How to Set up Windows Hello on Windows 10 and Why You Should Use It

Elsie Otachi

Unlocking and logging in to your PC can be dreary, especially if you have so many login credentials to remember. Thanks to biometric technology, you can ditch your password for an easier and more secure way of logging in to your computer. That's why you must Windows Hello on Windows 10 and eliminate the possibility of unauthorized access.

Windows Hello Why Use Featured

One of the most convenient and great features that came with Microsoft’s free upgrade offer to Windows 10 is Windows Hello. With this tool, you can log in to your computer just by looking at it.

What Is Windows Hello

Windows Hello is Microsoft’s login method which uses biometrics to provide you an access. It utilizes technologies such as facial recognition, fingerprint, or iris scanning instead of a password.

It works with specific Windows 10 apps only. So you can sign in to your account without a password. However, you’ll need a compatible computer and extra accessories like a fingerprint scanner or webcam for that.

Windows Hello works with specific Windows 10 apps only

There are other sign in options besides Windows Hello Face/Fingerprint/PIN options in Windows 10. You can use passwords, security keys, PIN, and picture passwords, all of which are available to you on the sign in options page.

Others are settings such as require sign in after being away from your computer, Dynamic Lock, and Privacy settings that hide your details on the sign in screen.

How to Set up Windows Hello in Windows 10

It’s easy to set up Windows Hello on your computer, and we’re going to show you how to do it.

Step 1: Click Start and select Settings>Account.

Windows Hello Why Use Settings Accounts

Step 2: Click Sign-in options to choose the Windows Hello method you’d like to set up. Depending on your device’s compatibility, you may or may not see the sign-in options.

Windows Hello Why Use Settings Accounts Sign In Options

Step 3: Click Set up.

Alternatively, you can check for the native Windows Hello by clicking Start, type Windows Hello, click on Sign-in options and launch Windows 10 settings app.

If your computer runs an older version of Windows, look for the Set Up button under Windows Hello.

Windows Hello Why Use Setup

Note: In newer Windows 10 updates from May 2019 and up, you’ll be able to choose an option or icon for Windows Hello Face from the list. If you see “Set Up” and click it, that’s all you need to do. Otherwise, the plugin a Windows Hello compatible webcam or external fingerprint reader to get started.

Step 4: You’ll receive a prompt about Windows Hello and what it does. Click Get Started and verify your identity using your current password. It could include a PIN you assigned during your device boot process or your Microsoft account password.

Windows Hello Why Use Setup Get Started

Step 5: Enter your PIN and then position your face at the center of the frame and look into your webcam directly for Windows Hello to properly analyze your facial features.

Windows Hello Why Use Setup Get Started Pin

Note: You can improve the way Windows Hello recognizes your face by clicking Improve Recognition, but this is optional and good if you have piercings or wear glasses.
Windows Hello Why Use Setup Improve Recognition

How to Set up Windows Hello Fingerprint

To set up the Windows Hello fingerprint reader, you can use a built-in one. If it isn't available, plug in an external fingerprint reader into a USB port on your computer and let Windows 10 install its drivers.

Step 1: Click Start>Settings>Accounts>Sign-in options. Go to Windows Hello and click Set Up under the Fingerprint section.

Windows Hello Why Use Setup Fingerprint

Step 2: Verify your identity using a password or PIN.

Windows Hello Why Use Setup Fingerprint Verify

Step 3: You’ll see an explanation about how Windows Hello works, after which you can click Get Started.

Windows Hello Why Use Setup Fingerprint Get Started

Step 4: Swipe your fingers on the fingerprint reader for Windows to receive your fingerprint data. Newer devices allow you to tap your fingers about six times on the sensor. However, if you have an older computer, swipe your fingers on the reader and you’re all set.

Windows Hello Why Use Setup Fingerprint Scan

Note: Windows Hello may fail in rare instances. In such cases, it’ll attempt to scan your face over again, while offering suggestions on how to position your face. If it keeps failing, you’ll have to enter the security PIN you chose at setup and dismiss the lock screen.

How to Remove Windows Hello

Windows Hello isn’t all good news though, as it only works with select hardware. For facial recognition, it means getting a webcam with infrared capability.

The feature also strains your computer’s processor when paired with iris or facial recognition. The camera is constantly scanning for the user, in turn hogging system resources, sends fans into overdrive, and drains the battery quickly.

Windows Hello isn’t all good news though, as it only works with select hardware

While these are significant flaws, they’re not always an annoyance; you can conquer them. It also has the added benefit of enabling instant gratification as you won’t want to go back to the slow, awkward and insecure password system.

If you no longer need Windows Hello, you can remove it and any associated biometric identification data from your computer.

Click Start>Settings>Accounts>Sign-in options to choose the method you’d like removed, and click Remove.

Windows Hello Why Use Settings Remove

Why You Should Use Windows Hello

The obvious benefit of using Windows Hello is that you don't have to feed a password to sign in. Also, you can sign in to a specific site like Microsoft Account page and storage services like Dropbox and OneDrive, or password managers like OneLocker.

It’ll also help secure your computer, apps, and files. Even if your Windows Password is compromised, it is extremely difficult (requires a special effort) to find a workaround for your biometrics.

Don’t Struggle To Remember Passwords

Using facial recognition as a password isn’t a new thing. However, in the past, numerous attempts were made to use it, but the details never worked out owing to clunky hardware and/or unreliable software.

Scanning technology continues to improve as the newer devices use a combination of the traditional camera with depth sensors and integrated infrared projectors, which can properly identify a false face from the real one.

You no longer have to struggle to remember multiple character passwords every time you sign in to your PC.

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Elsie Otachi

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Elsie Otachi

Elsie is a technology writer whose goal is to help people out with useful solutions to their daily tech issues in a simple, straightforward and unbiased style. When she's not writing or dabbling with gadgets and apps, Elsie loves to binge on her favorite series on Netflix, listen to music, or read a good book.