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Windows Hello is a more personal, more secure way to get instant access to your Windows 11 devices using a PIN, facial recognition, or fingerprint. You'll need to set up a PIN as part of setting up fingerprint or facial recognition sign-in, but you can also sign in with just your 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.   

Set up Windows Hello 

Select the button above to get directly to Settings, or follow these steps to set up Windows Hello:

  1. Select Start > Settings > Accounts > Sign-in options .

  2. Under Ways to sign in, you'll see three choices to sign in with Windows Hello:

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

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

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

Related topics

How does Windows Hello keep my info private?

Reset your PIN when you aren't signed in to Windows

Change your PIN when you're already sign in to your device

Troubleshoot problems with Windows Hello

Windows Hello is a more personal, more secure way to get instant access to your Windows 10 devices using a PIN, facial recognition, or fingerprint. You'll need to set up a PIN as part of setting up fingerprint or facial recognition sign-in, but you can also sign in with just your 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.   

Set up Windows Hello 

Select the button above to get directly to Settings, or follow these steps to set up Windows Hello:

  1. Select Start  > Settings  > Accounts  > Sign-in options .

  2. Under Manage how you sign in to your device, you'll see three choices to sign in with Windows Hello:

    1. Select Windows Hello Face to set up facial recognition sign-in with your PC's infrared camera or an external infrared camera.

    2. Select Windows Hello Fingerprint to set up sign-in with a fingerprint reader.

    3. Select Windows Hello PIN to set up sign-in with a PIN. 

Related topics

How does Windows Hello keep my info private?

Reset your PIN when you aren't signed in to Windows

Change your PIN when you're already sign in to your device

Troubleshoot problems with Windows Hello

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