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How to Disable Windows 10 Facial Recognition and Biometric Login

Disabling Windows 10 Facial Recognition and Biometric Login

If you’re wondering how to disable ‘Hello’ in Windows 10, you’re not alone.  Facial and biometric login has been slow to catch on in the PC world.  Consequently, many users are interested in disabling facial recognition and biometric login.  This guide will show you how.

How To Disable ‘Hello’ in Windows 10

Disabling Windows 10 Facial Recognition and Biometric Login

Manual Configuration

To turn off the Facial Recognition feature for Windows Hello, navigate to:

  1. All Settings
  2. Click Accounts
  3. Select Sign-in options
  4. Below Picture password, select Remove
  5. Turn off ‘Automatically unlock the screen if we recognize your face option’

Settings Screen to Disable Windows Hello

There isn’t a way to turn off Facial Recognition features in Windows 10 Camera app


Group Policy Configuration

Disabling Windows Hello for business can be applied in both User Configuration and Computer Configuration in the policy settings.

To disable Windows Hello for business:

  1. Open gpedit.msc
  2. Navigate to Policy > Administrative Templates > Windows Components > Windows Hello for Business
  3. Select Use Windows Hello for Business
  4. Select the disable option
  5. Click Apply
  6. Click OK

More Information on Windows Hello

Windows Hello offers biometric login options for people using Windows 10.  Users can log into their machines and applications with an iris scan, facial scan or fingerprint.  Your computer will need the associated hardware to allow the Hello applications to work.  For example, iris and facial scans require infrared cameras, and finger print login will require fingerprint readers.  Recently, palm print scan authentication has also become available.

Credentials are stored using asymmetric encryption and linked to whatever biometric authentication method or methods you’ve chosen.

There has been some privacy concerns regarding Hello, and biometric login practices in general.  With the amount of data that Windows 10 collects in its default configuration, there is some basis to be cautious.  However, there is no evidence to suggest that Microsoft is collection your fingerprint.

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