How to add a Finger to Fingerprint Reader in Windows 11

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This post shows students and new users steps to add additional fingers to Windows fingerprint recognition sign-in with Windows 11. When you set up a Windows Hello Fingerprint recognition sign-in, you can register and authenticate with more fingers.

Adding more fingers to authenticate with is similar to when setting up a fingerprint recognition sign-in the first time. You can use as many fingers to create a fingerprint profile. Only fingers that are added and registered will be used to sign in to Windows.

Windows Hello Fingerprint feature provides a more personal and secure way to sign into Windows. One can use a PIN, facial recognition, or fingerprint to sign into their Windows devices. Windows Hello feature offers several ways one can ditch their passwords in favor of a more secure and personal method of authentication.

Below is how to add additional fingers to use with Windows 11 finger recognition sign-in.

How to add additional fingers to Windows Hello Finger recognition sign in with Windows 11

As mentioned above one can use multiple fingers to sign in to Windows 11 with Windows Hello Finger recognition feature. Once Hello Finger recognition is set up, adding additional fingers is easy.

Below is how to do that.

Windows 11 has a centralized location for majority of its settings. From system configurations to creating new users and updating Windows, all can be done from its System Settings pane.

To get to System Settings, you can use the Windows key + i shortcut or click on Start ==> Settings as shown in the image below:

windows 11 start settings

Alternatively, you can use the search box on the taskbar and search for Settings. Then select to open it.

Windows Settings pane should look similar to the image below. In Windows Settings, click Accounts, and select Sign-in options tile on the right as shown in the image below.

windows 11 sign in option tile

On the Sign-in options settings pane, select Fingerprint recognition (Windows Hello) tile to expand it, and click Set up another finger as highlighted below.

windows 11 set up another finger button updated

Type your account’s PIN to verify it’s you.

On the next screen, Windows will ask you to start swiping the finger you want to use to login on the fingerprint reader or sensor until Windows can get a full reading of your print.

windows 11 fingerprint reader

Once Windows has successfully read the print on the first finger, you’ll see all set message with an option to add prints from other fingers if you wish to add more.

That should do it!


This post showed you how to set up additional fingers for fingerprint sign in with Windows 11. If you find any error above or have something to add, please use the comment form below.

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