How to set up and use Windows Hello in Windows 10 to sign in

A new feature in Windows 10, Windows Hello brings biometric security to the new operating system from Microsoft. This feature eliminates the need to login into any Windows device using passwords and is a more secure way to sign in to your Windows 10 device, app or service. This post will show you how to set up and use Windows Hello in Windows 10 to sign in.

Windows Hello supports facial recognition and works by scanning the iris. It also supports fingerprints. The highlight of it is the Infrared Technology support that allows the facial recognition feature to work in almost all kinds of lighting situations. The departure from the normal behavior of having to enter a password every time you log in is thus very welcome.

Read: PIN vs Password in Windows 10 – Which offers better security?

How to use Windows Hello in Windows 10


When you this feature, your device will authenticate you with a camera or fingerprint reader. Setting up Hello is pretty easy.

Press Win+I to open the Settings app. Click on ‘Accounts‘ section. Under the Accounts section, select Sign-in options.

Scroll down, and you will see Windows Hello. This section allows you to sign in to Windows 10, apps and services using your Fingerprint or Face.

Clicking on the desired option will open a Get started wizard, which you can follow to complete the formalities.

You can set up a Fingerprint by clicking on one of the available options – Add a fingerprint, Add another fingerprint or Remove one. Press your thumb to your device’s fingerprint scanner to register it.

You can also set up your ‘Face‘. Face your camera and allow it to capture the 3D view of your face

Your device must have a Windows Hello compatible camera and a fingerprint scanner and must also meet other Windows Hello requirements. Check out the list of PCs that support Windows Hello.

Once done, you can click the Improve recognition tab to perform more captures. You can also configure whether it should auto unlock as soon as you become visible and if turning your head is required. Now when the machine is locked, you should see a small eye icon and text alongside it.

That’s it!

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Once you have completed the procedure, whenever you need to sign in, whether its Windows 10, apps or services, you will see a Making sure it’s you screen. Once verified, it will display a Yup, it’s you message. Clicking on Continue will let you move forward.

This post shows how to set up Windows Hello or Fingerprint Reader on Windows 10 or Surface device.

Learn more about Windows Hello and Microsoft Passport.

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  1. ann

    I have been trying for two hours to sign in to Microsoft. I am am so frustrated. I lost my tool icon, solitaire etc. etc. this is no good


    My sign in options don’t have this hello feature.


    can somebody help me getting this feature in my sign-in options

  4. Kyle

    Unless you bought your computer with a fingerprint scanner or a camera that is compatible with Hello, and I am assuming that you just updated from 7 or 8.1, you likely don’t have the hardware that Hello would need to work properly, thus, you’ll not see the options nor is there a way for them to show up. I don’t have them either.
    This information is quite easily found in this article, too, by the way.

  5. Kyle

    Unsure what you mean by tool icon (I’m assuming that you mean Control Panel) but a lot of those features were moved into a new, easier to use, app called Settings. And as for your other apps, a lot of times, when you update to a new operating system, you have the chance of losing some apps and files unless you do a clean install of the new operating system overtop of your old one. That sounds like what happened to you. The only solution that you have at this point is to reinstall them all.

  6. Davi Daniel Siepmann (Coradini

    How does Microsoft makes this magic?? I was using my fingerprint to login on Win10 and…. sometime… it STOPS WORKING!! How Bill Gates??? How can you do this stupid things with us???

  7. Davi Daniel Siepmann (Coradini

    “Now we have a list compatible devices”…. I think this is your answer!

  8. Rehan Baloch

    i am using Windows 10. But i dont have windows hello anywhere. Can anyone help me. Please

  9. maanav

    i have a inbuilt camera but still this option is not availble

  10. JR Jones

    there is NO windows hello on windows 10 to do this stuff…and I followed the instructions

  11. JR Jones

    windows 10 is HORRIBLE….absolutley HORRIBLE……nothing is easy anymore….all difficult and for the older people HORRIBLE.

  12. JR Jones

    neither do mine

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