This post shows students and new users the steps to change your PIN in Windows 11. Windows 11 comes with a Windows Hello feature that provides a more personal and secure way to log into Windows.

With Windows Hello, one can use a PIN, facial recognition, or fingerprint to log into their Windows devices. When you set up facial recognition or fingerprint to log into Windows, you will also need to set up a PIN. A PIN can also be used independently to log into Windows 11.

If you have set up a PIN and want to change it to another, you can easily do so from the Windows Settings app. You can only change your PIN if you know the current PIN or you can sign in with your Microsoft or local account.

If you don’t know your current PIN, you will have to reset it instead of trying to change it.

Since your PIN is also linked to your Microsoft account, you must know the sign-in credential for your Microsoft account. You may need a local password account if you cannot validate your Microsoft account.

If you want to reset your Windows PIN, the steps below show you how.

How to change a PIN in Windows 11

Changing your Windows PIN depends on knowing your current PIN, having a valid local password account, or an online Microsoft account. If you cannot validate those accounts, you may not be able to change your account PIN.

Instead, you will have to reset the PIN.

If you can sign in with your local password or Microsoft account, sign in and go to the Widows Settings app to change your PIN there.

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Windows 11 has a centralized location for most of its settings. From system settings to creating new users and updating Windows, everything can be done from your System settings crystal.

To access the System Settings, you can use the Windows key + i shortcut or click Start ==> Settings as shown in the following picture:

windows 11 startup settings

Alternatively, you can use the search box on the taskbar and find Settings. Then select to open it.

The Windows settings panel should look similar to the image below. In Windows settings, click Accounts, then select the Login options tile on the right panel of the screen shown in the image below.

windows 11 account login options

In the login options settings panel, under Ways to log in, click on the PIN (Windows Hello) tile to expand it.

Then click on the Change PIN to change your PIN.

windows 11 change account pin

Once you click on the Change PIN , a new window will open to change your PIN. In that window, enter the current PIN, then enter and confirm the new PIN you want to use.

change pin in windows 11

You should do that!

You can close the Windows Settings application.


In this tutorial we have seen how to change your PIN in Windows 11. If you find any errors above or have something to add, use the comment form below.

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