How To Create & Login With A PIN Or A Picture Password In Windows 10

One of the most important features of an operating system is the security, so when you create an user account it asks you to choose a strong password in order to avoid the possible security breaches. But, typing the same passcode, of at least 8 characters, each time you login, may be a little annoying. Windows 10 provides an alternative to traditional password authentication. You can choose to replace it with either a PIN code or Picture Password. In this article we'll show you how to configure each of these two options and we'll also show you how to use them in order to login into your Windows 10 device.

How To Create A PIN Code In Windows 10

If you want to use a PIN code in order to login into your Windows 10 device, first you'll need to create it.

Open the Start Menu and access the Settings section.

Then, select Accounts.

In the left side menu of the Accounts window, choose Sign-in options.

Now, if you'll look in right pane you'll see a section called PIN. Press the Add button.

Here you're asked to reenter the password of your Microsoft account. Type the password and press Sign-in.

Now, enter the PIN code you want to use for logging into Windows 10's interface and press OK.

IMPORTANT: If you want to be sure that the PIN code was typed correctly, click or tap the eye button from the right side of the text box.

The PIN code has been created. If you want to check whether or not your PIN code was created, look up for the same PIN section from the Sign-in options window. If you'll see there a Change button, you'll know that the PIN code has been configured and is ready to use.

How To Create A Picture Password In Windows 10

If you want to create a Picture Password follow the steps described above, but in the Sign-in options window look up for the Picture Password section instead of the PIN section. There, press the Add button.

In the next window enter the password of your Microsoft account and click or tap OK.

Now, you have to select the image that will be used for authentication. To do this select Choose picture in the left side pane.

Browse to the picture you want to use, select it and press Open.

Then, you can drag the picture in order to put the image in the position that looks best.

If the image doesn't look good, you have the option to change it by pressing the Choose new picture button. However, if the picture looks good for you click or tap Use this picture.

Now, you'll need to draw three gestures on your picture. Be very careful, because you'll have to draw the same gestures at the next login.

Like in any other security process, you will also have to confirm your gestures.

In the end, press Finish. Now, the picture password has been created.

How To Log In To Windows 10 Using A PIN Code Or A Picture Password

Windows 10 has three login methods: Picture Password, Microsoft account and PIN. You can choose the method that you prefer, by clicking the Sign-in options link, from the left side pane of the lock screen.

This action will reveal a small menu from which you can choose to login into your Windows 10 device using either a Picture Password, your Microsoft account or a PIN code.

Next, we'll show you how to login into Windows 10 using each sign-in option:

1. Picture Password: If you have configured the Picture Password option, then this is your default login option. Simply draw the model using the mouse cursor or your fingertip (if your display supports touch input) and your Windows 10 is ready to use.

2. Microsoft account: Here, type your Microsoft account password in the textbox provided, and hit the Enter button on your keyboard or tap on the arrow found on the right of the password field.

3. PIN: The PIN code authentication method is probably the easiest to use. In the corresponding window, enter the 4 digits of your PIN code.


If you really care about secure logins, by following the steps described above you can ease your login process. Regardless of what you choose, these features are intended to help you get over this step easy and safe. Choose the one that works best for you and enjoy your Windows 10 experience. For more articles on Windows 10, check out some of our related guides and if you have any suggestions, questions or problems, do not hesitate to use the comments form below.