Rename Your Personal Office 365 Account and Manage Aliases

This article describes what is an Alias and how to rename your Office 365 accounts.

Manage aliases on your Microsoft account

Renaming your personal Microsoft account separates your work activities from your personal activities. You can sign in to your account with any alias—they all use the same password. Your personal Microsoft account should NOT use the email address, as that one is reserved for your University account. If you should continue to use it, then you will be prompted to pick which account you want whenever interacting with either your University or personal accounts.

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Sign In Screen:

"Which account do you want to use?" when you sign in, it means that you have two accounts with Microsoft using the same email address:

  • A “Work or school” account, created by the University of Chicago
  • A “personal” account, created by yourself.

You can rename your personal account which means using a different email address to sign in to it. Doing this changes the way you sign in to your account, but it won’t impact any of the data associated with it.

By default, the email address or phone number that you use to sign up for your Microsoft account is considered the primary alias. Your primary alias shows up as the main account name when you view your profile information. This can be changed at any time.

Any other aliases are considered secondary aliases. You can control which secondary aliases can be used to sign in to your Microsoft account. You can have up to ten aliases on your Microsoft account at any given time.

You may not want to rename your Microsoft account if:

  • You use a Windows phone running Windows 8. You will have to reset your phone.
  • You are part of the Xbox Developer community. You could lose access to some developer tools.

Note: You cannot add an alias that is already associated with another Microsoft account. Aliases cannot be used to share information between two existing Microsoft accounts,,, and addresses can't be added as aliases.

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Keywords:Renaming, Office_365, Account_alias, o365   Doc ID:70253
Owner:Bob C.Group:University of Chicago
Created:2017-01-27 12:54 CDTUpdated:2017-06-19 06:38 CDT
Sites:University of Chicago, University of Chicago - Sandbox
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