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Gmail Sign In

One of the main questions for privacy and security interested Gmail users is whether they should stay signed in or log out whenever they leave the Gmail website or other Google properties on the Internet.

You are not signed out automatically by Google when you leave the Gmail website or any of the other sites that Google operates. That's handy on the next visit as you can access your data right away without having to sign in again.

The main problem that privacy interested users have is that Google will recognize them when they use other Google services.

This is especially true for Google Search but other services such as YouTube or Google Plus are also a concern.

If you are not signed in when using the services, Google cannot link the activity to the account that easily. It is not impossible but it takes away one primary method to do so.

The sign in link is shown in the upper right corner of most Google properties including on Gmail, the main Google homepage or Google Drive. It indicates whether you are logged in or not, and offers options to either sign in or log out of the account. Doing so affects all other Google pages that are open in the web browser.

gmail homepage

There have also been talks about Gmail security vulnerabilities which Google promptly denied. Fact is, there have been several incidents where filters have been set in Gmail accounts of experienced users. Those filters were used to redirect emails to other accounts, often without the original owner knowing about them.

Gmail Sign In Information

gmail sign-in

The easiest way to sign in to Google Mail is to head over to the page right away. There you can click on the sign in link to enter your email address and password to access your account

It can happen that you encounter error messages, a blank page or other problems that prevent the log in page from opening correctly. One of the easiest fixes that works in a lot of cases is to access Gmail directly via https://mail.google.com or https://www.gmail.com/ and not using http in the front.

You might want to reload the page once if you encounter errors on it or a blank page. If that does not work clear the web browser cache and cookies before trying again. We have published two guides that explain how to clear the browser cache.

If that still does not work, I suggest you download and install another web browser to connect to Gmail with that program to make sure it is not a browser related issue.

Additional Resources:

90 Tools To Make You A Gmail Pro
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Gmail Mail Notifier review

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The guide offers Gmail sign-in information including what to do when you cannot log in to the service and why you may want to sign out regularly.
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Comments

  1. VD said on January 2, 2009 at 9:14 pm

    Well I would consider using gmail as a risc of privacy anyway. Sure one doesnt know how other mail-providers handle your date but as with google several reports showed that your data are far from private there. Sadly I dont recall the name of one report on Arte which was about google and their collection and “use” of data.

  2. Transcontinental said on January 2, 2009 at 9:50 pm

    I use Thunderbird to retrieve Gmail via pop3.

    When I do visit mail.google.com (secured), mainly to check if legitimate mail has been retained as spam and to empty my trash folder, I sign out when finished. Same with other Google services.

    Searching with Google is done only from within Firefox, and I use the ‘CustomizeGoogle’ extension (mainly for anonymizing the Google cookie UID and for blocking cookie info sent to Google Analytics).

    All my Firefox cookies have session status except a very few (of which Google is not!). My IP is dynamic and changes every 22 hours precisely.

    Google is a great lover, but I wouldn’t marry her, so to say …

  3. Dante said on January 2, 2009 at 11:38 pm

    I sign in under different gmail id’s throughout the week. This is so google doesn’t track me per se, except through IP. I use Yahoo to monitor my main gmail account. I never trusted google. Any company or person that INSISTS that they be called the good guys usually turns out to be the worst of the bunch.

    1. Amanda Butler said on November 30, 2010 at 8:45 pm

      Hi Dante

      Good idea thanks for the suggestion.

      Kind Regards

      Kamila Doyle aka Mahadevan Butler Kennedy

  4. Dante said on January 3, 2009 at 1:56 am

    I’m not sure how good Google keeps their word. But supposedly, once you’ve signed in. Get into Google Maps. On the upper right hand corner, you should see a link for “Web History”. Select it. Than on the list on the left, there should be a “Pause” link. Selecting this supposedly stops Google from keeping track of your browsing history. Supposedly.

  5. Lorissa said on January 4, 2009 at 9:43 am

    In reality why does anyone really care if Google tracks your browsing history? Why do you consider this harmful to you? Personally, I could care less! Only a fool would do anything on the internet which would disclose personal information anyway.

