How to Sign in to Windows 11 with your Fingerprint

This post shows students and new users how to add a fingerprint to Windows 11 account and log in to the computer with it.

Windows 11 allows you to sign in with your finger if your machine is capable of using biometrics. Your PC will need a fingerprint sensor or reader to read your fingerprint. If your computer wasn’t built with fingerprint reader, you can get an external reader and attach it to your computer via USB and use it this way.

You can use any finger to create a fingerprint profile. Remember that you’ll need the same finger each you wish to login to Windows 11.

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

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 fingerprint recognition. 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 fingerprint and sign in Windows 11, follow the steps below:

How to setup fingerprint and sign in to Windows 11

Fingerprint recognition is a feature that allows you to sign in to your PC with your fingerprint. You don’t to remember complex password anymore. Simply use your finger 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 Fingerprint recognition (Windows Hello) to expand and click Set up as highlighted below.

windows 11 login with fingerprint

Next, its just a matter of following the onscreen instructions to scan your fingerprint and setup your account. You’ll be prompted to enter your current password or PIN if you setup a PIN password.

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.

Click Finish to complete the setup.

The next time you want to sign in to Windows, you scan the correct finger over the reader to get access to your computer.

That should do it!


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


  1. i am unable to do so my laptop displays a message “this option is currently unavailable”.
    i have updated my windows from windows 10 to windows 11.

  2. i have hp pavilion and it have fingerprint scanner as well but when i try to set up in the setting its showing “set up” but without highlighting i can’t press it ? what shout i do now it happened after uopdating 11 thats all

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