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SWITCH edu-ID is a universal, secure and personal digital identity for lifelong access to services in the university environment. The "SWITCH edu-ID" is mandatory at the University of Zurich for user registration for a all SWITCHaai proected services.

I don't have a SWITCH edu-ID yet. What do I have to do?

Create a personal SWITCH edu-ID and link it to the University of Zurich. This is the only way you can use the services offered in the long term. You can link to the UZH account at

You can find a more detailed edu-ID help page at SWITCHhere

I already have a SWITCH edu-ID. What do I have to do?

If you already have a SWITCH edu-ID account, you must link it to the University of Zurich.

You can link to the UZH account at

What are the advantages of the SWITCH edu-ID?

The SWITCH edu-ID:

  • provides a personal long-lasting account for accessing academic services in Switzerland
  • can be used during and after your studies at UZH
  • can be used during and after your employment at UZH
  • offers a single account for all universities in Switzerland and for national services such as access to libraries

How do I log in to the services affected in the future?

Select your organisation in the selection list and log in with your SWITCH edu-ID and password.


I have forgotten my password. What can I do?

Click here or on "Forgot your password?" on the SWITCH edu-ID page.

How can I set up two-factor authentication (2FA/MFA) using SWITCH edu-ID?

You can find instructions for configuring the 2FA here:

For multi-factor authentication, we recommend installing an authenticator app on your mobile phone.
Using an authenticator app is a secure method for multi-factor authentication and is independent of mobile phone coverage.
The previous options via SMS and telephone calls should be avoided.
On the one hand, these are no longer considered sufficiently secure and, on the other hand, people are dependent on sufficient mobile phone coverage.

A notice:

  • Authenticator app (e.g. from Microsoft: Download or from Google: Download(Android) / Download (Apple), but other authenticator apps also work): The app must not be deleted after registration.
    Multifactor authentication must be confirmed regularly.
    The authenticator app must also be reconfigured after a device change.