How to Add a PIN to your Account in Windows 10
You can create a PIN (Personal Identification Number) to use in place of passwords. Having a PIN makes it easier to sign in to Windows, apps, and services.
When you sign-in to Windows 10 with a PIN number, you only need to type your PIN number without pressing Enter.
This tutorial will show you how to add a PIN to your account in Windows 10.
- Why a PIN is better than a password (Windows 10)
- You must add a password to your account before you can use any other sign-in options like PIN.
- Before you can use a fingerprint to sign in to Windows, you must set up a PIN.
- Before you can use a face to sign in to Windows, you must set up a PIN.
- Domain users will not be able sign-in with a PIN by default in Windows unless enabled.
- The only way to set up your PIN again is to reset it.
- Microsoft is working closely with their hardware partners to deliver Windows Hello capable devices that will ship with Windows 10 and are excited to announce that all OEM systems incorporating the Intel® RealSense™ 3D Camera (F200) will support the facial unlock features of Windows Hello, including automatic sign-in to Windows, and support to unlock “Passport” without the need for a PIN.
- When you boot to Safe Mode, you will only be able to sign in with your password, and not with any other sign-in option (ex: Fingerprint or PIN).
EXAMPLE: Sign-in to Windows 10 with PIN
1. Open the Settings app, and click/tap on the Accounts icon.
2. Click/tap on Sign-in options on the left side, and click/tap on the Add button under PIN on the right side. (see screenshot below)
3. If prompted to verify your account password, enter your password or required information, and click/tap on OK or Sign in, Next, and Next. (see screenshot below)
4. Enter at least a minimum 4 digit PIN number you want for your account, and click/tap on OK. (see screenshot below)
5. When finished, you can close Settings if you like.