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How to add a PIN to quickly sign in to Windows 10

Create a PIN and say goodbye having to type long and complex password to sign in to Windows 10.

Adding a PIN to Windows 10

If you use a password every time you need to sign in to Windows 10, you should add a PIN for quicker and more secure access to your PC. If you’re running Windows 10, you probably sign in using a Microsoft account, but entering a long and complex password can be troublesome, when you can just use a PIN.

A PIN is not only shorter and easier to sign in to your device, but in many ways it’s more secure than a password. Perhaps one of the biggest differences between a PIN and a password is that a PIN is tied to a device. If someone steals your PIN, it’ll be useless unless the thief has physical access to your computer.

And because you have to set a PIN per device, if someone were to figure out your PIN, when use the same Microsoft account across devices with the same password, they would only have access to one device.

In this guide, you’ll learn the steps to create a PIN to quickly unlock your Windows 10 account.

How to create a PIN on Windows 10

  1. Open Settings.

  2. Click on Accounts.

  3. Click on Sign-in options.

  4. Under PIN, click the Add button.

    Add PIN option on Windows 10
    Add PIN option
  5. Enter your current password to verify that you’re who you say you are, and click Sign in.

  6. Create your PIN that you will use in place of your password.

    Set up a PIN
    Set up a PIN
  7. Click OK to complete the task.

While in many aspects a PIN is more secure than a password, keep in mind that you can’t add a PIN without first setting a password, as it’s only a secondary method of authentication.

To change your PIN, follow the same steps mentioned above, but on step 4, click the Change button. Then enter your current and the new PIN twice, and click OK.

Change PIN on your Windows 10 account
Change PIN

To remove your PIN, follow the same steps, but on step 4, click the Remove button, and then click Remove again to confirm.

Remove PIN from your Windows 10 account
Remove PIN

You can now sign out of your account to test the new sign in experience. Additional, once created a PIN, you can use it to sign in to apps and services too.

Do you use a PIN or a password on your Windows 10 device? Tell us in the comments below.