Windows 11 passkeys

How to create and manage passkeys on Windows 11

Windows 11 supports passkeys to sign in to websites and apps using Windows Hello without needing a password, and here's how to set up the feature.

  • To create a passkey on Windows 11, open the service or app account settings, click the create passkey option, and confirm your Windows Hello credentials.
  • To sign in with a passkey, open service (or app), choose the passkey sign-in option, and confirm your Windows Hello credentials.
  • To view and delete a passkey on Windows 11, open Settings > Accounts > Passkeys, open the credential menu and click the “Delete passkey” button.

On Windows 11 (version 22H2 and higher releases), the operating system includes support for “passkeys,” and in this guide, I will teach you how to create and use this feature.

What are passkeys?

“Passkeys” are a secure alternative to passwords when signing in to websites (and apps) supporting this authentication standard. This feature isn’t specific to Windows 11 since Apple and many other platforms also support this standard, including Google, X (formerly Twitter), eBay, Amazon, WhatsApp, LinkedIn, and PayPal.

A passkey is technically a token you can create on your website account and download on Windows 11 (in this case) using Windows Hello. The next time you have to access the website, instead of using the password, you can use your Windows Hello PIN, Fingerprint, or Face to sign in with the passkey. This approach makes your account more secure since the password is not part of the process, making it harder for hackers to compromise your credentials. Microsoft says passkeys “are phish-resistant, recoverable, and faster for users.”

In this guide, I will teach you how to create and manage passkeys natively on Windows 11.

Create and save passkey on Windows 11

To create a passkey for a web service (or app) on Windows 11, use these steps:

  1. Open Microsoft Edge (or Google Chrome).

  2. Open the website with passkey support, such as Google Account.

    Quick note: You can use any web service supporting passkeys, such as Google, PayPal, etc. I’ll use the passkey feature from my Google account in this guide. On other services, the steps may be slightly different, but the idea applies to every support platform.
  3. Sign in and open the web service account settings.

  4. Click the “Passkeys and security keys” setting.

    Passkeys and security keys

  5. Click the “Create a Passkey” option.

    Create Passkey option

  6. Click the “Create a passkey” button.

    Create Passkey on Windows 11

  7. Confirm your account credentials on Windows Hello.

    Windows Hello Passkey authentication

  8. Click the OK button.

  9. Click the Done button.

Once you complete the steps, the passkey will be created and securely stored on your Windows 11 installation. The next time you want to access the service (or app), you can use Windows Hello authentication to complete the sign-in process instead of using the service password.

It’s important to note that some services may prompt you to create a passkey as you sign in to your account. If you accept, the process will also be slightly different and may take fewer clicks.

Interestingly enough, you can create a passkey for a Microsoft account using the “Add a new way to sign in or verify” and choosing the “Face fingerprint, PIN, or security key” option, but you won’t be able to use Windows 11 to create and save the passkey. Instead, the service will prompt you to use your iPhone, iPad, Android device, or security key.

Sign in using passkey on Windows 11

To use a passkey to sign in to site or app, follow these steps:

  1. Open Microsoft Edge (or Google Chrome).

  2. Open the website (or app) with passkey support, such as Google Account.

  3. Click the “Try another way” option.

    Try another way

  4. Click the “Use your passkey” option.

    Use your passkey

  5. Click the Continue button.

  6. Confirm your Windows Hello credentials.

    Confirm passkey with Windows Hello

After you complete the steps, you will be signed in, similar to using your password.

Manage saved passkeys on Windows 11

To view and delete Passkeys on Windows 11, use these steps:

  1. Open Settings on Windows 11.

  2. Click on Accounts.

  3. Click the Passkeys tab.

  4. Confirm the available passkeys for your web services and apps.

  5. Click the three-dots button on the right and choose the “Delete Passkey” option.

    Windows 11 Passkeys settings

After you complete the steps, the Passkey for the web service or application will be deleted from your computer.


Are passkeys available on every version of Windows 11?

No, the standard is available on Windows 11 22H2, 23H2, and higher releases. Also, at the time of this writing, you can only use it through Microsoft Edge and Google Chrome. Other browsers, like Firefox, do not support the standard.

Can I use the passkey on the phone to sign in on the web browser?

If you have also created a passkey on your phone, you can use it to sign in to your account from Windows 11 by scanning the barcode on the screen.

Do I need to create a different passkey for each browser on Windows 11?

No, you only need to create one passkey for each device. When you create a passkey, the information is saved on the computer, and the system will make it available to every supported browser seamlessly.

What happens if I lose the device with the passkey?

If you lose your phone, you can still access your account using the passkey stored on your computer. If you haven’t created a passkey on your computer, you can continue accessing the service with a regular password.

Do I need to create a different passkey on each device?

It’s important to note that a passkey is unique for each device, so you must create a new passkey for each device on which you want to access the service. If you have already created a key on Windows 11, you can repeat the process on your phone or use the “Use another device” option to create a new key for another device from your computer.

Do passkeys turn off password authentication on the account?

When using a passkey, you do not remove the password authentication method from the service or application. You are only creating a token to make it easier for you to sign in and minimize the chances of your credentials being compromised. If your password is compromised, the malicious individual can access the account. If you know that your password has been compromised, it’s best to change it immediately.

Are you using “passkeys” on supported sites and apps with Windows 11? Let me know in the comments below.

Update May 10, 2024: This guide has been updated to ensure accuracy and reflect changes to the process.

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 15 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 21 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].