How to Disable Wakeup Password in Windows 11

How to Enable or Disable Wakeup Password in Windows 11

Laptops and computers have become the one place workstation, especially since the pandemic scenario. You are constantly working on them, teaching & studying online, or using them for gaming & streaming. Hence putting your PC to sleep for constant shifting of chores or entertainment is the best option instead of total shut down. Computers systems too have become private spaces, and password protection serves this purpose with ease. But repeated password requirements for mere waking up of PCs from sleep viz turn on or off Windows 11 with wakeup password can be a tiring parade. We bring you this guide on how to enable or disable wakeup password in Windows 11.

How to Enable or Disable Wakeup Password in Windows 11

How to Enable or Disable Wakeup Password in Windows 11

There are several ways to configure and set password requirements in Windows 11 according to your convenience. From the very old school options to the latest techniques of the updated interface, there are several ways through which passwords can be turned off and on post-sleep conditions can be configured on Windows 11 laptops/desktops. Moreover, these are quite reversible & moldable. Read the following section and choose the best method which suits you the best.

Method 1: Through Windows Settings

The best way to enable or disable wakeup password in Windows 11 is to use the Windows settings app itself.

1. Open Windows Settings by hitting the Windows + I keys simultaneously.

2. Go to the Accounts section from the left pane of the Settings window, and click on the Sign-in options in the right-pane.

Go to Accounts section on the left pane of the settings window, click on the Sign in options amongst the listed options. How to Enable or Disable Wakeup Password in Windows 11

3. Under Additional settings, locate the option asking If you’ve been away, when should Windows require you to sign in again?

Under Additional settings, locate the option asking If you’ve been away, when should Windows require you to sign in again And click on the dropdown menu on it’s right. How to Enable or Disable Wakeup Password in Windows 11

4. Here, click on the drop-down menu  and select the Never option, as depicted below.

From the two options, choose Never.How to Enable or Disable Wakeup Password in Windows 11

5. Finally, restart your PC.

Now you’ve set your system to turn off password on PC wake up from sleep and can work efficiently according to your way. To learn other alternate methods, keep reading.

Also Read: How to Change Lid Open Action in Windows 11

Method 2: Through Command Prompt

Another way to enable or disable wakeup password in Windows 11 is using Command Prompt to make changes in the sleep settings of the PC. Follow these steps to turn on or off Windows 11 wakeup password via CMD:

1. Click on the Search icon, type command prompt, and click on Run as administrator.

Start menu search results for Command Prompt

2. Here, type the following command and press Enter key to execute.

powercfg /SETDCVALUEINDEX SCHEME_CURRENT SUB_NONE CONSOLELOCK 0

On the Command prompt window, type powercfg /SETDCVALUEINDEX SCHEME_CURRENT SUB_NONE CONSOLELOCK 0 and press Enter to execute.

3. Again, type the command given below and hit the Enter key to execute it.

powercfg /SETACVALUEINDEX SCHEME_CURRENT SUB_NONE CONSOLELOCK 0

After this, further enter the command powercfg /SETACVALUEINDEX SCHEME_CURRENT SUB_NONE CONSOLELOCK 0 and press Enter to execute it

4. Restart your PC after executing the commands.

This is how you command your power configuration to disable the password for waking up windows 11.

Also Read: How to Check if Modern Standby is Supported in Windows 11

Method 3: Through Local Group Policy Editor

Another way to enable or disable wakeup password in Windows 11 is through local group policy editor. First, read our guide on How to Enable Group Policy Editor in Windows 11 Home Edition. Then, follow given steps:

1. Hit the Windows + R keys together to open Run dialog box.

2. Type gpedit.msc and click on OK to open Local Group Policy Editor.

Type gpedit.msc in the run dialog box and click OK or press Enter to execute

3. Navigate to Computer configuration > Administrative Templates > System > Power management > Sleep settings by double-clicking on each of these folders in the left pane.

navigate to Computer configuration, then Administrative Templates, then System, then Power management, then Sleep settings.

4. Locate the option Require a password when a computer wakes (on battery) and double click on it.

Locate the option Require a password when a computer wakes (battery) and double click on it

5. Now, select the Disabled option to activate the setting.

Another pop-up window appears on which, check the Disabled option to activate the setting.How to Enable or Disable Wakeup Password in Windows 11

6. Click on Apply > OK to apply these settings.

7. By following steps 4-6, choose Disabled option for Require a password when a computer wakes (plugged in) too.

Note: In order to re-enable wakeup password in Windows 11, set the following settings to Enabled:

  • Require a password when a computer wakes (battery)
  • Require a password when a computer wakes (plugged in)

Also Read: How to Enable or Disable Mobile Hotspot in Windows 11

Method 4: Through Registry Settings

This is yet another way to turn off wake up after sleep password on Windows PC 11 by creating an exception of power options to bypass  password requirement when logging back into the system on sleep. Here’s how to enable or disable wakeup password on Windows 11 via Registry editor:

1. Launch the Run dialog box, type regedit, and hit Enter key to launch Registry Editor.

Enter regedit

2. Navigate to the following path from the address bar:

Computer\HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\

On the top pane of the Registry Editor window, type the path Computer\HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\ in the address bar

3. Right-click the Microsoft folder, choose New > Key as illustrated below.

right click on Microsoft folder key and choose New then Key option in Registry Editor Windows 11

4. A new folder will be created. Rename it to Power by pressing F2 key.

A new folder will be created, rename it to Power

5. Again, right-click on the Power key and select New > Key as earlier. Rename this key as Power settings.

Rename the new folder formed as Power settings.

6. Right-click on the empty space, select New > DWORD (32-bit) Value as depicted below.

right-click on the empty space, choose New and click on DWORD (32-bit) value. How to Enable or Disable Wakeup Password in Windows 11

7. Rename the REG_DWORD created above as DCSettingIndex.

Rename the REG_DWORD formed as DCSettingIndex. How to Enable or Disable Wakeup Password in Windows 11

8. Double-click on the DCSettingIndex file and set the Value data to 0.

Double-click on the DCSettingIndex file and set the Value data to 0. How to Enable or Disable Wakeup Password in Windows 11

9. Again, repeat step 8 and create a new DWORD (32-bit) Value. Rename the new value as ACSettingIndex as shown.

Rename the REG_DWORD file formed as ACSettingIndex. How to Enable or Disable Wakeup Password in Windows 11

10. Double-click and set the Value data to  0 for ACSettingIndex value also.

11. Finally, close the Registry Editor and restart your PC to implement said changes.

Note: If you want to enable wakeup password on Windows 11, you must set the Value data for both DCSettingIndex and ACSettingIndex to 1.

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We hope we provided you with ample methods to enable or disable wakeup password in Windows 11. Tell us in the comment section your favorite method to alter the settings and also any difficulties you faced while doing so.

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Pete Mitchell

Pete is a Senior staff writer at TechCult. Pete loves all things technology and is also an avid DIYer at heart. He has a decade of experience writing how-tos, features, and technology guides on the internet.

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