When I created my account, I used Facebook Connect as my only login type and I can only log in to my account using it.

I wish to create a Stack Exchange login to be able to log in with instead of Facebook Connect, but I can't find how to do this. It seems that the option for creating a Stack Exchange login is only present when creating a new account?


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My initial answer was wrong, so I did some research and I think I have a solution for you.

First of all, you're not crazy. It is really hard to add a Stack Exchange login to a preexisting account -- the option isn't currently included on the 'My Logins' page. We're looking at some better solutions, but for now, I have a kludgy work around for you:

  1. First, make sure you're logged in to your account. Then, go to the account recovery page and put in the same email address which is tied to your current non-Stack Exchange login.
  2. Go to your inbox and open up the email you should have just received from our system. The very last line of the email should say

"If you'd like to use [email protected] to log in, click here to set a new password."

  1. Click through and add a password to associate with your email address.
  2. Head back to your account, go to 'Edit Profile & Settings' --> 'My logins' and check to see if an SE OpenID is now one of the options.
  3. Success! (hopefully...)

Let me know if that works.

  • I had a Google login on my account. The account recovery option didn't work as it insisted there was no such e-mail in the system. However when I created an account on stackexchange using the e-mail from my Google account (using this form) - I could use it to log into my existing account. Confusing, but at least it worked!
    – Nickolay
    Commented Apr 12, 2017 at 10:50
  • Following allowed me to add a new email as Stack Exchange login in april 2022: I was logged in with my former email. At first I added the email in account settings and verified it. Secondly I logged out and tried to log in using this new email. SE rejected my login attempt. Then I clicked on password recovery link in the login form, received a recovery email and followed instructions. Now this email is not listed in "Other" category any more. It is in "Stack Exchange" category.
    – Paul
    Commented Apr 22, 2022 at 8:48

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