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Windows Hello is a more personal and secure way to sign in to your Windows device. Instead of using a password, with Windows Hello you can sign in using facial recognition, fingerprint, or a PIN.

These options help make it easier and safer to sign into your PC because your PIN is only associated with one device, and it's backed up for recovery with your Microsoft account.

You can use the Settings app to configure and manage Windows Hello.

  1. In the Settings app on your Windows device, select Accounts > Sign-in options or use the following shortcut:

    Sign-in options

  2. Under Ways to sign in , you have three choices to sign in with Windows Hello:

    • Select Facial recognition (Windows Hello) to set up facial recognition sign-in with your PC's infrared camera or an external infrared camera

    • Select Fingerprint recognition (Windows Hello) to set up sign-in with a fingerprint reader

    • Select PIN (Windows Hello) to set up sign-in with a PIN

    Screenshot of Settings - Options to configure Windows Hello.

    Important: Signing in with your face requires a Hello-compatible camera. Signing in with your fingerprint requires your device to have a fingerprint reader.

    If your device didn't come with one of those you can purchase one that can be connected to your device via USB from any of a number of popular retailers.

  3. Choose an option an select Set up

  4. Follow the instructions to complete the configuration of Windows Hello

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The next time you sign in to your device, you can use facial recognition, fingerprint identification, or PIN code instead of your password.

Screenshot of the Windows 11 sign-in screen.

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