How to Disable Fingerprint Recognition Sign-in with Windows 11

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This post shows students and new users steps to disable the use of fingerprint recognition sign-in with Windows 11. Windows 11 comes with a Windows Hello feature that provides a more personal and secure way to sign into Windows devices.

With Windows Hello, one can use a PIN, their face, or fingerprint to sign into their devices. Windows Hello is a way one can ditch their passwords in favor of a more secure and personal method of authentication.

In order to use Windows Hello security authentication methods, you’ll need a Windows computer with special hardware that supports these authentication methods. You’ll need a fingerprint reader to sign in with your fingerprint, an infrared camera to use your face and TPM to sign in with a PIN.

The steps below show you how to disable or remove a fingerprint recognition sign-in option with Windows 11. Once you set up a fingerprint authentication, you’ll be allowed to sign in with your printerprint.

If you do not want to use your fingerprint to sign in, simply remove that option, and the steps below show you how.

How to remove fingerprint recognition sign-in option with Windows 11

As mentioned above, Windows Hello provides a more personal and secure way to sign into Windows without a normal password.

If you have configured a facial recognition login and you want to disable it, then use the steps below 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, then select the Sign-in options tile on the right pane of your screen shown in the image below.

windows 11 sign in option tile

On the Sign-in options settings pane, under Ways to sign in, click on the Fingerprint recognition (Windows Hello) tile to expand it.

Then click the Remove button to disable the fingerprint recognition sign in option in Windows 11.

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That should do it!


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