How to Reset PIN in Windows 11 [Fix Forgotten PIN Issue 2024]

Written By Steven Arends

There’s no shame in forgetting your Windows login PIN since Microsoft has implemented easy options to reset it safely.

If you cannot sign into your Windows 11 PC because you’ve lost or forgotten the login PIN, this article is a must-read for you.reset-pin-in-windows-11

Let’s talk about everything you need to know to reset the PIN in Windows 11.

Follow our guide on how to fix your PIN is no longer available on Windows 11.

How to Reset the login PIN in Windows 11

Windows 11 users can reset their login PIN from the lock screen by clicking on I forgot my PIN & following the on-screen instructions. If there’s no such option, select Sign-in options, click on the key icon & enter your password in the box to sign-in.

Now go to Settings > Account > Sign-in options > PIN (Windows Hello) > I forgot my PIN. A pop-up window will appear; follow the instructions to set a new PIN.

Read on as I have thoroughly discussed all these necessary steps for better comprehension. Before we begin, make sure your device is connected to the internet.

Here’s how to reset your PIN in Windows 11:

Method 1: Reset PIN from Windows Lock Screen

  • Click on I forgot my PIN option under the PIN box. windows-11-i-forgot-my-pin
  • Wait until your PC loads the Microsoft account window.
  • Enter your Microsoft account password & click Sign-in. windows-11-enter-microsoft-password
  • Click on your associated email address to receive a verification code. If you want to verify through your associated phone number, select Show more verification methods, choose your phone number and hit Send code. windows-11-verify-email
  • Enter your received verification code accurately and click Verify. windows-11-verify-code
  • Select Continue. windows-11-continue-to-pin
  • Enter your new PIN in both boxes and hit OK. windows-11-enter-new-pin

Check out our separate post on how to speed up Windows 11 performance by tweaking settings.

Method 2: Reset PIN from Windows Settings(for Local Account Users)

  • Select Sign-in options from the lock screen under the PIN input box.
  • Click on the key icon.
  • Type your password in the input box and hit the Enter
  • Press the Windows Key+I.
  • Go to Accounts > Sign-in options > PIN (Windows Hello). windows-11-sign-in-options
  • Click on I forgot my PIN. windows-11-pin
  • Enter your Windows login password and hit OK. windows-11-login-password
  • Type your new preferred PIN in both boxes and select OK. windows-11-new-pin-enter

Since local account users need to use the password to reset the PIN, having a password that they can easily remember is crucial. If you forget or lose the password as well, you’ll be completely locked out of your PC.

Follow this guide to remove Windows 11 password complexity and set a less complicated password for obvious reasons.

Frequently Asked Questions

Why can’t I see a forgot PIN option on my Windows lock screen?

You can’t see the I forgot my PIN option on your Windows lock screen because you are using a local account. This option is only visible for users who have logged into their PC using their Microsoft account.

How can I remove PIN from the Windows log-in options?

If you want to remove the PIN and use a password or other sign-in option instead, press Windows Key+I and navigate to Accounts > Sign-in options > PIN/PIN (Windows Hello) and click Remove.

Wrapping Up

That’s about it. Hopefully, this write-up has helped you reset your PIN without compromising your PC’s security.

If you still have some questions on your mind, feel free to share your thoughts with our tech team in the comments section below.

Have a nice day!

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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