several different accounts, if that’s what you’re looking for.

Before You Switch…

As easy as it is to switch primary Google accounts, there are a few caveats worth mentioning.

Your primary account keeps data and contacts saved. Switching your primary account can switch this data. Write numbers down or backup your data and contacts to avoid that headache.

Your primary account should take the first place on the list of accounts connected to your phone.

Before you switch accounts around, log out of every single account. Hopefully, you have the information for every account before doing so. It will come into play when determining the primary account.

Backup Your Data and Contacts

To make things far more easier, Android provides an opportunity to backup your data. Data you are capable of backing up include: wireless network preferences, bookmarks, saved passwords and contacts, among other things.

This can be especially helpful when you purchase a new phone because your last one broke, or you use two phones and would like the same information on both.

To export your contacts:

  1. Open your Contacts app.
  2. Tap the 3 vertical dots. You’ll see a drop-down menu.import export
  3. Select Import/Export. You have two options: Import from storage and Export to storage. Select Export to storage and select Yes when prompted. Importing will come later.

You’ll have a .VCF file ready for import. If you’re using the same phone, simply switch to the Google Gmail account you want as your primary and move onto Importing Contacts.

If you’re switching to a new Android phone, you should still import contacts anyways because the contacts will be attached to your new primary account.

To import your contacts:

Before you import, switch to the account you want this information to be copied to.

  1. Open your Contacts app.
  2. Tape the three vertical dots at the top right. You’ll see a drop-down menu.
  3. Select Import/Export. Between the two options, select Import from storage.
  4. When you’re importing, you can decide if you’d like to import from your Google Gmail account, or from your Phone-only. Select Phone-only if the file is already on your phone. Select Google if your phone is blank, and would like to copy the contacts already saved on the Google account.

1. Change Primary Google Gmail Account

It should be noted, depending on your device, these steps might vary slightly, but the general steps taken shouldn’t be any different.

  1. Open your browser.
  2. Go to Google.
  3. Select your Google profile picture. Here, you’ll see a list of accounts currently connected.
  4. Log out of your Google Account.manage accounts on this device
  5. Select Manage accounts on this device.
  6. Select the account you want to edit.
  7. Select the menu. You’ll see a drop-down menu.remove accounts
  8. Select Remove Account.

After you’ve removed every account, log in to the Google Gmail account you want as your primary first. As long as it’s first on the list of accounts, it will stay as your primary.

2. Change Primary Google Gmail Account

This solution provides the same results, but the method is settings

  1. Open Settings. Keep scrolling until you find Accounts.
  2. Select Google from the list.remove accounts
  3. Click the 3 vertical dots.
  4. Select Remove Account.

If you do it this way, follow the same steps mentioned before. Log into the account that you want as your primary Google Gmail account.