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.
If your Windows 11 device has a built-in fingerprint sensor or connected fingerprint reader, you can set up the fingerprint recognition sign-in option.
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Your account is required to have a PIN to set up fingerprint recognition.
EXAMPLE: Fingerprint recognition sign-in option on sign-in screen
1 Open Settings (Win+I).
2 Click/tap on Accounts on the left side, and click/tap on Sign-in options on the right side. (see screenshot below)
3 Under Ways to sign in, click/tap on Fingerprint recognition (Windows Hello) to expand it open. (see screenshot below step 4)
4 Click/tap on the Set up button to the right of Sign in with Windows, apps, and services. (see screenshot below)
5 Click/tap on Get started. (see screenshot below)
6 Type your account's PIN to verify it's you. (see screenshot below)
7 Touch the fingerprint sensor with the finger you want to use, and follow any given instructions until finished. (see screenshots below)
8 Click/tap on Next when ready. (see screenshot below)
9 Touch the fingerprint sensor with the finger you want to use, and follow any given instructions until finished. (see screenshots below)
10 Click/tap on Close when "All set". (see screenshot below)
11 You can now close Settings if you like.