Facial recognition isn’t some futuristic, sci-fi technology reserved only for the most advanced computers and robots—it’s something we can use today on our home computers! Using facial recognition to sign into Windows 10 takes just three easy steps, and you’ll be up and running in no time at all. Let’s go over those steps now.
Step 1: Log in with your Microsoft Account
First, you’ll need to log in with your Microsoft account. If you don’t have one, you can create one for free. Once you’re logged in, click on the Sign-in options tab. Next to the Facial recognition option, click on the Set up button. Follow the prompts to complete the setup process. You’ll need a webcam for this to work, so make sure you have one handy. You’ll also need to be looking at the camera and make sure it’s at least 6 inches away from your face when you are prompted to do so.
Forgot your password? No problem! We’ve got you covered! The next time you try to sign in to your device, we’ll ask if you want us to help you find your lost password. Just enter the email address that is associated with your Microsoft Account and we will send an email containing a link where you can reset it yourself or choose to get help from our tech experts who will guide you through the process.
Forgot Your Password? Don’t Worry , There Is Help!
If you’re not able to remember your password, there are two options available to recover it: Reset your password via email and assistance from Microsoft Support or Reset your password by answering security questions. With either of these methods, no one else has access to your account because of the way we store passwords securely in the cloud. Additionally, each method provides different levels of security protection that ensures only you have access to it.
You know what they say – better safe than sorry!
Step 2: Set up Your PIN
If you don’t have a PIN set up yet, you’ll need to do that before you can enable facial recognition. To set up a PIN, open the Settings app and go to Accounts > Sign-in options. Under the PIN section, click the Add button. You’ll be prompted to enter your current password, after which you can create and confirm your new PIN. Once you’ve done that, you’ll be able to enable facial recognition.
The settings for this feature are found in the same place as those for the PIN: Accounts > Sign-in options. Make sure that Use my face is selected, then scroll down to Choose how we recognize you and select either Face only or Face plus fingerprint (recommended). Click OK when you’re finished, then head back to your Lock screen settings page where you should now see Windows Hello, with an on/off toggle next to it.
Turn on facial recognition by flipping this toggle so it’s green. That’s all there is to it! Now, whenever you log into your PC without typing in a password, just look at the sensor until it lights up and boom—you’re in. From here on out, every time you turn on your PC or wake from sleep mode, Windows will automatically log you in using facial recognition provided that your PC has identified who you are from previous scans. And if not? Just use one of your other login methods like PIN or picture password to get through.
Step 3: Tell Windows Hello Who You Are
Before you can start using facial recognition to sign into your Windows 10 account, you need to set up and train Windows Hello. To do this, open the Settings app and go to Accounts > Sign-in options. Under the Windows Hello section, click the Set up button. Follow the on-screen instructions to position yourself in front of your computer’s camera and look at it. Windows will show a grid of nine circles that you should match with one of nine circles on screen for about ten seconds or until it is satisfied that it has captured enough data.
Then repeat the process three more times and you’re done! After completing these steps, try signing in by looking at your PC again – there will be no password required!
While facial recognition is convenient, remember that if someone who looks similar to you gets their hands on your phone or laptop then they may be able to access sensitive information stored on those devices. So when travelling keep passwords locked down tight (or don’t use them) so that others won’t be able to get past Windows Hello’s defenses.
And finally, never share your PIN number with anyone else as it could lead to an unwanted visitor breaking into your device. It also goes without saying that you should always make sure your privacy settings are tight so that only people you trust have access to important documents.
With just a few minutes’ worth of work, setting up facial recognition on Windows 10 is quick and easy.