How to Enable or Disable Require Sign-in on Wakeup in Windows 11

This post describes steps one can take to turn On or Off Sign-in on Wakeup in Windows 11.

To secure your account, Windows will prompt you to sign-in again when your computer wakes up from sleep, hibernation, or resumes from modern standby.

These security measures are added to Windows to make sure no one can access your account and sensitive data simply by waking up your computer from sleep, hibernation or other power states and logging in without password.

If you don’t have any security concerns, you can disable it entirely so that your computer can’t prompt you to enter your password again to sign-in when it wakes up from standby.

This tutorial will show you how to enable or disable to require sign-in on wakeup from sleep, hibernate, or Modern Standby for all users in Windows 11.

How to disable or enable require sign-in on wakeup in Windows 11

As mentioned before, Windows will prompt you to sign in again when the computer wakes up from sleep, hibernation, or resuming from modern standby.

You can also disable require sign-in on wakeup entirely so that your computer won’t ask for sign-in when it wakes up from sleep, hibernation and other power states.

Below is how to do that.

Windows 11 has a centralized location for majority of its settings. From system configurations to creating new users and updating Windows, all can be done from its System Settings pane.

To get to System Settings, you can use the Windows key + i shortcut or click on Start ==> Settings as shown in the image below:

Alternatively, you can use the search box on the taskbar and search for Settings. Then select to open it.

Windows Settings pane should look similar to the image below. On Windows Settings app, click the Accounts on the left, then select the Sign-in options tile on the right pane as highlighted in the image below.

On the System > Sign-in options settings pane, under Additional settings, select “If you’ve been away, when should Windows require you to sign in again?” tile.

Then use the option from the drop-down list as to how long your computer sleeps for before you to sign-in:

  • Every Time (default)
  • Never
  • 1 minute
  • 3 minutes
  • 5 minutes
  • 15 minutes

If you always want your users to sign-in after the PC awake from sleep, then select Never. Selecting this will force users to always sign-in.

In some cases, you may only see two options:

  • Never
  • When PC wakes up from sleep

That should do it! You can now close Windows Settings app.


This post showed you how to turn on or off require sign-in on wakeup in Windows 11. If you find any error above or have something to share, please use the comment form below.