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Why can’t I sign in to Flickr?


If you are having trouble logging into your older Flickr account with a username instead of an email address, please try with your primary email or contact us for assistance.

Why can’t I sign in to Flickr?

If you are having trouble logging into your older Flickr account with a username instead of an email address, please try with your primary email or contact us for assistance.

How do I log into Flickr without Yahoo?

With the newest login system, you can’t sign in with a Yahoo ID or your username. Instead, we need to use email ids instead.

Can I sign up for Flickr with Gmail?

So starting today, you’ll be able to use a Google account to sign up for a new Flickr account. For existing Flickr users, we’re pleased to announce that you can now sign in with your Google log-in too!

What about Google users who already have a linked account?

We’ll be rolling out support for Google by September 2012. That means that if someone is already using one or more services (e.g., Twitter or Facebook) to sign in as themselves — including Google+ — they’ll also be able to pick up where they left off and continue signing into flickr via those same third party services even after logout (but only if the user has granted permission). We’re especially excited about Google+ since it allows users to sign in using their real name (which is a feature that has been much requested by flickr users).

Will OpenID 2.0 change my experience?

It shouldn’t! Once you’ve signed-in via OpenID 2.0, your Flickr experience should be exactly the same as before — except with a significantly reduced chance of getting locked out from logging in on unfamiliar devices. And if you’re already familiar with signing into other sites using Facebook and Google+, then these new features will hopefully feel completely natural once they roll-out fully later this year.

I’m still worried. Is there anything I should do?

Yes! The best thing you can do is let your friends know that the new login system will be rolling out across various services over the coming months (see below for the schedule). Even if you don’t plan on using OpenID 2.0 yourself, we’d love you to spread the word about this feature since it’s easier than ever to get people involved with flickr and sharing photos — leading to more awesome photos shared around the world through your mutual connections! And of course we also want to ensure our members are aware of all the new features and can make the most out of their Flickr experience. To that end, we’ve created a help page with some basic information on how to use the new OpenID 2.0 login system — which users will see first when logging in via Facebook.

I’m still not sure I understand. Can you give me an even simpler explanation?

Well, ok… Let’s say that it’s the year 1998 and you’re using a dial-up connection to access your flickr.com account from work instead of a corporate VPN. It would be easier for your co-workers (or anyone else) if they could sign in as you by logging on with their own username or email address, rather than having to sign up for their own Flickr account or install any software. OpenID 2.0 is kind of like that: we’ll help people get to all that wonderful content much quicker without worrying about setting up yet another login system (which takes time and is resource intensive). Plus, if they’re not able to access Flickr directly, say from a corporate laptop or smartphone, we can still help them log in!

Will I be able to buy Pro upgrades this way?

Yes! If someone wanted to upgrade an existing account from their phone, they can still do so by using the associated third party app (e.g., Twitter or Facebook) and signing into that service on Flickr instead of via your email address/password. And as noted above, if the user wants she can grant permission to let her friends view the photo without needing a password — it all depends what permissions she’s given when signing-in.

What does this mean? Are all my existing accounts now invalid?

No! You can still access your photos via your existing credentials (your email address and password). This means that if you currently have an account on flickr.com, you do not need to create a new account or anything like that — but when you next visit Flickr there will be a new “openid login” button at the login form. Sign in with that, and you’ll be able to continue using Flickr as normal.