On Windows 11, you can decide whether the system should require you to sign in again when the computer or display resumes from sleep.
The feature has been designed for security to prevent other people from gaining access to your account when you are away. If the feature is enabled, when the device or display goes into sleep mode after some time of inactivity (based on the Screen and sleep settings), and then after waking up, you will be required to enter a password to continue.
If you are in your home office or a trusted place, it can be unpleasant to re-enter your password every time you step away from the device for a few minutes. If this is your case, you can also disable the sign-in requirement on Windows 11.
This guide will teach you the steps to enable or disable sign-in after the computer or display resumes from sleep on Windows 11.
Turn on or off the sign-in after waking up on Windows 11
To enable or disable the sign-in password again on Windows 11, use these steps:
Click on Accounts.
Click the Sign-in options tab.
Under the “Additional settings” section, use the “If you’ve been away, when should Windows require you to sign in again” setting and select when the system should lock the account automatically:
- Every Time – requires you to sign in again always after the device wakes up from sleep.
- 1 through 15 minutes – if you resume the device from sleep within the selected minutes, you won’t be required to sign in again.
- In the “If you’ve been away, when should Windows require you to sign in again” setting, select the Never option.
Once you complete the steps after you step away from the desk and the computer enters into sleep mode, if you select the “Every Time” option will ask to provide a password to access the desktop. If you pick a time range, when the computer goes into sleep mode and your return before the time expires, you won’t be required to sign in again. If you select the “Never” option upon waking up, the laptop won’t need a password to access the account.