How to remove Windows Hello PIN on Windows 10

If you rather sign in with a password, use this guide to remove the current PIN from your Windows 10 account.

Windows 10 remove PIN
Windows 10 remove PIN

On Windows 10, when setting up a new computer or creating a new user account, you must configure a PIN alongside a password. Although using a PIN has benefits like simplicity and better security since it’s only locally relevant, it’s not a feature everyone wants.

If you sign in with a PIN but want to use a password or another mechanism for authentication (such as a fingerprint), you can remove the PIN using the Settings app on Windows 10.

This guide will teach you the steps to remove a PIN password from your Windows 10 account.

Remove PIN on Windows 10

To remove an account PIN on Windows 10, use these steps:

  1. Open Settings on Windows 10.

  2. Click on Accounts.

  3. Click on Sign-in options.

  4. Turn off the “Require Windows Hello sign-in for Microsoft accounts” toggle switch.

    Disable Windows Hello for Microsoft accounts

    Quick note: You must turn off this feature. Otherwise, the option to remove the PIN will be grayed out.
  5. Under the “Manage how your sign in to your device” section, select the “Windows Hello PIN” option.

    Remove PIN from Windows 10

  6. Click the Remove button to remove the PIN on Windows 10.

  7. Click the Remove button again.

  8. Confirm the current password.

  9. Click the OK button.

Once you complete the steps, you will no longer be able to sign in with a PIN, and you’ll need to use your account password to access the desktop. If you instead want to bypass the Sign-in screen, you can use these steps to remove your account password on Windows 10.

About the author

Mauro Huculak is a Windows How-To Expert who started Pureinfotech in 2010 as an independent online publication. He has also been a Windows Central contributor for nearly a decade. Mauro has over 14 years of experience writing comprehensive guides and creating professional videos about Windows and software, including Android and Linux. Before becoming a technology writer, he was an IT administrator for seven years. In total, Mauro has over 20 years of combined experience in technology. Throughout his career, he achieved different professional certifications from Microsoft (MSCA), Cisco (CCNP), VMware (VCP), and CompTIA (A+ and Network+), and he has been recognized as a Microsoft MVP for many years. You can follow him on X (Twitter), YouTube, LinkedIn and Email him at [email protected].