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How to Enable Require a Login Password on Wakeup

To keep the information on your Windows 10 secure when you are away from it, set your PC to require a password when it wakes from sleep. This article describes 2 ways to enable require sign-in password when PC wake from sleep mode.


Option 1: Enable Require Password on Wakeup in Settings

In previous versions of Windows, you can turn on require a password on wake up from Power Options in Control Panel. In Windows 10, this option is moved to the Settings app. Here's how:

Step 1: Open Settings app. Click Accounts, and then click Sign-in options.

Step 3: On the right pane of Sign-in tab. Click on the drop-down box under the “Require sign-in” section, set it to “When PC wakes up from sleep” if you want to enable the password login after sleep.

Require Password on Wakeup in Settings

Option 2: Enable Require Password on Wakeup in Group Policy

To turn on require password after sleep mode in Windows 10 using Local Group Policy, here's how:

Step 1: Open the Local Group Policy Editor from Run dialog.

Open Group Policy Editor

Step 2: In the left pane of Local Group Policy Editor, navigate to the following path:

Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > System > Power Management > Sleep Settings

Require Password on Wakeup in Sleep Settings

In the right pane, you'll see two policies labeled "Require a Password when the computer wakes (plugged in)"and "Require a Password when the computer wakes (on battery)". Double-click on them to modify and set the policies to Enabled.

Require a Password when the computer wakes