Password options for your Samsung PC

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No one wants unwanted visitors seeing their personal information. If security is an absolute must for you, be sure to set up a solid Microsoft password or local password for your Windows 10 PC. Passwords are not the only way to protect your PC - there are tons of sign-in options, such as PINs, pictures, and more.

Create or change a local account password

If you are not a Microsoft account user, you can still access your Windows 10 PC through a local account. You can add or change a local password whenever you need to.

Click Start, and then click Settings. Click Accounts, and then click the Your info tab. Verify that you are signed in with a local account. If not, click Sign in with a local account instead. Navigate to Accounts again, and then click the Sign-in options tab.

To create a new local account password, click Add under password, and then follow the on-screen prompts.

To change your current local account password, click Change under Password, and then follow the on-screen prompts. You can also remove the password by changing it and then leaving the new password blank.

create a local password

Create or change a Microsoft account password

A Microsoft account is a PC account that uses your Microsoft email. Signing into a Microsoft account allows you to access a special cloud service. Your data, such as contacts, will sync to the cloud and to other connected devices, including on iOS and Android. You can change your Microsoft account password directly from your Windows 10 PC.

If you do not have a Microsoft account, you can create one on the Microsoft website.

When you want to change your password, click Start, and then click Settings. Click Accounts, and then click the Your info tab. Verify that you are signed in with a Microsoft account. If not, click Sign in with a Microsoft account instead.

Navigate to Accounts again, and then click the Sign-in options tab. Click Change under Password, and then follow the on-screen prompts to change your Microsoft account password.

Change a Microsoft password settings page

Note: You cannot remove a Microsoft account password completely.

Create or change a PIN

Note: If you are a local account user, you must add a password before you can use the other sign-in options. 

Your PC can use a PIN instead of a password for quicker access to your account, apps, and other services.

First, click Start, click Settings, and then click Accounts. Click Your info, and then click Sign-in options. Click Add under PIN, and follow the on-screen prompts. You can always change or remove the PIN by clicking Change or Remove under PIN.

Set up a PIN menu displayed on computer

Create a picture password

Note: If you are a local account user, you must add a password before you can use the other sign-in options. 

A picture password uses a photo and a pattern to create a password only you'll know. For example, if you have a photo of a car, you can draw a circle around its hubcap.

Click Start, click Settings, and then click Accounts. Click Your info, and then click Sign-in options. Click Add under Picture password. Verify your account, and then click Choose picture. When you've found your desired photo, click Use this picture and follow the on-screen prompts. When you're done, click Finish. You can always change or remove the picture password by clicking Change or Remove under Picture password.

Set up screen for picture password

Set Dynamic lock

With Dynamic lock, your phone can become the key to your PC! In other words, if a paired phone is out of range, Windows will automatically lock your PC. But first, you'll need to connect the phone and PC through Bluetooth.

First, make sure Bluetooth is activated on your phone. Then, on your PC, click Start, click Settings, and then click Accounts. Click Your info, and then click Sign-in options. Click Allow Windows to automatically lock your device when you’re away.

Next, click Bluetooth & other devices, and then click the switch to turn on Bluetooth. Click Add Bluetooth or other device, and then click Bluetooth. Follow the on-screen prompts to pair your phone to your PC. 

Once the phone and PC are paired, Dynamic lock will work automatically.

Set a dynamic lock in sign in options

Recover a forgotten password

If the password you've forgotten is for your Microsoft Account, visit Microsoft's password reset site to recover it.

If the password you've forgotten is for your Administrator account:

  1. Log into a different Administrator account.

  2. Open the Control Panel. It can be found under Windows System in the Start Menu.

  3. Click User Accounts.

  4. Click User Accounts on the next screen as well.

  5. Click Manage another account.

  6. Click the account you need to change.

  7. Click Change the password.

  8. Follow the on-screen prompts to change the password, and then click Change password.

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