Add Picture Password to your Account in Windows 10  

How to Add a Picture Password to your Account in Windows 10
   Information
You can sign in to your PC with a picture password. You choose the picture and the three gestures you use with it to create a password that’s uniquely yours. When you have chose a picture, you "draw" with the mouse, touchpad, or pin/finger on a touchscreen to create a combination of circles, straight lines, and taps. The size, position, and direction of your gestures become part of your picture password.

This tutorial will show you how to add a picture password to your account in Windows 10.

Enabling passwordless sign-in will remove the password and picture password sign-in options for all Microsoft accounts on the sign-in screen and in Accounts > Sign-in options > Settings.

   Note

  • You can create a picture password for a local account and Microsoft account.
  • A local account must have a password to be able to add a picture password. A Microsoft account will be password protected by default.
  • By default, PCs joined to a domain can sign in using a picture password unless disabled via policy.
  • You can click/tap on the Sign-on options link on the Sign-in screen to change what (ex: Picture password, password, PIN, Face, Fingerprint) to use to sign-in to your account with.
  • When you boot to Safe Mode, you will only be able to sign in with your account’s password, and not with any other sign-in option.

EXAMPLE: Picture password on Sign-in screen

Here’s How:

1. Open Settings, and click/tap on the Accounts icon.

2. Click/tap on Sign-in options on the left side, and click/tap on the Add button under Picture password on the right side. (see screenshot below)

3. Enter your account’s password to verify it’s you, and click/tap on OK. (see screenshot below)

4. Click/tap on Choose picture in the left pane. (see screenshot below)

5. Navigate to and select the picture file you want to use, and click/tap on Open. (see screenshot below)

6. Drag your picture to position it the way you want, and click/tap on Use this picture when finished. (see screenshot below)

   Note
If you want to use a different picture, then click/tap on Choose new picture and repeat step 5 above until you have a picture you want to use.


7. Draw the first gesture on your picture. (see screenshot below)

   Note
You can use any combination of circles, straight lines, and taps.

If you make a mistake, then you can click/tap on Start over to return to step 7.


8. Draw the second gesture on your picture. (see screenshot below)

   Note
You can use any combination of circles, straight lines, and taps.

If you make a mistake, then you can click/tap on Start over to return to step 7.


9. Draw the third gesture on your picture. (see screenshot below)

   Note
You can use any combination of circles, straight lines, and taps.

If you make a mistake, then you can click/tap on Start over to return to step 7.


10. You will now need to repeat steps 7 to 9 above to draw the same three gestures again to confirm them. (see screenshot below)

11. If successful, click/tap on Finish. (see screenshot below)

12. Your picture password has now been added as a sign-in option. You can now close Settings if you like. (see screenshot below)

That’s it,
Shawn

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