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How to Set Up a Picture Password in Windows 10

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How to Set Up a Picture Password in Windows 10

How to Set Up a Picture Password in Windows 10
In addition to the regular login user account password, Windows offers other security measures like PIN and Picture password to protect your computer against unauthorised access.

If you’re having trouble remembering the long passwords, then picture password is an awesome alternative that suits your needs as well as gets the work done.



Although picture password usage are more easy on touch screen devices, they work just fine on the non-touch screen PCs and Laptops as well.

Picture passwords allow you to sign in by drawing shapes — straight lines or circles –, tapping on certain spots on the image or by making gestures, all of these are customized by users when setting up the password.

Picture passwords are as secure as your regular password or PIN as the data is stored locally on your PC.

Note that picture passwords do not provide an additional layer of security, rather can be used as an alternative method to sign in to your PC.

Even if you have set up a picture password, you can always log in using your regular password or PIN using the ‘Sign-in options’ button on the login window.

Open the Settings app by pressing Windows + I keys and then click on Accounts > Sign-in options.

Click the ‘Add’ tab below the "Picture password" header.



Windows will ask you to enter your user account password in a pop-up window to ascertain that the picture password is being added by you.

Enter your credentials and then click on ‘OK’. The picture password window will appear and next, you need to click on ‘Choose Picture’ button.



Select an image from your PC that you want to use as a background for your picture password. It’s advised to use a high resolution full-screen image in order to utilise the password area effectively.

Once you’ve chosen the picture, click on the ‘Use this picture’ button. Now you’ll have to draw three gestures on the image, which can be a combination of circles, straight lines and taps (clicks).



The size, direction, position and the order in which you draw gestures here will become your picture password.



You’ll need to redraw the picture password once you’ve completed it to confirm the gestures and order.

Click on the ‘Start over’ button if you draw any gesture incorrectly in this process and want to rectify it.

After the confirmation is done, click on ‘Finish’ and your new picture password will be activated.



Now on you’ll see the picture on the right while signing in and drawing the gestures in the correct order will sign you into your PC.

If there is some issue with the picture password, you can choose to use the regular password or PIN to sign in by clicking on ‘Sign-in options’.
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