How to switch between user accounts in Windows 10

In many cases we are not the only users of our computers and devices. Whether you have a little brother or a little sister, or one of your grandparents wants to experience the new world of technology, because they are not familiar with these devices , they could cause a real damage to your operating system. For this situation and for many other circumstances Windows 10 allows you to create a separate user account for each user, so that each has their own files, settings and apps. If your Windows 10 computer has multiple user accounts on it, here’s how to switch between user accounts in just a couple of clicks or taps:

How to switch between user accounts while on the sign-in screen

If you just started your Windows 10 device, the first thing you'll see is the sign-in screen. Also, if you are already signed in, you can press Windows + L on your keyboard to lock Windows 10 and then click or tap on the Lock Screen to display the sign-in screen. By default, Windows 10 loads the most recent user account that was used to sign-in. The list of available user accounts is shown on the bottom - left corner of the screen.

In this list, click or tap the user account that you want to switch to and then enter the login details. By default, this is a password, but it can also be a PIN or a picture password. If you want to know how to create and log in with a PIN or a picture password, read this article: How To Create & Login With A PIN Or A Picture Password In Windows 10.

How to switch between user accounts while being asked for a picture password

If the most recent user account that has signed into your Windows 10 computer or device was using a picture password, when you are at the sign-in screen, you will see that user account being selected and the picture that is used as a password.

Below the user account name you have two links: one for accessing other sign-in options for the same user account and one for switching the user.

Click or tap “Switch user and then a list is shown with all the user accounts that exist on your Windows 10 computer or device. Click or tap the user that you want to switch to.

Then, you are asked to enter the sign in details that were used previously for that account: the password, the PIN or the picture password.

How to switch between user accounts from the Start Menu

If you have already signed into Windows 10, you can switch the user account by using the Start Menu. Click or tap the Start button with the Windows logo on it to open the Start Menu.

Then click or tap on the symbol/picture of your user account and a menu is shown. There, click or tap on the user account that you want to switch to.

You are taken to the sign-in screen where the user that you selected is loaded. Enter the appropriate login information and you are in. You can switch between sign-in options by clicking or tapping the “Sign-in options" and then selecting the option that you want to use.

Conclusion

As you can see, if you create one user account for each user of your device you can keep your settings and information in safe conditions. Now that you know how to switch between multiple user accounts, all you have left to do is to create one account for each member of your family. 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.