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Here’s how to change login and password

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These instructions will help you with login or password problems. If you have set up an idw account, you can log in at the top right of this page under "Login". To do so, please enter your self-selected username (not your e-mail address) and your self-selected password.

Forgotten password:

If you have forgotten your username or password, you can still log in using the "Forgotten password" function. You will find it directly below the login lines at the top right of the page

Click on "Forgotten password?" and on the next page enter the e-mail address under which you are registered in the idw system. Afterwards, a link will be sent to you automatically by e-mail, which you can use to log in (please check your inbox and, if necessary, your spam folder).

We recommend changing the password as described in the next paragraph.

Change data:

If you go to your personal idw offer with your user ID and password, you will find there, among other things, the menu item "Edit personal data". Here you can change e-mail addresses, telephone numbers, passwords, etc.

Please do not forget to save the changes in the idw system (not: in your browser)! To do so, please click twice: "Check data", then "Save data".

Breakdown service:

You know your password and user name, but the login does not work? Please try this:

  • Note correct spelling, including lower and upper case and if you have used a space in password or user name. Special characters can cause problems. The following characters are not allowed anymore: "<>?'/%$&
  • Delete browsing history and cookies, then try to log in again.
  • Use a different browser and try to log in again.
  • Check whether a (new) security software in your company is causing problems, e.g. a strict firewall; change the settings if necessary. Then try to log in again.
  • If you changed your password some time ago: Try to log in with your old password. You may not have saved the change (see above).
  • If none of this helps, please contact us at and we will be happy to help you.


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