How to Turn On or Off Automatically Unlock Screen for Windows Hello Face in Windows 10
InformationWindows Hello is a more personal, more secure way to get instant access to your Windows 10 devices using fingerprint, face, or eye recognition.
Windows Hello, greets you by name and with a smile, letting you sign in without a password and providing instant, more secure access to your Windows 10 devices. Windows Hello introduces system support for biometric authentication – using your face, iris, or fingerprint to unlock your devices – with technology that is much safer than traditional passwords. You– uniquely you– plus your device are the keys to your Windows experience, apps, data and even websites and services – not a random assortment of letters and numbers that are easily forgotten, hacked, or written down and pinned to a bulletin board. Modern sensors recognize your unique personal characteristics to sign-you-in on a supporting Windows 10 device.
After you set up your face with Windows Hello, you can turn on or off to automatically unlock the lock screen when Windows Hello recognizes your face to sign in with.
This tutorial will show you how to turn on or off to automatically unlock the lock screen when Windows Hello recognizes your face at sign-in in Windows 10.
- Option One: To Turn On or Off Automatically Unlock Screen when Face is Recognized in Settings
- Option Two: To Turn On or Off Automatically Unlock Screen when Face is Recognized in Registry Editor
OPTION ONETo Turn On or Off Automatically Unlock Screen when Face is Recognized in Settings
1. Open Settings, and click/tap on the Accounts icon.
2. Click/tap on Sign-in options on the left side, and turn on or off Automatically unlock the screen if we recognize your face for what you want under Face under Windows Hello on the right side. (see screenshot below)
3. When finished, you can close Settings if you like.
OPTION TWOTo Turn On or Off Automatically Unlock Screen when Face is Recognized in Registry Editor
NoteYou must be signed in as an administrator to be able to do this option.
1. Open a command prompt, copy and paste the command below, and press Enter.
wmic useraccount list brief
2. Make note of the SID (ex: S-1-5-21-3805314223-219034569-1648957350-1001) for the user account (ex: Brink) you want to turn on or off automatically unlock screen when face is recognized. You will need to the SID in step 6 below. (see screenshot below)
3. Press the Win+R keys to open Run, type regedit, and click/tap on OK to open Registry Editor.
4. If prompted by UAC, click/tap on Yes.
5. In Registry Editor, browse to the location below. (see screenshot below)
6. Under the FaceLogon key, look for a subkey with the same name as the SID from step 2 above, and open it. (see screenshot below step 5)
NoteIf there isn't a key for the SID, then it means this user account did not set up a face in Windows Hello first.
7. In the right pane of the SID key (ex: S-1-5-21-3805314223-219034569-1648957350-1001), double click/tap on the AutoDismissOn DWORD to modify it. (see screenshot below step 5)
8. Do step 9 (on) or step 10 (off) below for what you want to do.
A) Type 1, click/tap on OK, and go to step 11 below. (see screenshot below)
A) Type 0, click/tap on OK, and go to step 11 below. (see screenshot below)
11. You can now close Registry Editor if you like.
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