How to Sign into Your Windows 10 PC with Your Fingerprint

If your laptop has a fingerprint reader, Microsoft allows you to log into Windows 10 using your finger(s). Here is a look at setting up the option with Windows Hello.

When it comes to signing into your computer, Windows 10 has an array of options. Sure, you can use a traditional password or PIN to sign in. Or use the gimmicky Picture Password option. But if you have a machine capable of using biometrics, it can make signing in easier. We’ve shown you how to set up Windows Hello facial recognition with a compatible webcam. And here we’ll take a look at using your fingerprint.

Note: For this to work, you need a PC that includes a fingerprint sensor. If your laptop doesn’t have one built-in, you can add an external fingerprint sensor that connects to your laptop via USB. Affordable options you might want to consider are PQI My Lockey or the Eikon Mini USB Fingerprint Reader which are designed to work with Windows Hello.

Sign into Windows 10 with Fingerprint

To set it up, open Settings > Accounts > Sign-in Options. Then select “Windows Hello Fingerprint” for the way you want to sign into the device and click the “Set up” button.

Windows Hello Fingerprint

Next, it’s just a matter of following the onscreen instructions to make your way through the setup wizard. Kick it off and you’ll be asked to enter your PIN or password first.

2 PIN Windows Hello Fingerprint

Next, simply start swiping the finger you want to use on your sensor until Windows is able to get a full reading of your print.

Once it’s complete, you’ll see the following message and you can add another finger if you want. Of course, you can add another fingerprint later at any time by going back into the sign-in options.

4 Windows Hello Fingerprint Complete Add Another

Once it’s set up, the next time you log in or restart your system, you will just need to use your fingerprint reader to log into your system.

Login Fingerprint reader Windows 10 Hello

Note that using this option will vary a bit depending on your fingerprint sensor and its quality. And Windows can be a bit finicky when you’re setting it up or logging in. Just try swiping slower or faster, press a bit harder, etc.

Also, you might need to make sure the sensor is clean for it to read your print. You can clean it using a soft cloth and rubbing alcohol. Or, whatever the manufacturer recommends. If it continues to fail, you can always click on “Sign-in options” and use your PIN or password instead.

Fingerprint not recognized Windows Hello

The extra security Windows Hello provides is a good option for logging into your PC and certain Windows apps. But remember, as part of your overall security plan, make sure you are using a strong password everywhere you go online. To make password management easier, you can use your browser’s built-in password feature. Or, use a third-party tool like 1Password or LastPass – both provide easy password generation and extra security features. Also, make sure to enable two-factor authentication for every site and service that supports it.

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