Windows 10 Autologon

How to sign in automatically and bypass Lock screen on Windows 10

Windows 10 lets you automatically login to your account while bypassing the Lock screen. Here's how to set it up.

Windows 10 autologon (netplwiz)

Using a password to sign in to your account is one of many security features Windows 10 provides to keep information and files secure from unauthorized access.

Although, it’s always recommended to use a password on any account, it can be a tedious process having to enter a long and complex password every time you want to use your Windows 10 PC. However, if you’re the only person who will be using the device, and you’re on a secure physical location, you configure the operating system to skip the Lock screen and sign in automatically into your account.

In this guide, you’ll learn the steps to automatically sign in to Windows 10 using a local or Microsoft account, while skipping the Lock screen in the process.

How to set up automatic logon in Windows 10

To boot straight to the desktop automatically on Windows 10, do the following:

  1. Use the Windows key + R to open the Run command.

  2. Type netplwiz and click OK.

  3. Uncheck the User must enter a user name and password to use this computer option.

    Windows 10 User Accounts (netplwiz)
    Windows 10 User Accounts (netplwiz)
  4. Click Apply.

  5. Type your Microsoft account (email address) or local account information, and click OK.

    User account information
    User account information
  6. Click OK again to complete the task.

Once you completed the steps, restart your computer, and now if you entered your credential correctly Windows 10 should automatically sign you into your account bypassing the Lock screen.

It’s worth pointing out that there are security risks involved setting up Windows 10 to automatically logon. You should only do this on a device that doesn’t store sensitive data, or on a computer that you’re using on a secure location and you know no one will have physical access to it.

Finally, this is not recommended for devices with multiple accounts, because the nature of automatic logon works best on a single account scenario.

You can always revert the changes by following the steps, but on step 3 remember to check the User must enter a user name and password to use this computer option.

Alternatively, remember that you can use Windows Hello to get faster and secure access to your device using facial recognition or fingerprint scanners.

If you’re computer doesn’t include hardware to support Windows Hello, you can try adding an external peripheral, such as: