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How do I change my password?

I have a Stack Exchange account but can't seem to find the option to change my password.

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    clicking on "change password" simply redirects to the homepage. April fools!? Jul 31, 2019 at 23:34
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    @DanielSpringer no, SE keeps changing the way to change password without ever telling anything, for their own internal reasons. People keep guessing and finding ways though, try one of the six answers below and you might be able to actually change the password. (And yes, it's a perfect example of what became of SE - company that doesn't care a bit for its users.) Nov 17, 2019 at 15:32
  • What a mess... I thought for sure I was just tired when I couldn't figure out how to change my password. Then I ended up here from google. How on earth is this not made easily discoverable from the UI of any stack exchange site? This is a usability nightmare... May 22 at 4:25
  • And then to top it off, I have two "logins", both for the same email/password combo - one listed under my email, and the other as "Stack Exchange". Maybe this somehow makes sense architecturally or something b/c of the openid backend, but blech. May 22 at 4:32

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I'm assuming "I have a Stack Exchange account" means you have a Stack Exchange ID.

Go to 'My logins' on your profile page; you can navigate directly to https://meta.stackexchange.com/users/mylogins/current or, if you're already on your user page, click "Edit Profile & Settings", then "My Logins". Then you should see a change password link next to your Stack Exchange login:

change password link on my logins

Alternately, go to https://openid.stackexchange.com/ and login. At the top you'll see a "change password" tab:

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If your OpenID provider is somewhere else then as ChrisF commented, the process varies

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    It looks as if the site is down openid.stackexchange. Am I the only one who is seeing problems ?
    – khalooo
    Jul 20, 2014 at 10:14
  • Found out the solution from huha's answer
    – khalooo
    Jul 20, 2014 at 10:25
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    Why does the passworts have to contain upper letters? From a cryptografic perspective it shrinks the possible key space!
    – velop
    Feb 23, 2015 at 19:49
  • @velop That's kind of the point, it prohibits keys that are easily brute-forced. From a cryptographic perspective all restrictions "shrink the keyspace", but that doesn't mean they should let your password be "password" Feb 23, 2015 at 19:52
  • @MichaelMrozek True when I think about, it shifts the probability from one peculiarity to different ones like Password, PassWord, PaSsWoRd, so in reality it spreads the choosen passwords more equally over the shrunken keyspace.
    – velop
    Feb 25, 2015 at 10:05
  • My My Logins space only presents: Log in or sign up on any Stack Exchange site using these accounts and add more logins…. I don't see any Email type of login. I would like to change my password.
    – Stephane
    Jul 9, 2017 at 13:54
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    For the record, I went to the SE page and found the page you specified, but the "(change password)" links by any of the IDs were not there at all. At the OpenID, the emails I use for SE are not recognized.
    – Tango
    Nov 3, 2018 at 2:31
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    This is the dumbest workflow I have ever seen for any website. For one of the most popular web properties this is incredibly hard to find. Why is it so hard to just change my password? Feb 7, 2020 at 3:30
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    @PlastyGrove Because Stack Exchange supports OpenID, so you can have multiple logins and in most cases those logins aren't controlled by SE at all, so they have nothing to do with changing your password. For an SE login, "edit profile -> my logins -> change password" doesn't seem that hard to find Feb 7, 2020 at 17:18
  • @Glorfindel with SE's ever-ending "look" improvements, the screenshot seems to be out of date again
    – uhoh
    Jan 28 at 9:18
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It's changed again in 2019. You now have to go to https://meta.stackexchange.com/ and click your profile pic at the top right and click "Edit profile and settings" tab enter image description here

After that click "My logins" and from there you can change your password across all stack exchange websites. As of October 2019 this is the new and only way.

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    Thankfully this works, but knowing StackExchange UX it'll be deprecated in 2 weeks. NOTE if one doesn't see the "change password" link, try adding a new login and then removing the previous one, changing password on new login.
    – kevlarr
    Oct 14, 2019 at 1:40
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The 2011 and 2014 and 2018 did not work for me. So latest from 2019 :)

New from 2019

This worked for me -

Login in any of your sites such as stackoverflow.com or meta.stackexchange.com or anysite linked to stackexchange.

Then change the browser url to https://meta.stackexchange.com

Then click on your profile pic on the right hand side and then click my_logins. You will see the following screen -

enter image description here

Now click on My logins


Old from 2018: Login in any of your sites such as stackoverflow.com or meta.stackexchange.com or anysite linked to stackexchange.

Then change the browser url to https://stackexchange.com

Then click on your profile pic on the right hand side and then click my_logins. You will see the following screen -

enter image description here

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The "my logins" link can be found here:

my logins link

After clicking it follow Michaels answer.

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If you can't remember your old password, it appears you can go to account recovery, and request an email reset there, commonly called the forgot password form

https://meta.stackexchange.com/users/account-recovery

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    This is the only answer that helped me change my password!
    – Uri
    Jun 16, 2021 at 10:25

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