  6. Transcontinental said on January 4, 2009 at 10:52 am

    Lorissa, if the tracking is not nominative where indeed would it be harmful?

    I’m not sure the only handicap is harm to one’s identity and privacy in that of retaining and disclosing nominative information, but also perhaps in the very idea that one’s path on the web, should it be as a lambda user, be added to data sheets for statistical purpose.

    Pragmatism is not a universal answer, and principles remain a reference, I guess.

  7. Lorissa said on January 4, 2009 at 4:23 pm

    One’s identity is not revealed (in any real sense) by anything Google may track and therefore who cares if they know what your browsing habits are? Or if they advise others (by percentages) how many of you basically live on porn sites?

    You obviously have an extensive vocabulary and a higher intellect than most here Transcontinental. However, you probably should tone it back a bit if you want people whose knowledge of the English language is limited. :)

  8. Transcontinental said on January 4, 2009 at 7:30 pm

    Lorissa, looks like you don’t care and many think like you, obviously. But some do care. After all, it’s one’s choice, it’s up to everyone.

    To dare a metaphor, if I am shy to be naked in public, would I still be shy with a mask on my face, hence not recognized? As for myself, the answer is yes!

  9. Lorissa said on January 5, 2009 at 10:00 am

    Transcontinental, I’m simply not paranoid and since I happen to know a thing or two about what kind of data is actually tracked, shared, etc., I personally am not concerned about it.

    But, yes, of course it a personal choice. I simply choose not to panic in the face of ridiculous hysteria over so-called privacy infringements.

    However, I do not spend my time browsing porn sites and therefore have nothing to fear or be embarrassed about should a discovery be made.

    :)

  10. Transcontinental said on January 5, 2009 at 11:04 am

    Lorissa, paranoia is not concerned since we agree that tracking is not nominative (at least, should it not be that we would stand the same reaction), but is only concerned the fact of letting ourselves participate to the tracking of our movements, choices, affinities on the Web in order to feed data stats.

    I didn’t know porn sites were that concerned in your fears :)

    1. achterschip said on December 5, 2009 at 3:43 am

      I agree with Transcontinental’s points-in each area.I want to utilize the web freely as it’s a gateway to so much of life that its loss would separate me from the mainstream considerably. I don’t believe I should sacrifice basic control over my identity or interests. I’m not paranoid whenI take measures to “cover” my browsing and other tracks. I’m protecting my interests. Nor am I paranoid about data collection, per se. I just should be a willing participant, not a forced one..say, per site usage policy. I resent being forced to do things when not doing them doesn’t impede furthering the good of the greater majority…whether on the internet or not. By tracking my habits, a profile is created. That defines the scope of what is found for or sent to me. I use the web for its OPENNESS. US citizens tend to hang onto individual rights tenaciously. Regardless of motive, as a patriot, I want a say in what someone takes from me…which has nothing to do with either paranoia or “something to hide.”

  11. Mengistu said on January 6, 2009 at 3:21 pm

    Remember me using this addres

  12. Selim Hossai said on January 13, 2009 at 9:35 am

    i want to open an gmail account.

  13. Anonymous said on January 20, 2009 at 9:56 am

    remember

  14. Anonymous said on January 29, 2009 at 3:22 pm

    how can i create new email address

  15. aye myint said on February 3, 2009 at 6:19 am

    very good!

  16. nova said on February 23, 2009 at 5:20 pm

    how to go to gmail,the gmail is not opening when i go to google.

  17. Alvin said on February 25, 2009 at 2:31 pm

    aye myint.
    i need a good web site

  18. Hajer said on February 28, 2009 at 3:48 pm

    cooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooollllllllllllllllllllllllllll
    i cant find where to sign in.
    what a hedeck i got from searching
    only to rigester on youtube
    Guys if u red this comment i will be much appricated if u showed me how to sign in

    Thanks

  19. salrendon said on March 3, 2009 at 4:37 am

    Hard to log in to access MAIL.

