I registered my Stack Overflow account using the Stack Exchange OpenID provider. I later changed my e-mail, but I cannot change the e-mail address associated with my OpenID for some reason. Why is that, and how do I change it? I logged in to Stack Exchange and it lets me change my password, but never my e-mail.

  • I asked this question after the initial trial, on a now-deleted answer. Kevin replied "Also, no, your account is tied directly to your e-mail address by design.". I do not know if this is still the case, but I will point him at this new question. Commented Aug 15, 2011 at 12:20
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    Yes, it's possible to change your email address. Just follow this guide: link
    – vurquee
    Commented Jan 24, 2012 at 13:45
  • @covanova yeah you're right, you can change the stackoverflow e-mail in that way. however the open id e-mail cannot be changed I think. so for example you can remove the openid association from your account and register another openid association (that has a different e-mail)
    – test
    Commented Jan 25, 2012 at 18:57
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    @test : It seems that my previous comment is confusing. Let me rephrase it. The OpenID Email address cannot be changed. The link I posted tells you how to change your associated OpenID account to a new one, without losing your reputation, badges, and so on.
    – vurquee
    Commented Jan 29, 2012 at 9:21
  • @MarcGravell : As myopera shut down, how I can merge new accounts now ? Commented Sep 7, 2016 at 21:41

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You cannot change the e-mail address attached to your openid.stackexchange account, by design.

If you've lost access to the e-mail you registered with initially, create a new openid.stackexchange account and either add it to your Stack Overflow account (via your profile page, if you're still logged in) or create a new Stack Overflow account and email us via the Contact link so we can merge the two accounts.

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    Thanks. I re-registered with another e-mail and then I added that to my StackOverflow account. Then I clicked the 'swap' link in my profile to switch the two OpenIDs. Then I deleted the old one.
    – test
    Commented Aug 16, 2011 at 1:07
  • Does this method still work? Each time I am trying to proceed, I cannot enter any alternative account. It goes straight back to home page of SE. Commented Mar 11, 2014 at 2:00
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    Why is this "by design"? People commonly change email addresses and nearly all websites allow you to change the email address associated with your profile. Why does StackExchange feel that they shouldn't allow it in their system?
    – orrd
    Commented Apr 26, 2014 at 2:28
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    I'm not seeing the 'swap' link mentioned by @test . Is this feature still available?
    – blong
    Commented Jul 23, 2014 at 15:07
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    Jeez! You can't change your e-mail address on your StackExchange OpenID. The password requirements on StackExchange OpenIDs are more strict than for other OpenIDs. Where will this madness end???
    – RobH
    Commented Dec 12, 2014 at 17:18
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    What if you do still have access to the e-mail you registered with initially?
    – martineau
    Commented May 5, 2015 at 10:53
  • This doesn't seem to be working; after creating a new StackExchange openID, login to Stack exchange with old one, then profile>myLogins>addMoreLogins>loginwithstackexchange. It then doesn't ask for login details because I'm already logged in with my old OpenID Commented May 23, 2015 at 11:09
  • 1. I want to remove my current email from my account/profile/openID. 2. I am ready to create a new account, then merge it with current profile and then get rid of the old openID/email. Shall I be able to retain my StackExchange OpenID vanity URL if I do this?
    – amar
    Commented May 30, 2015 at 4:10
  • Does "swap" currently work? There seem to be conflicting answers here. Commented Jun 26, 2015 at 5:11
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    You cannot change the e-mail address … by design. … create a new account … email us via the Contact link so we can merge the two accounts. So the design is to be unnecessarily and highly inconvenient, cumbersome, and time-consuming? ಠ_ఠ
    – Synetech
    Commented Jul 1, 2015 at 19:57
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    Duplicates and "related" questions to this abound, but I still have to login with an e-mail address that doesn't exist. How long till someone makes a code change that destroys my account after a notification bounces? AND, I created another account with an address that does exist (months ago), but now that I have forgotten that password, the reset password tool claims that the address is not associated with any account.
    – WGroleau
    Commented Nov 8, 2015 at 22:58
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    IS THIS STILL THE BEST WAY TO DO THIS IN 2017? Or is there another newer way? I'm asking because so many people seem to be so unhappy about this approach. Thanks! Commented Feb 24, 2017 at 19:46
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    Stupidest design choice ever. Let me guess, someone on the team HATES surrogate keys and argued that email address would be a perfectly fine natural key. I guess it never occurred to anyone that 1) emails can change (and you may not have access to the old one) and 2) some people DON'T want FB or Google to be the keys to everything about them.
    – Andy
    Commented Mar 25, 2017 at 13:05
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    I just can't believe this! Commented Aug 21, 2017 at 19:21
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    Maybe this answer should be rewritten to explain it more carefully, because at first glance people think that this means it's impossibru to change stackexchange account's associated e-mail address, which is false of course. People don't care that you can't change e-mail address associated with a StackExchange OpenID, because that's not what was asked in the question.
    – klaar
    Commented Oct 26, 2017 at 14:21

