Enable Windows Hello in Windows 10 [Secure Your Device]

Written By Steven Arends

It’s a hassle to enter a long and complex password every time you sit before your desktop or laptop.

The ability to start your device with your fingertip or by scanning your face is impressive. Windows Hello brings these most attractive features for you in Windows 10.enable-windows-hello-in-windows-10

So how to enable these awesome features? Keep reading this article till the end to enable Windows Hello features.

Let’s get started!

How to Setup Windows Hello Face in Windows 10

To turn on Windows Hello, open Windows Settings from the Start menu and navigate to Settings > Accounts > Sign-in options. Select your preferred Windows Hello method. For face recognition, choose Windows Hello Face and select Set up. Scan your face, and that’s it.

You must ensure your device has a compatible built-in camera supported by Windows Hello. Otherwise, you will see a notice saying, “We couldn’t find a camera compatible with Windows Hello Face.”

You can check a page from Microsoft that includes all Windows Hello compatible devices. If you don’t find your device compatible, you can still use an external webcam to access the Windows Hello Face feature.

Now let’s have a look at how to set up Windows Hello Face for your Windows Hello compatible device.

Here are the steps to set up Windows Hello Face:

  • Press Windows + X keys and select Settings. settings
  • Navigate to Accounts > Sign-in options.
  • Click on Windows Hello Face and select Set up. windows-hello-face
  • Verify your identity by entering your existing password or PIN.
  • Scan your face following the on-screen instructions. While scanning your face, ensure the following guidelines for calibrating facial recognition:

    • Keep the face centered in the frame.
    • Ensure proper lighting in the room.
    • Do not alter your regular appearance.
  • Click Improve Recognition when prompted. It will make it easier and quicker to detect your face for unlocking.
  • If you are used to wearing glasses or heavy makeup on your face, you should use the Improve Recognition feature with and without wearing these accessories. It will help to unlock your device in all conditions.

    Here’s a complete guide on how to enable all Cores in Windows 10.

    How to Setup Windows Hello Fingerprint in Windows 10

    If your device has a fingerprint scanner, you can enable Windows Hello Fingerprint to log in to your device. Open Settings and go to Accounts > Sign-in options. Locate Windows Hello Fingerprint and click Set up. Follow the on-screen instructions to add your fingerprint.

    The National Forensic Science Technology Center confirms that “no two people have been found with the same fingerprints — including identical twins.” The fascinating fact is that your every finger has a different and unique fingerprint.

    Without a second thought, you should use the fingerprint scanner to secure your device from illegitimate access. Consider the following instructions to set up Windows Hello Fingerprint.

    Here is the method to set up Windows Hello Fingerprint:

    • Press Windows + X keys and choose Settings. settings
    • Click on Accounts.
    • Switch to the Sign-in options tab.
    • Click on Windows Hello Fingerprint and select Set up. hello-fingerprint
    • Click on Get Started button in the Windows Hello setup window. get-started
    • Swipe your finger on the fingerprint sensor until the setup is complete.

    Once the setup is completed, you can use your fingerprint to unlock your device, apps and services. You should add the same finger multiple times, which will help Windows Hello recognize the fingerprint even faster.

    Adding multiple fingers will help you to unlock your device with your other hand or different fingers if needed. Also, ensure to set up Windows Hello PIN by following the next section of this article.

    If you are using Windows 11 and want to use Hello Fingerprint on your device, check our separate post on how to set up Windows Hello Fingerprint in Windows 11.

    How to Setup Windows Hello PIN in Windows 10

    Windows Hello PIN helps to secure your device by protecting it from illegitimate access. To set up Windows Hello PIN, navigate to Settings > Accounts > Sign-in options and choose Windows Hello PIN. Click Add and follow the on-screen instructions to add your PIN.

    If your device doesn’t have a fingerprint scanner or facecam that Windows Hello supports, you can add a Windows Hello PIN to secure your device with Windows Hello. Check the subsequent procedure to set up Windows Hello PIN.

    Here is the way to set up Windows Hello PIN:

    • Open Setting from the Start menu. settings
    • Navigate to Accounts > Sign-in options.
    • Click on Windows Hello PIN and select Add. hello-pin
    • Enter your password to verify.
    • Type your PIN in the Windows Security window.
    • Click OK to save the changes. set-up-new-pin

    After adding Windows Hello PIN, you can use it to unlock your device, apps and services. You can also remove the PIN by following the same steps above.

    Windows 11 users often face a problem where they can’t use their PIN. If you are also going through the same issue, check out another post on how to fix your pin is no longer available on Windows 11.

    Frequently Asked Questions

    What are the requirements for Windows Hello?

    For Hello Facial Recognition, you must have a webcam with an IR blaster or 3D-capable camera. Additionally, for Hello Fingerprint, you must have an in-built fingerprint scanner.

    Why is Windows Hello face not available on Windows 10?

    Windows Hello face may not be available on your device if you don’t have a proper webcam with an IR blaster or 3D capable camera. Besides, outdated drivers can also cause the same problem.

    Why can’t I turn on Windows Hello?

    If you are using an older version of Windows and have a pending update, you will not be able to turn on the Windows Hello feature. To update your Windows, navigate to Start > Settings > Windows Update > Check for updates.

    Wrapping Up

    We all know typing a password takes more time than swiping your fingertip on the fingerprint scanner or detecting a face using the webcam.

    Windows Hello features added additional security for your device and saved valuable time by reducing the login period.

    Which Hello feature did you find more effective to unlock your device, apps and services? Did you have any additional queries regarding this topic? Let me know in the comment below.

    About The Author
    Steven Arends is a computer science graduate and tech enthusiast with over 10 years of experience in the field. He has a vast collection of computer hardware and loves exploring the latest advancements. As a contributing author to 10Scopes, Steven shares his expertise to make the world of technology more accessible and easier to understand for all readers.

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