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Sign in with UW NetID – Weblogin


When you sign in with your UW NetID to access resources such as MyUW, Canvas, MyPlan, UW Google Apps, and many others, you will be authenticated by a sign-in service known as the “weblogin” service (

Learning how to sign in and sign out of the “weblogin” service will help you protect your privacy and prevent unauthorized use of your UW NetID.

How to Sign In

When asked to sign in by the “weblogin” service, enter your UW NetID and password. If your credentials can be verified, the “weblogin” service will remember your UW NetID for 8 hours. This reduces how often you have to reauthenticate.

WARNING: Don’t trust every website that asks for your password. The “weblogin” service is secure and trustworthy. You can recognize it by its unique address:

How to Sign Out

Remember to sign out after accessing resources using your UW NetID, especially if you share a computer, laptop, tablet, or smartphone with someone else.

The best way to sign out is to completely exit your web browser. Doing so prevents others from using your session with the “weblogin” service to access your personal information and other resources using your UW NetID as if they were you.

TIP: If you cannot completely exit your browser, open the following link to end your 8-hour sign-in session and clear the UW NetID that is signed in:

How to Completely Exit Most Common Web Browsers

Microsoft Windows

Internet Explorer
  • Shortcut: CTRL+W
  • Click on the close box in the upper right corner of the browser

Closing Windows IE

Google Chrome
  • Shortcut: CTRL+SHIFT+Q
  • Click on the square box with three bars to the right of the search field and select Exit

Windows Chrome Exit

  • Shortcut: ALT+F, X
  • Click on the File menu, select Exit

Windows Firefox Exit


  • Shortcut: Command-Q
  • Click on the Safari menu, and select Quit Safari

Apple Safari Quit

Google Chrome
  • Shortcut: Command-Q
  • Click on Chrome menu, and select Quit Google Chrome

Apple Chrome Quit

  • Shortcut: Command-Q
  • Click the Firefox menu, and select Quit Firefox

Apple Firefox Quit

Tablets and Smartphones

TIP: Because tablets and smartphones are seldom used by more than one person, you can protect yourself from unauthorized use of your UW NetID by locking the screen of your device. Use the auto-lock setting on your device to do this automatically.


Known Problems

Some known problems with the “weblogin” service are described below. If you cannot find a solution for your case, contact us for assistance.

Problems

Cookies are required
To sign in with UW NetID using the “weblogin” service, your browser must accept cookies.
TLS is required, and SSL is not supported
The “weblogin” service requires TLS (Transport Layer Security) for secure website connections. It doesn’t support SSL (Secure Sockets Layer). Recent versions of all major browsers support TLS. If your browser isn’t configured to use TLS, you will be unable to connect to the “weblogin” service. Your browser might display an error such as “SSL error” or “cypher mismatch,” or it may suggest that you turn on support for TLS. Some browsers erroneously report “the web page is not available.” Contact us for assistance.
Weblogin says “Login failed. Please re-enter”
The “weblogin” service says “Login failed” when the UW NetID and password aren’t successfully verified. Make sure you enter your UW NetID using all lowercase characters, and do not enter your full UW email address. Your UW NetID is the part of your UW email address to the left of the @ symbol (i.e. “uwnetid” is the UW NetID in Also, make sure your Caps Lock key is off and your Num Lock key is on.
“My roommate is signed in automatically!!”
If you try to sign in to MyUW or some other personalized UW website and your roommate or someone with whom you share a computer is signed in automatically, they may not have signed out. Please sign out for them and then try to sign in again. Contact us for assistance.
“I want to switch from one UW NetID to another and it won’t let me!!”
If you want to switch from being signed in with one UW NetID to another one, you must sign out first (see How to Sign Out above). This prevents two people from accessing each other’s personal information.
Non-supported browsers
The “weblogin” service is known to work with recent versions of all major browsers. Other browsers may not be compatible.
Problems uploading files while signing in
The “weblogin” service cannot simultaneously help you sign in to a website and upload a file at the same time. It is a limitation that must be worked around by signing in to the website before trying to upload any files.

Browsing Problems

Shortened domain names
The “weblogin” service is sensitive to shortened domain names. When you open a website that relies on the “weblogin” service, use the full unabbreviated domain name. For example, use rather than just depts.
Back button problems
Many browsers have problems backing through the part of your browser history that includes the “weblogin” service. Sometimes you can work around this problem by clicking the back button an extra time or two. You can also get back to recent locations using your browser history. For example, click and hold the back button to choose a website from your recent browsing history. (Note: This problem is less common with newer versions of most browsers. Consider upgrading your browser if you encounter this problem.)
Opening or bookmarking the “weblogin” service
The “weblogin” service isn’t useful by itself. Its usefulness is tied to some other website (e.g. MyUW) that relies on the “weblogin” service for sign in. Therefore, it isn’t very useful to visit or bookmark the “weblogin” service directly.