Right now I have an account on Stack Overflow that was created automatically when I logged in using my Google account.

The point is, what happens if I lose access to my Google account? It seemed unlikely when I registered, but now that Google accounts are tied to YouTube accounts, which can get closed for a number of reasons, I'm starting to worry.

I'd like to know if (and how) I can switch my Stack Overflow account from the Google-login to one that uses a dedicated password.

BTW I don't mind needing to remember one more password.

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    That is definitely one of the last sentences I would search on Google. I barely have an idea of what an OpenID is. – Agostino Feb 18 '14 at 10:49
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    Yeah, that's true -- in fact that's one of the reasons why we have duplicates (note the comment is an automated message shown if you flag or close a question as a duplicate). – Qantas 94 Heavy Feb 18 '14 at 10:53
  • Good to know. I was worried this would get deleted even though it can be easier to spot. – Agostino Feb 18 '14 at 10:57
  • I don't think this is a duplicate. Adding OAuth providers to your account is distinctly different than adding a username/password StackExchange login, and I was specifically looking to find that out, not adding other OAuth providers. – Nate May 12 '16 at 13:47
  • You can add a password to your account while keeping your social network login (no need to pick one over another). To do this, go to the login form, click Forgot? and put in your email address to get the password reset link. – ADTC Oct 9 '17 at 15:22
  • Oh btw, I think having your YouTube account closed would only mean you lose the ability to be a content creator in YouTube (using the said Google account) but other Google services would remain untouched (including, being a content consumer in YouTube). – ADTC Oct 9 '17 at 15:22

I think the my logins tab does what you want. You can add your Facebook and SE account with your existing account.

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Now if you are not sure of your Google account, make a Stack Exchange account and merge with your existing account (You can do that in the my logins tab itself). This is one account you can be sure of.

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  • Well, that was quick. Thanks! It was not so easy to find an answer on Google, maybe upvoting this would help? – Agostino Feb 18 '14 at 10:29
  • It worked, so I accepter your answer. I would also upvote if I had enough rep ;) – Agostino Feb 18 '14 at 10:40
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    As far as I can see this does not work anymore, no SE login can be added. – phk Nov 10 '15 at 8:53
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    Correction: It does work but since everyone gets an implicit SE login now you have to do a password recovery. – phk Nov 10 '15 at 8:59
  • Figured out how to add a stack exchange login to a Google Oauth account: Log out of StackExchange, Create a new login with a username and password, click verification link in email, logout, Log back into your old account with Google OAuth, Go to StackExchange, Click your name in the top bar (to view your profile), Click "my logins", Click "add more logins", Click "log in with StackExchange", enter username and password. – Nate May 12 '16 at 13:43
  • The "login with StackExchange" has been deleted but you can still type "openid.stackexchange.com" in the OpenID slot and login using your new SE account there. – Kent Shikama Aug 26 '16 at 9:35

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