Windows 10 allows you to set up multiple types of passwords for signing into your account. Just like PIN, fingerprint and the regular password, you can also use a picture as your password. Once you set up a picture password, whosoever wants to sign-in to your account will need to know the gestures that you drew on that picture. Otherwise, he will not be able to break into your account. This feature of Windows 10 provides a very high level of security. In this article, we will explain to you the method of using a picture password in Windows 10.
Using a Picture Password in Windows 10
In order to use a picture password in Windows 10, you need to perform the following steps:
Type settings in the search section of your taskbar and click on the search result to launch a new settings window. The newly opened Settings window is shown in the following image:
Click on the Accounts tab.
As soon as you will click on it, the Accounts Settings window will appear which is shown in the image below:
Now click on the Sign-in options as highlighted in the image shown above.
Clicking on it will display a list of all the Sign-in options that Windows 10 supports. It is shown in the following image:
Click on the Add button corresponding to the field of Picture Password as highlighted in the image shown above.
Windows 10 will display a dialogue box asking for your password in order to verify your account.
Enter the password of your account and then click on OK as shown in the following image:
As soon as Windows 10 verifies your password, it will prompt you to choose a picture for your password as shown in the image below:
Click on the Choose picture button as highlighted in the image shown above.
Clicking on it will launch a window, which will allow you to browse through your computer system in order to search for the picture that you want to set as your picture password.
Choose your desired picture and then click on the Open button.
Now your selected picture will appear on the screen as shown in the following image:
If at this point, you want to change the picture, then click on the Choose new picture button. Otherwise, click on the Use this picture button.
Now you will be prompted to draw three gestures on your selected picture as highlighted in the image shown below:
You can draw any combination of circles, straight lines, and taps on your picture. All you need to do is to remember these three gestures at the time of sign-in. In this example, I have drawn three straight lines on the top three sides of the hexagon as shown in the following image:
Before making all the three gestures, if you feel at any time that you want a different gesture, then you can click on the Start Over button. Otherwise, you can continue making your gestures. Once you are able to draw all the three gestures, you will be asked to draw them again for confirmation. This is shown in the image below:
Draw the same three gestures as you have drawn earlier. This step is just like the password confirmation step while creating a normal password.
Once you manage to confirm your gestures successfully, Windows 10 will display a message showing that your picture password is set up successfully. It is shown in the following image:
Now click on the Finish button as highlighted in the image shown above.
As soon as you will click on the finish button, you will be redirected to the sign-in options window as shown in the image below:
Here you can see that now two options have appeared below the Picture Password field. By using these two options, either you can change your picture password or you can remove it.
In this article, we learned how we could set up a picture password in Windows 10 by following very few simple steps. Picture passwords are as secure as any other sign-in option such as PIN, fingerprint or the regular password. Moreover, Windows 10 also provides you with the flexibility of signing-in using any of the sign-in options. Therefore, if you do set up a picture password, you are not restricted to use it all the time. You can use any other sign-in option of your choice too and you can always remove or change your picture password by following the method mentioned in the last step of this article.