How to set up Passkeys for websites and apps on Windows 11

Windows 11 now 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.

Windows 11 create Passkey
Windows 11 create Passkey

UPDATED 10/2/2023: Starting on the Windows 11 Copilot update or version 23H2, the operating system includes support for “Passkeys,” and in this guide, you will learn how to use the feature. “Passkeys” is a secure alternative to replace passwords when you have to sign in to websites and apps supporting this authentication mechanism.

In other words, a Passkey is 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.”

This guide will teach you the steps to create and manage Passkeys natively on Windows 11.

Create Passkeys 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 – for example, Google Account.

    Quick note: You can use any web service with support for Passkeys, such as Google, eBay, PayPal, etc. For the purpose of this guide, we’ll be using the Passkey feature on Google.
  3. Sign in and open the web service account settings.

  4. Turn on the “Passkey sign-in” option.

  5. Click the “Create a Passkey” option.

    Create Passkey option

  6. Click the Continue button.

    Create Passkey on Windows 11

  7. Confirm your account credential 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 the Windows Hello authentication to complete the sign-in process instead of the service password.

Manage 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.


Is Passkey available on the stable version of Windows 11?

Yes, it’s available after the installation of the Windows 11 Copilot update or version 23H2, but you will need to use Microsoft Edge and Google Chrome to make use of the feature.

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 also use it to sign in to your account from Windows 11, 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 per 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?

In case 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 will have to create a new Passkey on each device you want to access the website or 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’re not removing 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 getting your credentials compromised. If your password is compromised, the malicious individual will be able to access the account. If you know that your password has been compromised, it’s best to change it immediately.

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].