How to Turn On or Off Auto Dismiss Lock Screen if Windows Recognizes Face in Windows 11

This post describes steps to enable or disable a feature that tells Windows to automatically dismiss the Lock screen if your face is recognized when using Windows Hello face recognition sign-in option.

With Windows Hello, one can use a PIN, facial recognition, picture or fingerprint to sign into their Windows devices. Windows Hello feature offers several ways one can ditch their passwords in favor of a more secure and personal method of authentication.

When you setup Windows Hello facial recognition sign-in option, you can also choose to enable or disable “Automatically dismiss lock screen if Windows recognizes your face” option.

Below is how to turn it on or off.

How to enable or disable auto dismiss lock screen if Windows recognizes face in Windows 11

As mentioned above, when you setup Windows Hello facial recognition sign-in option, you can also choose to have Windows automatically dismiss the Lock screen when your face is recognized.

Below is how to do that.

Windows 11 has a centralized location for majority of its settings. From system configurations to creating new users and updating Windows, all can be done from its System Settings pane.

To get to System Settings, you can use the Windows key + i shortcut or click on Start ==> Settings as shown in the image below:

windows 11 start menu settings updated

Alternatively, you can use the search box on the taskbar and search for Settings. Then select to open it.

Windows Settings pane should look similar to the image below. On Windows Settings app, click the Accounts on the left, then select the Sign-in options tile on the right pane as highlighted in the image below.

windows 11 accounts sign in options

On the System > Sign-in options settings pane, under Ways to sign in, select Facial recognition (Windows Hello) tile to expand.

Then use the box next to “Automatically dismiss the lock screen if Windows recognizes your face” to enable or disable this feature.

windows 11 automatically dismiss lock screen when windows recognizes face

That should do it! You can now close Windows Settings app.

Conclusion:

This post showed you how to turn on or off a feature that tells Windows to automatically dismiss the lock screen if it detects and recognizes your face.

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