This document explains Friend guest account invitations and how to use your Friend account to access U-M protected web resources. It also provides some troubleshooting tips.
If you received a Friend invitation from someone, follow the instructions in this document to respond to the invitation. If you requested your own Friend account and received an email message about the next step in the account-creation process, you can either follow the instructions here for the rest of the process or navigate to How to Set Up a Friend Account for Guest Access to U-M Computing Resources.
What Is a Friend Account Invitation?
Many web resources at the University of Michigan require you to first login with a login ID and a password before you can access the webpage or site. Members of the U-M community can use their uniqnames and UMICH passwords to do this.
Sometimes, members of the U-M community want to give guests access to their web resources. They can then send these guests invitations to create Friend guest accounts.
If you have received an invitation to create a Friend guest account, it is either because you requested access to a particular web resource at U-M or because someone at U-M believes that you want/need such access.
A Friend guest account invitation can be customized by the person or U-M unit that sends it, so each invitation may look a bit different. In general, though, Friend invitations are sent via email and include, at a minimum, the following information:
The email address of the person or service that sent you the invitation.
A Create Friend Account link that you can click to create your guest account.
A link to this documentation—Responding to a Friend Guest Account Invitation.
A link to information about Information Technology Policies at the University of Michigan.
Responding to the Invitation
To respond to the invitation and create your own Friend guest account, begin by clicking the Create Friend Acount link in the text of the invitation. Here are the account setup steps:
Click the Create Friend Account link in the email invitation you received.
Your Web browser will open to a page where you will be asked to provide your email address and to choose a password. After you do so, click the Set Password button.
You will see confirmation that your Friend account has been created. On that confirmation page will be a link you can click to login and to connect to the Web resource(s) that you were invited to use.
You will also receive an email message confirming the account creation and providing you with some additional information. We recommend that you save that message for future reference.
Using Your New Friend Account
You can use your Friend guest account to login to any U-M Web resource that you have been authorized to use.
Your login ID or name is the full email address that you provided.
Your password is the initial one that you selected.
Enter your email address and password at the login screen for the Web resource you wish to use.
What If I Forget My Friend Password?
To Reset Your Password
If you forget your Friend account password, you can reset it yourself by visiting the Reset Friend Password page and following the instructions there.
To Change Your Password
You can change your password at any time by visiting the Change Friend Password page. First, you will need to log in with your email address and your current password. Then you will be taken to a page where you can change your password.
If You Do Not Receive the Account Confirmation Message
After you select your Friend password, an email message is sent to the email address you provided. This message confirms creation of your Friend guest account.
Most people who report not receiving this message find that it has been caught by their spam filter. If your email program files suspected spam messages in a junk or spam folder, please check that folder for the message. The message will be from firstname.lastname@example.org, and the subject line will be U-M: Your New Friend Account.
If Your Invitation has Expired
The personalized Create Friend Account link in your invitation expires after 24 hours. If you click the link after it expires and provide a password, you'll see an error message letting you know the invitation has expired.
You can request a Friend account for yourself without an invitation by going to the Request a Friend Account page.