How to Enable or Disable Hello PIN in Windows 10

Windows 10 provides quite a lot of features like fingerprint, camera, PIN, or Face to access the login screen. You may choose two of them as per your convenience. Doing so makes your PC more secure and safe from any unauthorized access. Lots of users heavily rely on Windows Hello PIN as this is easy to remember and smooth as well. However, at times we want to either enable or disable Hello PIN while creating a new user account or just for the sake of fun. 

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Today, in this article, we discuss three such ways that help to either turn ON or OFF four-digit passcode on your computer. These are – via Settings app, Local Group Policy Editor, and the Registry Editor. Let’s learn these methods in detail –

Ways to Turn On or Off Windows Hello PIN

Here we discuss three different ways to enable or disable Windows Hello PIN on your device. They are –

1. Using the Settings app

Windows Settings app provides an easy way to either turn on or off the Windows Hello PIN. Follow the below sections as per the requirement –

How to create Windows Hello PIN 

  • Hold the Win key and press X to launch the Power Menu. Amongst the options, select Settings.
  • Select Account thereafter Sign-in Options from the left column.
  • Switch to the right pane, scroll, and locate Manage how you sign in to the device.
  • Click to expand Windows Hello PIN thereafter hit the Add button.

Options

  • Create a password first then only you can set the four-digit login PIN. Subsequently, hit the Finish button.

Enable or Disable Hello PIN

  • Reboot the device, Windows will ask for the PIN the next time you try to log in.

Remove Windows Hello PIN

To disable the hello pin, use the following steps –

  • Press Windows and I hotkey to launch the Settings app.
  • Select Accounts thereafter Sign-in Options on the succeeding screen.
  • On the right pane, click Windows Hello PIN under Manage how you sign in your device.
  • Now, Hit the Remove button then Remove again to completely remove the hello pin.

Enable or Disable Hello PIN

  • Restart your PC and you may sign-in to Windows without entering any passcode. 

Note: If you are using Windows OS prior to April 2019 update version 1903, the steps may vary. However, you do get the idea, aren’t you?

2. Enable or Disable Windows Hello PIN using Local Group Policy Editor

Alternatively, you may turn On or Off the Windows Hello PIN using the group policy editor. Here’s how to perform this task –

Note: Windows 10 Home users can’t use this to configure Hello PIN as there is no in-built group policy on their devices.

  • Open the Run dialog using Win & R hotkey.
  • In the text box, type gpedit.msc and press the OK button.
  • On the upcoming window, navigate to the following destination –
Computer Configuration -> Administrative Templates -> System -> Logon
  • Head over to the right panel and double click “Turn on convenience PIN sign-in“.

Group Policy

  • Next, mark the checkbox next to Disable then OK again to save the recent changes.

Enable or Disable Hello PIN

  • Subsequently, turn off the Windows Hello PIN (if exist any).

That’s it, you may now close the Group Policy and Restart your PC so that changes made come into effect from the next login.

Tip: If you want to re-enable the Windows Hello PIN, reach out to the “convenience PIN sign-in” policy and tick the Enable button instead.

3. Enable or Disable Windows Hello PIN via Registry Tweak

Windows 10 Home users don’t have group policy installed on their devices. There’s an alternate approach to turn on or off hello PIN for such users by Microsoft. They can configure a few key values inside the registry to either enable or disable the Windows four-digit pin. 

Note: Since this involves a registry, you must remain cautious while making any changes. This is necessary as any incorrect settings may crash the entire operating system. To mitigate any data loss, make sure to create a registry backup then perform the below procedure –

  • Press Win and S shortcut to launch the search bar.
  • Type regedit at the void and click the top result i.e. “Registry Editor“.
  • Usually, the UAC window appears after this, tap Yes to permit the access.
  • When the registry window comes up, browse to the following path –

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\PolicyManager\default\Settings\ AllowSignInOptions

  • Switch to the adjacent right-side and double-click the Value key.
  • Change its value from “1” to “0” so as to disable the Windows Hello PIN.

Enable or Disable Hello PIN

  • Hit OK to save the recent changes. From the next login, Windows won’t ask for the 4-digit PIN. 

Tip: To re-enable the Hello PIN, set the DWORD key value back to “1“.

That’s it, we hope this guide helps to either enable or disable Windows Hello PIN on your device. 

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