How to Login with your Face in Windows 11

This post shows students and new user steps to set up Windows Hello facial recognition to sign in with their faces in Windows 11. Windows 11 comes with a Windows Hello feature that provides a more personal and secure way to sign into Windows.

With Windows Hello, one can use a PIN, facial recognition, or fingerprint to sign into their Windows devices. Windows Hello feature offers several ways one can ditch their passwords in favor of a more secure and personal method of authentication.

In order to set up a facial recognition authentication with Windows Hello, you’ll need a Windows computer with special hardware that supports these features. For instance, you’ll need a fingerprint reader to authenticate with your finger, and a facial recognition authentication requires an infrared or Intel RealSense camera.

Without these hardware options, you may not be able to use Windows Hello secure login options.

If you device is equipped with these hardware features, continue below to set up a facial recognition authentication to login with your face in Windows 11.

How to sign in to Windows 11 with your face

As mentioned above, Windows Hello feature provides a more personal and secure way to sign into Windows without a normal password.

If you device is equipped with camera that allows for facial recognition to be used, follow the steps below to set it up in Windows 11.

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. In Windows Settings, click Accounts, then select the Sign-in options tile on the right pane of your screen shown in the image below.

On the Sign-in options settings pane, under Ways to sign in, click on the Facial recognition (Windows Hello) tile to expand it.

Then click the Set up button to begin setting up facial recognition authentication method.

Next, click on Get started to begin capturing your face to login.

After that, a pop up windows will appear to create your PIN. Enter and confirm your PIN and your camera will begin enrolling your face.

Once your face is captured and stored, you’ll have the option to login with your face the next time you want to sign into your computer.

That should do it!


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