How to Disable Wakeup Password in Windows 11 for Sleep and Modern Standby?

When you wake up your Windows 11 PC from Sleep, Modern Standby, or Hibernate state, it prompts you to sign in. There are plenty of methods you can use to change this behavior. In this post, we will review them all. This feature makes your PC more secure, and no authorized users can enter into your computer in the absence of yours.

However, if you think this feature is unnecessary for you as you are the only user of this PC and no unauthorized people can access them, Windows 11 allows you to disable it.

Windows 11 enters into a special low power mode if supported by the hardware, called Sleep. Your computer can return from sleep mode faster than from a cold boot. Depending on the hardware, several sleep modes may be available on your computer, and one of them is Modern Standby.

How to Disable Password Prompt on Wakeup in Windows 11?

There are a lot of methods available to disable the password on wakeup in Windows 11. However, we will only review those that are easy to use and serves the purposes. The easiest way to disable the password prompt on wakeup in Windows 11 is the settings app.

Step 1. Open the Settings app by pressing Windows + I shortcut keys from the keyboard.

Step 2. Click on the Accounts category from the left sidebar in the Settings window.

Step 3. On the right side of Accounts, click on the Sign-in options.

Step 4. On the right side, scroll down to see the option “If you’ve been away, when should Windows require you to sign in again?” in the Additional settings section. Select the Never option from the drop-down menu.

That’s it. Depends upon the hardware, you may see several options here. If your device supports Modern Standby, you can choose the wake-up option from Every Time, 1 minute, 3 minutes, 5 minutes, or 15 minutes. The default option is Every Time, which means you have to enter your password every time you wake up your device.

Note: It is essential to mention that this option is specific to the current user account. That means these changes do not apply to other user accounts that are created on your PC. If you want to set this policy for all users, you need to repeat it for every user account on your computer.

How to check if your Windows 11 PC supports Modern Standby?

If you would like to check if your Windows 11 computer supports modern standby, perform the following steps:-

Step 1. Open Windows Terminal with administrative privilege.

To do that, open the Run dialog box using Windows + R keys from the keyboard. In the Run box, type wt.exe and then press Ctrl + Shift + Enter from the keyboard.

Step 2. Int the Windows Terminal (PowerShell or Command Prompt), type the following command and hit Enter from the keyboard:-

powercfg -a

In the output, find the value for Standby (S0 Low Power Idle) Network Connected or Standby (S0 Low Power Idle) Network Disconnected lines. If one of them says “Available,” then your computer supports Modern Standby. Unfortunately, mine doesn’t support this feature.

How to Enable or Disable Wakeup Password in Windows 11 for all User Accounts?

Using Group Policy, you can enable or disable the wakeup password in Windows 11 for all user accounts on your computer. But, the Local Group Policy Editor tool is available on Windows 11 Pro, Enterprise, and Education editions only. It is not available in Windows 11 Home edition.

Step 1. Open Local Group Policy Editor (gpedit.msc).

To do that, press Windows + R keys from the keyboard to launch the Run dialog. In the Run, type gpedit.msc and hit Enter from the keyboard.

Step 2. In the Local Group Policy Editor window that opens, navigate to the following path from the left sidebar:-

Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > System > Power Management > Sleep Settings

Step 3. On the right of the Sleep Settings folder, look for the policy name Require a password when a computer wakes (plugged in) and double-click on it to open it.

Step 4. Select Disabled.

Step 5. Click Apply.

Step 6. Click OK.

Step 7. Now, look for the policy on same path with name Require a password when a computer wakes (on battery).

Step 8. Double click on the policy name “Require a password when a computer wakes (on battery)” to open its settings and then select the Disabled option.

Step 9. Click Apply.

Step 10. Click OK.

Step 11. Restart or reboot your computer.

That’s it. If you set the option to “Enabled,” your computer will force all users to Sign-in with a password on wake up. Now, the corresponding values in the Settings app will be grayed out, and users will be unable to change them. If you want to remove the requirement of passwords when your PC wakes from sleep, in both policies, select the option “Not Configured.”

Those windows users using the Home edition of Windows 11 can enable the Group Policy Editor (gpedit.msc) before applying the above changes.

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