Windows Hello set up on Windows 10
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How to set up Windows Hello fingerprint on Windows 10

You can use Windows Hello to sign-in faster and securely using just a fingerprint, and in this guide, you'll the steps to set up the feature on Windows 10.

On Windows 10, Windows Hello is a name that describes the support for new and more secure ways to sign in to your device using biometric and PIN authentication.

In other words, Windows Hello allows users to ditch traditional complex passwords in favor of more personal and secure methods of authentication, including face and iris recognition, fingerprint, and PIN to unlock a device.

In this guide, you’ll learn the step to configure Windows Hello using a fingerprint reader on Windows 10.

How to enable Windows Hello fingerprint

To unlock your device using a fingerprint reader, use these steps:

  1. Open Settings.

  2. Click on Accounts.

  3. Click on Sign-in options.

  4. Under the “Windows Hello” section, click the Set up button.

    Windows 10 Sign-in options
    Windows 10 Sign-in options
  5. Click the Get started button.

    Windows Hello fingerprint wizard
    Windows Hello fingerprint wizard
  6. Confirm your account password.

  7. Touch the fingerprint sensor as indicated in the wizard.

    Fingerprint setup on Windows 10
    Fingerprint setup on Windows 10
  8. Continue with the on-screen directions to capture your fingerprint from various angles.

    Quick Tip: It’s recommended to click the Add another finger option to configure a second and even a third finger that you can use in case you’re having problems signing in, or you just forgot which finger is the one that unlocks your device.

Once you’ve completed the steps, you can now lock your device (Windows key + L), and then use the fingerprint reader to sign in with the finger that you configured.

If you’re running the Windows 10 October 2018 Update, you can also use Windows Hello to sign in to your Microsoft account online using Microsoft Edge. (When using Windows Hello, your personal information (face, iris, fingerprint, and PIN) are never transmitted outside of your device.)

How to disable Windows Hello fingerprint

If you no longer want to use Windows Hello to sign in to Windows 10, use these steps to disable the feature:

  1. Open Settings.

  2. Click on Accounts.

  3. Click on Sign-in options.

  4. Under the “Windows Hello” section, click the Remove button.

    Disable Windows Hello on Windows 10
    Disable Windows Hello on Windows 10

After completing the steps, you can once again sign in using a password. If you have configured Window Hello face or PIN, you’ll need to remove those configurations as well to completely disable the Windows Hello feature.

This guide focuses on Windows Hello fingerprint, but you can also use these instructions as a reference to set up Windows Hello face or PIN.

How to get Windows Hello compatible hardware

Although face recognition and fingerprint authentication has been around for years, it’s still a fairly new technology that isn’t available on all devices. 

If you want to sign in to Windows 10 using your face or fingerprint, there are a lot of devices that come with Windows Hello built-in, such as the Surface Pro 6, Surface Laptop 2, Surface GoDell’s Alienware 13, Dell’s Latitude 3480, HP EliteBook Folio, and many others.

However, if you’re using a desktop computer, you don’t need to spend a lot of money to experience biometric authentication, as you can get the Microsoft Keyboard that comes with a built-in fingerprint reader for less $130. You can get the Logitech BRIO webcam that comes with Windows Hello face built-in for less $180. Or you can get a USB fingerprint scanner, such as the Benss Fingerprint Reader, which you can get at Amazon for less than $20.