Managed to add new Stack Exchange OpenID to my Stack Overflow account this way:

  1. Create new stackexchange account
  2. Login on https://openid.stackexchange.com/account/login to reach https://openid.stackexchange.com/user and click the "Use your own URL to log in" link
  3. Then copy the copy the url from the second entry similar to: https://openid.stackexchange.com/user/xxxxx-xxxxxxx-xxxxxx-xxxxx
  4. Go to https://superuser.com/users/login-add?ssrc=login and add the openid link from above to the OpenID field and click "Add Credential"
  5. Enter your username and password for the new stachexchange account and click add/confirm when prompted
  6. From https://superuser.com/users/mylogins/ you can now delete the old stackechange account with the old email address
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    Thank you this worked. For anyone having problems with last step, simply click on your avatar with badges in the upper right corner, chose "Edit Profile & Settings" from left tab bar and under SITE SETTINGS choose "My Logins"
    – Markus
    Commented Oct 14, 2017 at 8:08
  • does deleting the old account also deletes reputation and badges earned? Commented Nov 11, 2017 at 9:17
  • Not for me.....
    – psv
    Commented Nov 14, 2017 at 9:31
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    This no longer works. The "superuser.com/users/mylogins" page doesn't exist now. Commented Dec 6, 2017 at 17:25
  • @LS, it does exist now when I click the link.
    – psv
    Commented Dec 7, 2017 at 10:23
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    Nowadays it seems to be a bit simpler, although still not really as obvious as it could be: the "My logins > add more logins..." page no longer accepts an OpenID URL, but it has inputs for an e-mail address and a password. Turns out that you can just use that form to add a new e-mail/password combination and afterwards it should be possible to remove the old e-mail/password under "My logins" page.
    – user145714
    Commented Dec 27, 2018 at 18:06
  • Has the URL changed? On openid.stackexchange.com/user I get “Not Found This page could not be found.”
    – Anonymous
    Commented May 3, 2019 at 11:55
  • @OleV.V., it's still there, you just need to login, from openid.stackexchange.com/account/login
    – psv
    Commented May 8, 2019 at 10:30

Managed to do this using process similar to petersv's answer, but used an outside login as the in-between account. (first three steps from petersv's answer)

  1. Create new stackexchange account

  2. Go to https://openid.stackexchange.com/user and click the "Use your own URL to log in" link

  3. Then copy the copy the url from the second entry similar to: https://openid.stackexchange.com/user/xxxxx-xxxxxxx-xxxxxx-xxxxx

  4. Log out

  5. Login with your old stackexchange account

  6. Goto your profile, goto 'Edit Profile & Settings', then 'My Logins'

  7. Assuming your old stackexchange account is the only way you can log in, create a new login mechanism via Gmail, Facebook, Yahoo, etc.

  8. Now that you have a new way to login, remove your old stack exchange ID as a login mechanism via the 'remove' button.

  9. Click on 'add more logins', now you can use the openid URL from above to create a new login with your new stackexchange account.

  • So... with 3 extra steps you achieved the exact same as me? ;)
    – psv
    Commented Jun 23, 2016 at 15:06
  • Your steps didn't quite work for me. In hindsight, not being a member of superuser was perhaps one part of the issue? The link in step 6 didn't work for me either (even when adjusting for communities I am in). Not sure why it's different for me.
    – Albert Chu
    Commented Jun 23, 2016 at 21:31
  • Sure, now I understand. You added a new OpenID you your old Stack Exchange account.
    – psv
    Commented Jun 24, 2016 at 8:07

I was able to do this using Albert Chu’s and petersv’s comments as guides.

I created a new account account at https://openid.stackexchange.com/. This account was then automatically associated with my old account. My guess is that this was automated because of cookies from a previous log-in into the old account.

A notable point of confusion is that one must access the “My Logins” link from a Stack Exchange community site like Graphic Design Stack Exchange, Stack Overflow, or Super User to delete an old email address, not https://stackexchange.com/ where one would most expect to be able to edit their account. There’s no “remove” link if you access “My Logins” from the core site.

Furthermore, after deleting an old email address, the associated Stack Exchange OpenID account and its vanity URL still exist at https://openid.stackexchange.com/, albeit separate from the new account. If you wish to assign that URL to the new account, you’ll need to log into the old account and delete the vanity URL, and then log into the new account and assign the released URL to it.

This also means you’ll have a dangling account each time you need to change your email address since the old accounts apparently can’t be deleted.

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