Windows Hello Guide for Internet Identity

Internet Identity supports Windows Hello as an authentication method. This guide explains how to set up Windows Hello authentication for an existing Identity Anchor that was set up either on your phone or using a security key. The setup is explained below in Options A and B, respectively.

Checking if your Windows machine supports Windows Hello

Open your Windows Settings, and select "Accounts"

settings accounts

Then select "Sign-in options"

settings sign in

and check your device supports Windows Hello for signing in

settings hello

If your device supports Windows Hello we can continue. Follow Option A if you’ve set-up an Identity Anchor using your phone or Option B if you’ve used a security key.

Option A: Adding Windows Hello to an Identity Anchor that uses your phone as authentication method

On your Windows computer go to https://identity.ic0.app and click on "Already have an Anchor but using a new device?"

add device start

Enter your Identity Anchor

add device anchor

Complete the Windows Hello dialog by authenticating using Windows Hello

add device hello

Once the link is shown click on "Display as QR Code"

add device show link

Scan the QR code with your phone

add device show qr

Continue on your phone and follow the steps to add your new Windows Hello device. Once you’ve completed the steps on your phone you should be able to authenticate on your Windows machine using Windows Hello

login hello

Option B: Adding Windows Hello to an Identity Anchor that uses your security key as authentication method

On your Windows computer go to https://identity.ic0.app and authenticate using your security key to reach the Anchor Management page. Once you’re there click on "+ ADD NEW DEVICE".

anchor management

Complete the Windows Hello dialog

management add device dialog

and choose a name for your Windows machine

management add device name

If you refresh the page, you should now be able to authenticate with Windows Hello

login hello