You are the password

Windows Hello: Explore its features and enabled apps

Windows Hello logs you into your Windows devices in less than 2 seconds, 3x faster than a password1. Use your camera to recognize your face or try your fingerprint reader8 – either way Windows Hello recognizes you instantly. You can always keep your PIN as a backup.

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Sign in your way

Enabling Windows Hello turns on sign-in with your face or fingerprint. Login faster and more securely to your laptop, tablet, device, app, or even websites; you can even make in-app purchases.

Windows Hello facial recognition

Sign-in with your smile

Windows Hello fingerprint recognition

Sign-in with your fingerprint

Windows Hello enabled apps

Windows Hello works with compatible apps like iHeartRADIO and DropBox, so you can bypass the password and breeze right through. Sign-ins are fast and password-free, with an extra measure of security.7

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Feature Key

  • Windows Hello

  • Cortana

  • Windows Ink

  • Touchscreen

  • Security

  • S mode

  • Windows Mixed Reality

Windows Hello companion devices

Your companion devices unlock your PC.

Windows Hello lets you use your digital wristband, smart watch, phone and other companion devices to quickly unlock your Windows PC without using a password.6 By already certifying your identity, these devices give you another choice for quick, secured sign-ins.

Additional Windows 10 features

* Up to 16 hours of video playback. Testing conducted by Microsoft in September 2015 using preproduction Intel® Core™ i5, 256GB, 8 GB RAM device. Testing consisted of full battery discharge during video playback. All settings were default except: Wi-Fi was associated with a network and Auto-Brightness disabled. Battery life varies significantly with settings, usage, and other factors.

** System software uses significant storage space. Available storage is subject to change based on system software updates and apps usage. 1GB = 1 billion bytes. For more information, see surface.com/storage.

1 Based on average time comparison between typing a password respectively detecting a face or fingerprint to authentication success.

2 If you switch out of S mode, you can't switch back into S mode.

3 Windows Hello requires specialized hardware, including fingerprint reader, illuminated IR sensor or other biometric sensors and capable devices.

4 Cortana available in select markets; experience may vary by region and device.

5 Touch capable tablet or PC required. Pen accessory may be sold separately.

6 Available for selected companion devices and selected Windows 10 editions. Might require that PC and companion devices are joined in Azure Active Directory or Active Directory and paired via Bluetooth.

7 Limited to compatible apps.

8 Windows Hello requires specialized hardware including a Windows Hello capable device, fingerprint reader, illuminated IR sensor or other biometric sensors and capable devices.

9 Windows 10 in S mode works exclusively with apps from the Microsoft Store within Windows and accessories that are compatible with Windows 10 in S mode. A one-way switch out of S mode is available. Learn more at windows.com/SmodeFAQ.

10 Sound, Cortana and voice dictation require compatible mic-enabled headphones with a 3.5mm jack (USB not supported), plugged into the audio jack on the HMD. You can find compatible headphones by looking for the Cortana badge or Circle icon on product packaging and websites.

11 Windows Mixed Reality requires a compatible Windows 10 PC and headset, plus the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update or later; PC requirements may vary for available apps and content.

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