How to Login with a PIN in Windows 11

This post shows students and new users how to login to Windows 11 with a secure PIN (Personal Identification Number) instead of passwords.

Windows 11 allows you to sign in with a PIN number. This personal PIN is a recommended, fast and secure way log in to your Windows device and access other apps, and services.

Windows PIN is part of Windows Hello security feature that enables other sign-in options. One can use picture password, PIN, fingerprint, and face and to sign into Windows. Hello PIN is secure in that the PIN is tied to the specific device on which it was set up.

The PIN is useless on other devices, and only works on the specific device it was created on. Passwords can be stolen and used on any device with the same account. However, with PIN, it can only be used on the device it was created on.

The new Windows 11 will come with many new features and enhancements that will work great for some while adding some learning challenges for others. Some things and settings have changed so much that folks will have to learn new ways to work with and manage Windows 11.

One legacy feature that’s also available in Windows 11 is Hello PIN. This was in previous versions of Windows as well, and now available in Windows 11.

Also, if you’re a student or new user and you want to learn how to use Windows, the easiest place to start is Windows 11. Windows 11 is a major release of the Windows NT operating system developed by Microsoft. Windows 11 is the successor to Windows 10 and it’s expected to be released later this year.

When you want to setup Hello PIN in Windows 11, follow the steps below:

How to setup Windows Hello PIN in Windows 11

Windows Hello PIN is a feature that allows you to sign in to your PC with your personal identification number. You don’t have to remember complex password anymore. Simply enter a PIN number to sign in to your PC.

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, select Sign-in options on the right pane of your screen shown in the image below.

windows 11 accounts sign in options

On the Sign-in options settings pane, select PIN (Windows Hello) to expand and click Set up as highlighted below.

windows 11 setup pin to login

When you click Set up above, it will prompt you to confirm your current password.

windows 11 pin setup password

After confirming your password, you can then click on link on the left to Choose a picture to use.

windows hello pin setup

Once you type and confirm the password, click OK to complete the setup.

The next time you want to sign in to Windows, you must confirm the correct PIN to sign in.

windows 11 login with pin

That should do it!


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