Windows 10, the latest iteration of Windows operating system, offers a bunch of methods to sign in to your account. You can use traditional password, picture password, PIN, fingerprint scan or face recognition (Windows Hello) to log in to Windows 10. In this guide, we will discuss what is a PIN, and how to use it to log in to Windows 10.
When enabled, PIN replaces the traditional password but the PIN feature is available only when you sign in to Windows 10 with a Microsoft account instead of a local account. Both Windows 10 Home and Pro editions support signing in with a PIN.
While using a PIN, if you ever forget your PIN, you can still use traditional password to sign in to your account. To sign in using your password, click Sign in options link that appears just below the PIN field, and then click on the icon on the right to see the password field. Enter your Microsoft account password, and then press Enter key.
The minimum length of the PIN is 4 numbers, however, we advise you use a PIN with at least 6 digits.
Add PIN to your account in Windows 10
Complete given below instructions to add a PIN to your Microsoft account in Windows 10.
Step 1: Open Settings either by clicking Settings icon in the Start menu or by using Windows logo + I hotkey.
Step 2: Click Accounts (Your accounts, email, sync, work, family).
Step 3: Click Sign in options. Under PIN section, click the Add button.
Step 4: You will be asked to reenter your password. Type in your current account password and then click Sign in button.
Step 5: On the Setup a PIN screen, enter a 4-digit PIN and then click OK button.
Note that the minimum length of the PIN is 4 numbers but we advise you use 6-digit PIN to make it stronger. Using PINs like 0000, 123456, 654321, 0011, 1234, and 4321 is not recommended as using a commonly used PIN defeats the purpose of adding a PIN to your account.
From now onwards, on the login-screen, you can type in the PIN to sign in to your user account. Interestingly, you don’t need to press the Enter key or click Sign in button after entering the PIN. As soon as you enter the last number of the right PIN, Windows will automatically begin the sign in process.
To remove PIN from your account
Please note that you must be using PIN for your user account in order to use Windows Hello. So if you remove PIN, Windows Hello feature will stop functioning.
Step 1: Open Settings app.
Step 2: Click Accounts. Click Sign in options.
Step 3: Under PIN section, click Remove button, and then click Remove button again to remove PIN.