How to Reset Pin in Windows 11

If you ever forgot the pin to login into Windows 11, you can reset it with ease. Here are the steps to reset pin Windows 11 and 10 OS.

You have to use the user account password to sign-in in older Windows versions. On Windows 8, 10, and 11, you can configure the operating system with alternate sign-in methods. For instance, you can use a PIN. The good thing about this in Windows 11 is that the PIN Security makes it easy to log in while being just as secure.

As good as the PIN security is, there will be times when you forget the PIN. In that case, you can generally log in to Windows 11 using your user account or Microsoft account password. However, what if you want to use PIN security again?

In that case, you have to reset your PIN in Windows 11. Thankfully, Windows 11 makes it easy to reset the PIN. All it takes is the user account password and a few clicks, and you are good to go.

In this quick and easy Windows 11 how-to guide, I will show two ways to reset Windows 11 PIN. Follow the method depending on your use case, and it is done quickly.

Table of contents:

A quick note: The method and steps shown below work in Windows 10.

Reset PIN from Settings

You can reset the Windows 11 PIN directly from the Settings app. All you need is the user account password, and you are good to go. Let me show you how.

  1. Launch the Settings app with “Win + I.”
  2. Click on “Accounts” on the sidebar.
  3. Choose the “Sign-in Options” option.
  4. Click on the “PIN (Windows Hello).”
  5. Click the “I forgot my PIN” link.
  6. Press “Continue” in the “Are you sure?” window.
  7. Follow the wizard and complete the sign-in process.
  8. When prompted, type the new PIN twice.
  9. Click the “Ok” button.
  10. With that, you are done resetting the PIN in Windows 11.

Steps with a bit more detail:

As with most things, you need to open the Settings app first. You can either press the “Start key + I” shortcut or click the “Settings” icon in the Quick Settings panel. Go to the “Accounts > Sign-in Options” page.

Windows 11 sign-in options

Click on the “PIN (Windows Hello)” option and then click the “I forgot my PIN” link.

reset PIN in Windows 11

When prompted, click the “Continue” button in the “Are you sure?” window.

click the continue button

Now, Windows prompts you to sign in to your user account to verify. Follow the wizard and complete the sign-in process.

After successfully signing in, you are prompted to reset the PIN. Type the new PIN twice in the available fields and click the “Ok” button. Keep in mind that the PIN should be at least four digits long. If needed, you can set an alphanumeric PIN too. For that, choose the “Include letters and symbols.”

That is it. It is that simple to reset Windows 11 PIN from the Settings app.

Reset PIN from the lock screen

If you cannot log into Windows, you can reset the PIN in Windows 11 from the lock screen. Here’s how.

  1. Click on the Lock Screen to show the password field.
  2. Click the “I forgot my PIN” link.
  3. Follow the wizard and sign in to your Microsoft account.
  4. Click “Continue” in the “Are you sure?” window.
  5. When prompted, type the new PIN twice.
  6. Click the “Ok” button.
  7. With that, you are done resetting the PIN in Windows 11.

Steps with a bit more detail:

First, make sure you are on the lock screen. Next, click on the lock screen to show the PIN or Password field. Click the “I forgot my PIN” under the PIN field.

Windows 11 will prompt you to sign in as soon as you click the link. Follow the wizard and sign in to your Microsoft account.

After signing in, you might see the “Are you sure?” confirmation window. Press the “Continue” button.

Now, type the new PIN twice in the available fields and click the “Ok” button. Keep in mind that the PIN should be at least four digits long. If needed, you can set an alphanumeric PIN too. For that, choose the “Include letters and symbols.”

With that, you are done resetting the PIN in Windows 11.

That is all. It is that simple to reset Windows 11 PIN.

I hope this simple Windows how-to guide helped you.

If you are stuck or need some help, comment below, and I will try to help as much as possible.

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