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October 8, 2007

Converting a .Mac account to a Family Pack sub-account

.Mac trial accounts and e-mail-only accounts can be converted to a Family Pack sub-account right away without problem under Account → Manage Accounts → Convert an Account, as explained in the .Mac help (trial, email-only). It’s less clear about converting an existing normal account, though.

The key is to turn off automatic renewal (Account → Credit Card Info → Auto-Renew), let the account expire and then convert it (cf. Converting an expired .Mac account to a Family Pack sub-account.) Apparently1, .Mac will keep all your account data for two weeks after expiration, so if you convert it within this period, you won’t lose anything.

1. ‘Apparently’ here meaning “use this information at your own risk.” 

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