How to Login with Picture Password in Windows 11

This post shows students and new users how to add picture passwords to Windows 11 accounts so a user can sign in by highlighting parts of an image that are important to them and that they remember.

Windows 11 allows you to sign in with your picture. You can use any picture, and a set of gestures that you draw upon it to allow you to login to your PC. You’re allowed three gestures, that you can draw on the picture and create a unique patterns.

You can create patterns on the picture using your mouse, touchpad, or finger on a touchscreen to create a combination of circles, straight lines, and/or taps. Once the patterns are selected, you’ll be able to login when you correctly guess the correct parterns.

You can create a picture password for both your local account and Microsoft account. The steps below will show you how to set it up and use it in Windows 11.

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 picture password. 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 picture password in Windows 11, follow the steps below:

How to setup picture password in Windows 11

Picture password is a feature that allows you to sign in to your PC with your pictures. You don’t to remember complex password anymore. Simply guess the correct patterns on an image 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 Picture password to expand and click Add as highlighted below.

windows 11 add picture password

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

windows 11 welcome to picture password wizard

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

windows 11 choose picture for picture password

Browse and select the picture you want to use. Then on the top right, click the link the reads “Use this picture” as highlighted below.

windows 11 use this picture for picture password

Now you can draw three gestures on the picture. You can use a combination of circles, straight lines, and taps. You must remember the size, the position of the gestures and the direction.

When you successfully draw and confirm a patterns, Windows should accept your unique patterns as your password. For this post, I drew three circles over both eyes and nose.

windows 11 picture password finished

Click Finish to complete the setup.

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

windows 11 login with picture

That should do it!


This post showed you how to sign in to Windows 11 with picture password. If you find any error above, please use the comment form below to report.

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  1. My Laptop doesn’t have this picture password option although it’s Windows 11. What should I do to activate and have it?

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