  20. abid hussain malik said on March 5, 2009 at 5:17 pm

    its quiet good for any one space given makes it unique

  21. richard teoh said on March 8, 2009 at 5:18 am

    all my friends use email gmail to send message for me

  22. tiffany said on March 23, 2009 at 9:42 pm

    i love it to

  23. Shireen said on April 1, 2009 at 5:28 pm

    What’s happening with gmail?????? I have been struggling since forever to sign in????

  24. majd saif said on April 14, 2009 at 6:08 pm

    PAIN IS GOOD $$ IS BAD

  25. Denise Schantz said on April 23, 2009 at 2:49 pm

    Trying to find a job my e-mail is trough Gmail when I can’t use my account I lose job spots. This does not make the state happy because I’m on a time court ordered,so this is not good for me at all please let me into my account like right now.
    Thank-you !

  26. Denise Schantz said on April 23, 2009 at 2:56 pm

    Don’t have time for this if I can’t use my account I’ll have to leave this provider and use something else. You are wasting my time whould you please let me into my account. Here at Michigan Works program need my e-mail account .

    Thank-you !

  27. laxmi rajyam said on May 3, 2009 at 6:13 pm

    i am unable to sign in my gmail account

  28. aginechew said on June 29, 2009 at 11:46 pm

    want to met friends.

  29. terangahauhodge26 said on July 30, 2009 at 5:04 am

    helllloooooooooooooo i luv gmail i can evan contact ma frans im 13 by da wae xoxoxo

  30. ahsan said on August 12, 2009 at 1:53 pm

    A Chinese-built Pakistani fighter jet crashed today during a routine training mission, killing its pilot instantly.

    The F-6 jet crashed south of Attock city in Punjab province. The pilot, Flight Lt Raja Sheharyar Nisar, was killed instantly.

    There was no loss of life or property on the ground, an official statement said. A board of inquiry was set up to probe the crash, the air force said in a statement.

    Pakistan’s air force has a fleet of Chinese aircraft, including F-7s, A-5s, US-made F-16s and

  31. maryam said on August 21, 2009 at 9:38 pm

    google i hate you you are stupid mybe you dont make sex
    i made an account but i can use that

  32. Bhutta Mureed Abbas said on August 31, 2009 at 8:24 am

    I am user of Gmail but now it is becoming so deficult to sign in on on my account . Please make the sign in easy. thanks.

  33. said said on September 1, 2009 at 9:47 am

    me 2,..
    i can’t use my gmail..
    when i wanna sign in the gmail,
    the web cannot published.
    i hate this situation..

  34. Anonymous said on September 1, 2009 at 11:54 pm

    Whats goin’ on with gmail. I wanna recieve my mails. I know that, you guys are doing your best to bring it under control, but for the sake of us, please satisfy us by bringing gmail back and up grade the service.
    I WILL HIGHLY APPRECIATE IT. THANX!!!

  35. eva said on September 5, 2009 at 5:56 am

    i can make my email in Gmail with easy, but i can’t chating with my friends because in the gmail there are not message facility like yahoo messenger!

  36. tiishetjo said on September 9, 2009 at 3:30 pm

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  37. Ralph Downey said on October 26, 2009 at 11:49 pm

    I have had no problem in the past in signing in to my email account until yesterday and know matter what I try I can’t sign in, can u help me?

  38. CLEMENT said on October 27, 2009 at 9:54 am

    GMAIL ROCKS I LUV U ANY ONE WANT A FRIEND LET ME KNOW ASAP

  39. rully firmansyah said on January 18, 2010 at 1:01 am

    suddenly i cant not log in to my gmail address, could u explain to me why..all my mail in there, please help me

  40. Jimminy said on January 26, 2010 at 6:50 am

    I think there are some valid points regarding the ease of signing into gmail. I am a first time user of it – set up was easy but gpoing back subsequently to sign in has left me wondering why I had chosen this particular email service when I have to “google” ‘gmail signin’ !

    There must be an easier way?

