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How to Add or Remove a Fingerprint for your Account in Windows 10

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Windows Hello is a more personal, more secure way to get instant access to your Windows 10 devices using fingerprint or face 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.

For more about Windows Hello, see:

If your PC has a fingerprint reader, then you will be able to setup and add a fingerprint for your account.

A fingerprint reader is a device that uses your fingerprint to identify you. It works by scanning an image of your fingerprint, and then saving a registered copy of it. When you need to identify yourself, such as when signing in to Windows or an app, the fingerprint reader scans your fingerprint and compares it to the saved version.

This tutorial will show you how to add or remove a fingerprint for your account that you can use to sign in to Windows 10, apps, and Microsoft services.

Note   Note
Local users (Microsoft and local accounts) are able to sign-in to Windows with a fingerprint by default unless disabled.

Domain users will not be able sign-in to Windows with a fingerprint by default unless enabled.

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).


CONTENTS:
  • Option One: To Setup a Fingerprint for your Account in Windows 10
  • Option Two: To Add a Fingerprint to your Account in Windows 10
  • Option Three: To Remove All Fingerprints from your Account in Windows 10






Fingerprint - Add or Remove in Windows 10 OPTION ONE Fingerprint - Add or Remove in Windows 10
To Setup a Fingerprint for your Account in Windows 10

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You would use this option if you have not setup and added a fingerprint to your account yet.


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 Set up for Fingerprint under Windows Hello on the right side. (see screenshot below)
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If you have not already, you must set up a PIN before you can enroll in Windows Hello and setup a fingerprint.
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3. Click/tap on Get started. (see screenshot below)

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4. Enter your PIN to verify it's you. (see screenshot below)

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5. Scan your finger on the fingerprint reader. You will need to scan your finger a few times to set up with Windows Hello. (see screenshots below)

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6. When all set, click/tap on Close, or click/tap on Add another and go to step 5 above. (see screenshot below)

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Fingerprint - Add or Remove in Windows 10 OPTION TWO Fingerprint - Add or Remove in Windows 10
To Add a Fingerprint to your Account in Windows 10

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You would use this option after you have already setup fingerprint using Option One, and would like to add another finger now.


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 Add another for Fingerprint under Windows Hello on the right side. (see screenshot below)

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3. Click/tap on Get started. (see screenshot below)

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4. Enter your PIN or scan an added finger to verify it's you. (see screenshots below)

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5. Scan your finger on the fingerprint reader. You will need to scan your finger a few times to set up with Windows Hello. (see screenshots below)

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6. When all set, click/tap on Close, or click/tap on Add another and go to step 5 above. (see screenshot below)

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Fingerprint - Add or Remove in Windows 10 OPTION THREE Fingerprint - Add or Remove in Windows 10
To Remove All Fingerprints from your Account in Windows 10

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 Remove for Fingerprint under Windows Hello on the right side. (see screenshot below)

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Shawn