Published by


Brink's Avatar
Administrator

Posts: 19,014

Show Printable Version 


How to Add a Picture Password to your Account in Windows 10

information   Information
You can sign in to your PC with a picture password. You choose the picture and the three gestures you use with it to create a password that's uniquely yours. When you have chose a picture, you "draw" with the mouse, touchpad, or pin/finger on a touchscreen to create a combination of circles, straight lines, and taps. The size, position, and direction of your gestures become part of your picture password.

This tutorial will show you how to add a picture password to your account in Windows 10.

Note   Note

  • You can create a picture password for a local account and Microsoft account.
  • A local account must have a password to be able to add a picture password. A Microsoft account will be password protected by default.
  • If your PC is joined to a domain, then you will not be able to add a picture password. The PC must be a member of a workgroup instead.
  • You can click/tap on the Sign-on options link on the Sign-in screen to change what (ex: Picture password, password, PIN, Face, Fingerprint) to use to sign-in to your account with.
  • When you boot to Safe Mode, you will only be able to sign in with your account's password, and not with any other sign-in option.


EXAMPLE: Picture password on Sign-in screen
Click image for larger version. 

Name:	Sign-in_Picture_password.jpg 
Views:	46 
Size:	200.9 KB 
ID:	98628



Here's How:

1. Open Settings, 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 Picture password on the right side. (see screenshot below)

Click image for larger version. 

Name:	Picture_password-1.png 
Views:	38 
Size:	70.7 KB 
ID:	98629

3. Enter your account's password to verify it's you, and click/tap on OK. (see screenshot below)

Name:  Picture_password-2.png
Views: 286
Size:  17.9 KB

4. Click/tap on Choose picture in the left pane. (see screenshot below)

Click image for larger version. 

Name:	Picture_password-3.jpg 
Views:	37 
Size:	121.3 KB 
ID:	98631

5. Navigate to and select the picture file you want to use, and click/tap on Open. (see screenshot below)

Click image for larger version. 

Name:	Picture_password-4.png 
Views:	32 
Size:	53.3 KB 
ID:	98632

6. Drag your picture to position it the way you want, and click/tap on Use this picture when finished. (see screenshot below)
Note   Note
If you want to use a different picture, then click/tap on Choose new picture and repeat step 5 above until you have a picture you want to use.


Click image for larger version. 

Name:	Picture_password-5.jpg 
Views:	35 
Size:	87.0 KB 
ID:	98633

7. Draw the first gesture on your picture. (see screenshot below)
Note   Note
You can use any combination of circles, straight lines, and taps.

If you make a mistake, then you can click/tap on Start over to return to step 7.


Click image for larger version. 

Name:	Picture_password-6.jpg 
Views:	39 
Size:	97.3 KB 
ID:	98634

8. Draw the second gesture on your picture. (see screenshot below)
Note   Note
You can use any combination of circles, straight lines, and taps.

If you make a mistake, then you can click/tap on Start over to return to step 7.


Click image for larger version. 

Name:	Picture_password-7.jpg 
Views:	33 
Size:	97.2 KB 
ID:	98635

9. Draw the third gesture on your picture. (see screenshot below)
Note   Note
You can use any combination of circles, straight lines, and taps.

If you make a mistake, then you can click/tap on Start over to return to step 7.


Click image for larger version. 

Name:	Picture_password-8.jpg 
Views:	35 
Size:	97.0 KB 
ID:	98636

10. You will now need to repeat steps 7 to 9 above to draw the same three gestures again to confirm them. (see screenshot below)

Click image for larger version. 

Name:	Picture_password-9.jpg 
Views:	37 
Size:	92.1 KB 
ID:	98637

11. If successful, click/tap on Finish. (see screenshot below)

Click image for larger version. 

Name:	Picture_password-10.jpg 
Views:	36 
Size:	93.1 KB 
ID:	98638

12. Your picture password has now been added as a sign-in option. You can now close Settings if you like. (see screenshot below)

Click image for larger version. 

Name:	Picture_password-11.png 
Views:	37 
Size:	25.2 KB 
ID:	98639


That's it,
Shawn