  41. RicSchwenk said on April 6, 2010 at 1:11 am

    Why doesn’t gmail just say it doesn’t want people to sign up for an accont. I’ve tried about 5 different times and they did not accept my typing the goofy letters. Seems like others are having the same problem. You’re wasting our time.

  42. Barry Aslett said on May 4, 2010 at 5:18 pm

    I agree with a lot of the comments made. I have to “sign in” to 5-6 sites every morning to check my mail, and all very straight forward except Gmail.

    And why is it that on “google crome” I can click on “hotmail sign in” and get in without any problem ??

  43. solochi michael said on July 27, 2010 at 3:30 pm

    i choose to stay on to gmail because their services are much better,but what wonders me so much is that gmail doesnt enable its customers ones they disable thier accounts.i think it has to look into that otherwise they may loose customers.

  44. John said on July 30, 2010 at 6:14 pm

    Why do I have so much trouble accessing my gmail account?

  45. Anonymous said on August 5, 2010 at 11:22 pm

    Ooo this is too bad abaa it is too difficult to sign in to your own account

    This is not how Yahoo operates or Hotmail

    Please improve on your sign in methodology

    its too bad
    approve it ASAP
    I am tired just to sign in to my own account on gmail which I created myself
    Sorry foks

  46. shamreen said on August 18, 2010 at 6:34 am

    i love orkut.becoz it makes me foster friendship with others.

  47. Manahil said on August 21, 2010 at 8:26 am

    i like winx club so much

  48. tatenda mushaurwi said on August 22, 2010 at 10:30 am

    i am so disheartened by these doings

  49. francescamahusay said on November 5, 2010 at 7:49 am

    Hi! every one! I am so happy I logged in Gmail. I hope you will be my friend in Gmail, because, you see I dont have any friends, since, I still signed in, okay? uhm, have a nice day. every one. hehe :)

  50. ramin asbagh said on November 8, 2010 at 10:52 pm

    what is my problem with weeb side security certificate that i canot get my
    gmail any more

  51. Anonymous said on November 17, 2010 at 7:40 am

    I have been using Gmail almost since I first got internet connected, all of a sudden I can’t get into my e-mail account. Does anyone know why?

  52. Anonymous said on February 24, 2011 at 3:07 am

    funny how i create a new account and i always log out and my password keeps denying me hacked again im thinking

  53. [email protected] said on June 23, 2011 at 9:18 am

    Hi I want to set up the email page as my home page can this be done?
    on holiday here in malta and have spent 45 mins trying to get into my email account.

    The email is great easy to follow

    thanks for all the help getting this far
    JJ (IRE)

  54. akshaya krishnagopal said on August 12, 2011 at 8:30 pm

    when i log in for my gmail account it says that site cannot display. i do not know the reason. Please check and let me know. I am unable to operate my gmail account.

  55. delesh said on August 14, 2011 at 9:13 am

    i forget my password ,How i get new password

  56. Anonymous said on September 24, 2011 at 7:55 am

    anytime i want to sign in my gmail acount i find it hard to sign in, what is wrong with ur site, find solution 2 ur site

  57. Willard buchanan said on October 11, 2011 at 9:24 pm

    It want let me login into my e-mail
    and it wont let me check it and I no
    that I have an account and I would
    love to be able to look at them.

  58. Virginia Zuk said on October 13, 2011 at 4:11 pm

    I was saying to the preacher how easy gmail was to use and lo and behold you make it almost impossible to maneuver from one place to another.

  59. Toph Bernardo said on November 29, 2011 at 2:41 am

    I’ve been using gmail for quite awhile and I think it is a very powerfool tool in connecting with the world. I guess Google as a company have already established their code of conduct regarding privacy matters. I trust that they are using information we provide merely as a way to understand the market and not for the purpose of intruding to someone’s privacy.

  60. millosound said on December 7, 2011 at 4:42 pm

    i wany the before face of google idont like the new one and is very complicate and i dont know to go to my favorite places the old one is very easy tell me how i return to googlr i know thanks the last one no good.