How to Keep Windows 10 from Asking for a Password When It Wakes Up

By Andy Rathbone

The power-conscious Windows 10 normally blanks your screen when you haven’t touched a key for a few minutes. And, when you belatedly press a key to bring the screen back to life, you’re faced with the lock screen.

To move past the lock screen, you need to type your password to sign back in to your account.

Some people prefer that extra level of security. If the lock screen kicks in while you’re spending too much time at the water cooler, you’re protected: Nobody can walk over and snoop through your email.

Other people don’t need that extra security, and they simply want to return to work quickly. Here’s how to accommodate both camps:

To keep Windows 10 from asking for a password whenever it wakes back up, follow these steps:

  1. Click the Start button, and click the Settings icon.

    Settings icon

    The Settings app appears.

  2. Click the Accounts category from the Settings app, and click Sign-in Options from the left panel.
  3. Click the Require Sign-In Options drop-down menu, and change it to Never.

Taking these steps leaves you with a more easy-going Windows. When your computer wakes up from sleep, you’re left at the same place where you stopped working, and you don’t have to enter your password anymore.

Unfortunately, it also leaves you with a less-secure Windows. Anybody who walks by your computer will have access to all your files.

To return to the safer-but-less-friendly Windows, follow these same steps, but in Step 3, select the When PC Wakes Up from Sleep option. Your changes take place immediately.

If you hate signing in, you’re a perfect candidate for Windows Hello. Instead of having to type in a name and password, you simply slide your finger over a fingerprint reader. Windows 10 immediately greets you, and lets you in.