Windows 10 has a lot of good features, but it also had some annoyances that finally got resolved in the Anniversary Update. One annoyance was the fact that there was no easy way of configuring Windows 10 not to show your personal email address on the Lock Screen. Giving your email address just like that to anyone near you, when you’re in a public place like in a cafeteria or at a tech meetup, is not something most of us would like . Fortunately, Microsoft listened to users’ feedback and made it very easy to hide your email address, as well as other personal information, from the Lock Screen of your Windows 10 PC or device. Here’s how it’s done:
NOTE: The screenshots used in this article are from Windows 10 with Anniversary Update. Windows 10 Anniversary Update is available for free, for all Windows 10 users, as of August 2nd, 2016.
Where exactly is your email address shown on the Windows 10 lock screen?
First of all, here’s a screenshot of what the lock screen of your Windows 10 PC or device looks like by default:
As you can see, right under your photo, Windows 10 shows your Microsoft account’s email address. This is what we don’t want displayed, at least on our laptops, which we often take with us in all kinds of public places.
How to hide your email address from the Windows 10 lock screen
What you’ll have to do to get started is to open the Settings app. A quick way to do that is to click or tap on its shortcut from the Start Menu.
In the Settings app, click or tap on Accounts.
On the left side of the window, you’ll see a series of options. Click or tap to select the “ Sign-in options”.
Then, on the right side of the window, scroll down to the bottom. One of the last sections of settings is called Privacy. It offers only one configuration option, which you can use to “Show account details (e.g. email address) on sign-in screen”.
As you can see in the image below, this switch is turned On by default, meaning that your email address is displayed on the Lock Screen.
To hide your email address from the Lock Screen , and to make it invisible to nearby people, turn Off the “Show account details (e.g. email address) on sign-in screen” switch.
And that’s all you have to do! You can now close the Settings app and, if you want to get a quick glimpse of what your new Lock Screen looks like without your email address, press the Windows + L keys on your keyboard. You should see something similar to this:
As you can see, hiding your email address from the Lock Screen of your Windows 10 PC or device is rather easy. A few click or taps here and there, and no one will ever know your email address just from looking at your locked device. Do you like this small privacy change added by the Anniversary Update to Windows 10? Let us know in the comments below.