How to Login with a PIN in Windows 11?

One legacy feature that’s is available in Windows 10 as well as Windows 11 is Hello PIN. If you want to login into Windows 11 machine with a secure PIN (Personal Identification Number) instead of passwords, this gearupwindows post will help you.

If you don’t want to sign in to your computer with a password, Windows 11 lets you sign in to your PC with a PIN. The PIN is a recommended method by Microsoft that is a fast and secure way to log in to your Windows device. The PIN is a part of Windows Hello security that enables other sign-in options. For your information only, one can use a picture password, PIN, fingerprint sensor, and even facial recognition to sign into Windows 11. If your computer does not allow you to sign in with a fingerprint (the most secure way to login into Windows, if your PC equips with a fingerprint sensor) within this sign-in option, you can use Hello PIN to secure login.

The PIN is useless on other devices and only works on the specific device you have created. If you have generated a password to login into a Windows 11 PC using a Microsoft account, it can be stolen and used on any device with the same account. However, if you have generated a PIN, it is specific to the device you have developed. That means you can’t sign in to another computer with the same account using a PIN. This feature of Windows 11 enables you to keep your account secure, even if you connect your computer or laptop to the internet.

How to Setup Windows Hello PIN in Windows 11?

Windows Hello PIN is a unique feature that enables you to sign in to your PC with your PIN (Personal Identification Number). You don’t want to remember a complex password anymore; Microsoft recommends using a PIN to sign in to your PC. To set up and use a PIN, use the following recommended method:-

Step 1. Use the Windows + I shortcut keys to open the Settings app.

Step 2. When Windows Settings opens, select the Accounts category from the left sidebar.

Step 3. In the Accounts settings pane, select Sign-in options on the right pane of your screen.

Step 4. Next, on the Sign-in options settings, select the PIN (Windows Hello) header to expand it.

Step 5. When you’re done, click the Set up button, besides “Use a PIN to sign in to Windows, apps, and services.”

Step 6. In the following window that appears, enter your account password to verify and then click the OK button to proceed with the next steps.

Step 7. In the following screen, enter a PIN and then confirm it by re-entering it. When done, click the OK button.

By default Windows 11 allows entering the PIN as numbers. If you need, check the checkbox labeled with “Include letters and symbol” to enter the complex PIN so that no one can guess it.

Step 8. After that, click the OK button.

That’s it! The next time you try to sign in to your Windows 11 computer, you need to confirm the correct PIN.

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