It’s easy to make your Windows device passwordless by using Windows Hello to unlock your PC, but how you do it will depend on what your PC supports.

Passwordless sign in for your Windows Device not only makes your PC more secure by using a PIN stored on your device (that isn’t in the cloud) but it also makes signing into your PC way easier to set up and, naturally, we’ll show you how on this page. You can also use Windows Hello facial recognition or fingerprint recognition provided your PC supports it fingerprint recognition requires your PC to have a fingerprint reader for example, and often such readers are limited to business PCs rather than. It goes without saying that you shouldn’t share your PIN with anybody or use anything obvious like a birthday. Remember that if someone gets access to your PIN, they’ll be able to access your entire device, just as with a password, so it must be something that’s not easy for someone else to guess.

Go To Settings:

Everything we’ll need to do in this tutorial is within the Setting app. The easiest way to get here is to open the Start Menu and click the cog on the left-hand side, although you can search for it or get to it via Action Center. Once you’re in the Settings app and click Accounts and then select Sign-in options from the left-hand column.

Different Sign-in Methods

The most popular way to sign in is still using your Microsoft account and password, but we’ll show you how to get past the password and use either a PIN, fingerprint if you have a reader on your PC, or facial recognition. If you don’t know your password, fix this first using the links on the right, especially if you can’t access your Microsoft account.

Set Up a Pin

If you’ve not got a PIN set up, now’s the time. Click Windows Hello Pin. Setting one up is a pretty painless experience. Once it’s done, you can always use your PIN to sign into Windows instead of your password. You’ll need to use at least a four-digit PIN, but you can use more if you want to. Remember that the PIN you specify is stored on that device, not online.

Turn on Windows Hello

To make your device passwordless, turn on the option that says ‘Require Windows Hello sign-in for Microsoft account’ (or it might say ‘Make your device passwordless’ depending on the version of Windows 10 you’re using). Once this is toggled on, you’ll need to use your PIN or one of the other Windows Hello methods to log in.

Set up Your Face:

We’re going to try Windows Hello Fact out, as we have a compatible device – you may not have this option. Click ‘Set up’, and you’ll be taken through a simple experience. Your device will scan your face so it can use it instead of your PIN most of the time. If you want to set up fingerprint recognition instead – as long as your device supports it with hardware – the process is similar.

Automatically dismiss the lock screen

Once Windows Hello Face is set up, you can toggle on the option to automatically dismiss the lock screen once you’re recognized. That means you can open your laptop and be directly signed into Windows without having to do anything (similar to an increasing number of smartphones). You can also click ‘Improve recognition’ if you’re having issues being recognized.

Requires Sign In

If you don’t have Windows Hello enabled, you can also ask your PC to require regular sign-in, especially if you step away from your PC. Using the option at the bottom of this Window you can also choose to restart the same apps when you re-enter Windows after you’ve signed out. This really depends on personal preference – you may prefer a fresh start.

Auto Lock Your PC

You’re also able to use Dynamic Lock to lock your PC when you step away from it. This works with a specific Bluetooth device – probably your phone. When the device moves away from your PC, perhaps if you leave the office at lunch, it will automatically lock your PC. This is a good feature to enable if you aren’t in the habit of locking your PC.

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