How to add a Microsoft account to your Windows 10 PC
When you install Windows 10 or set it up for the first time, the operating system invites you to configure and use a Microsoft account. However, during the setup process, you only get to configure one Microsoft account. What if you need to use more than one Microsoft account on your Windows 10 PC? What if you want to create a new user account on your PC, using a Microsoft account? If you want to add a Microsoft account to your Windows 10 computer or device, here’s how it is done:
Step 1. Open the Settings app
The first thing you have to do is to open the Settings app. A quick way to do that is to click or tap on the gear icon from the Start Menu, or by simultaneously pressing the Windows + I keys on your keyboard.
Step 2. Go to “Family & other people”
In the Settings app, click or tap on the Accounts tile.
On the left side of the Accounts panel, click or tap on Family & other people.
On the right side of the Settings window, look for the section called Other people.
Step 3. Add a user with a Microsoft account
In the Other people section, Windows 10 will tell you that you can “Allow people who are not part of your family to sign in with their own accounts.” Then, it provides you with a plus button called “Add someone else to this PC.” Click or tap on it.
Windows 10 opens a new dialog window, in which you are asked to “enter the email or phone number of the person you want to add.” This is where you must enter the details of the new user’s Microsoft account. Windows 10 also further explains that if the person you want to add already uses Windows, Office, Outlook.com, OneDrive, Skype, or Xbox, you can enter the email or phone number they use to sign into those Microsoft services.
Enter the email or phone number and click/tap on the Next button.
Windows 10 tells you that you’re “Good to go!” and that to log in the first time, the new user with the Microsoft account you’ve just set up, will need to be connected to the internet. Click or tap on Finish.
Step 4. Sign in using the Microsoft account that you added
Log out from your user account and sign in using the Microsoft account that you’ve just added to Windows 10. You have to enter that Microsoft’s account password and click or tap the Submit arrow next to the password field.
Wait for a couple of seconds or minutes, for Windows 10 to configure the new user account environment.
When done, Windows 10 asks if you want to create and use a PIN code to log in instead of having to enter your Microsoft account password each time. If you want to do that, click or tap on Next. Otherwise, click/tap on “Skip this step,” on the bottom left side of the screen.
If you chose to create a PIN code, enter it twice, in the appropriate fields and then click/tap OK.
Finally, Windows 10 says that all your new documents and pictures will be saved to OneDrive, by default. If you’re OK with that, click/tap Next. If you want these files to be saved on your PC by default, click or tap on the “Save new files only to this PC by default” link, from the bottom left side of the screen.
Either way, now you’re done. Windows 10 loads the desktop, and you can start using the new user account that you’ve setup using a Microsoft account.
Now that you’ve seen how easy it is to add a new user account using a Microsoft account on your Windows 10 PC, before you close this article, feed our curiosity: do you use Microsoft accounts on your Windows 10 devices or do you prefer using local offline accounts? Why? Let us know in the comments below.