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I no longer use the service that I originally used to register, and would like to change my OpenID provider to another account, or at least add a second account.

Is this possible? How do I change my OpenID provider or associate a backup OpenID?

For more information, see "How do I add or remove login credentials from my account?" in the Help Center.

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meta.stackexchange.com/questions/19808/… has other useful info, too :) –  warren Apr 25 '11 at 13:56

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This gets a bit more complicated when you're trying to add a Stack Exchange OpenID, particularly if you're already using a different SE OpenID. You can't change the email associated with an existing Stack Exchange OpenID. You can create a new one, but the Add Login page doesn't give you this option:

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Fortunately, there's an easy (if non-obvious) work around.

  1. Edit your profile, changing your contact email to the address for which you'd like to create a new OpenID:

  2. Go to /users/account-recovery and enter the email you set in step #1.

  3. When you receive the recovery email, there'll be a link in it titled, Reset Your Password. Click it:

  4. You'll be prompted to enter a password, twice. This creates a new OpenID.

  5. Then, you'll confirm you wish to add this OpenID to your account:

  6. You're done! You can verify you've added the new login by clicking "my logins" on your profile page:

    You can remove your old login here too, if you wish.

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Thanks. This should be more intuitive. –  pabvid Apr 23 at 16:13
    
Thanks so much. This walk around method was successful. –  Laf Jun 3 at 2:29
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Thank you so much for this solution! It should be in their FAQ! –  Vlad Z. Aug 6 at 9:02

Yes, this is documented on the Stack Overflow blog and in the Help Center.

You can add an unlimited number of logins of your choosing from the account page, by clicking "my logins", then "add new login..."

Changing OpenID providers

If this prompts you to log in as a different user, then you probably already used that "new" OpenID earlier. In that case see How can one link/merge/combine/associate two accounts/users? (Anonymous/unregistered/cookie or OpenID/registered).

Special cases

  • If you are signing in with Google and want to add another Google account, see here for instructions.

  • If you want to add a Stack Exchange login to an existing account, see this answer for instructions.

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