Web sign-in for Windows

Starting in Windows 11, version 22H2 with KB5030310, you can enable a web-based sign-in experience on Microsoft Entra joined devices, unlocking new sign-in options and capabilities. This feature is called Web sign-in.

Web sign-in is a credential provider, and it was initially introduced in Windows 10 with support for Temporary Access Pass (TAP) only. With the release of Windows 11, the supported scenarios and capabilities of Web sign-in are expanded.
For example, you can sign in with the Microsoft Authenticator app or with a SAML-P federated identity.

This article describes how to configure Web sign-in and the supported key scenarios.

System requirements

To use web sign-in, the clients must meet the following prerequisites:

  • Windows 11, version 22H2 with 5030310, or later
  • Must be Microsoft Entra joined
  • Must have Internet connectivity, as the authentication is done over the Internet

Important

Web sign-in is not supported for Microsoft Entra hybrid joined or domain joined devices.

Windows edition and licensing requirements

The following table lists the Windows editions that support Web sign-in:

Windows Pro Windows Enterprise Windows Pro Education/SE Windows Education
Yes Yes Yes Yes

Web sign-in license entitlements are granted by the following licenses:

Windows Pro/Pro Education/SE Windows Enterprise E3 Windows Enterprise E5 Windows Education A3 Windows Education A5
Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes

For more information about Windows licensing, see Windows licensing overview.

Configure web sign-in

To use web sign-in, your devices must be configured with different policies. Review the following instructions to configure your devices using either Microsoft Intune or a provisioning package (PPKG).

Note

Web sign-in uses a system-managed local account called WsiAccount. The account is created automatically when you enable Web sign-in, and it's not displayed in the user selection list. Every time a user uses the Web sign-in credential provider, the WsiAccount account is enabled. After the user signs in, the account is disabled.

To configure devices with Microsoft Intune, create a Settings catalog policy and use the following settings:

Category Setting name Value
Authentication Enable Web Sign In Enabled
Authentication Configure Web Sign In Allowed Urls This setting is optional, and it contains a list of domains required for sign in, for example:
- idp.example.com
- example.com
Authentication Configure Webcam Access Domain Names This setting is optional, and it should be configured if you need to use the webcam during the sign-in process. Specify the list of domains that are allowed to use the webcam during the sign-in process, for example: example.com

Assign the policy to a group that contains as members the devices or users that you want to configure.

Alternatively, you can configure devices using a custom policy with the following settings:

OMA-URI More information
./Vendor/MSFT/Policy/Config/Authentication/EnableWebSignIn EnableWebSignIn
./Vendor/MSFT/Policy/Config/Authentication/ConfigureWebSignInAllowedUrls ConfigureWebSignInAllowedUrls
./Vendor/MSFT/Policy/Config/Authentication/ConfigureWebCamAccessDomainNames ConfigureWebcamAccessDomainNames

User experiences

Once the devices are configured, a new sign-in experience becomes available, as indicated by the presence of the Web sign-in credential provider in the Windows lock screen.

Screenshot of the Windows lock screen showing the Web sign-in credential provider.

Here's a list of key scenarios supported by Web sign-in, and a brief animation showing the user experience. Select the thumbnail to start the animation.

Passwordless sign-in

Users can sign in to Windows passwordless, even before enrolling in Windows Hello for Business. For example, by using the Microsoft Authenticator app as a sign-in method.

Tip

When used in conjuction with Windows Hello for Business passwordless, you can hide the password credential provider from the lock screen as well as in-session authentication scenarios. This enables a truly passwordless Windows experience.

To learn more:

Windows Hello for Business PIN reset

The Windows Hello PIN reset flow is seamless and more robust than in previous versions.

For more information, see PIN reset.

Temporary Access Pass (TAP)

A Temporary Access Pass (TAP) is a time-limited passcode granted by an administrator to a user. Users can sign in with a TAP using the Web sign-in credential provider. For example:

  • to onboard Windows Hello for Business or a FIDO2 security key
  • if lost or forgotten FIDO2 security key and unknown password

For more information, see Use a Temporary Access Pass.

Federated authentication

If the Microsoft Entra tenant is federated with a third-party SAML-P identity provider (IdP), federated users can sign using the Web sign-in credential provider.

Tip

To improve the user experience for federated identities:

  • Enable Windows Hello for Business. Once the user signs in, the user can enroll in Windows Hello for Business and then use it to sign in to the device
  • Configure the preferred Microsoft Entra tenant name feature, which allows users to select the domain name during the sign-in process. The users are then automatically redirected to the identity provider sign-in page Screenshot of the Windows lock screen with preferred tenant configured.

For more information about preferred tenant name, see Authentication CSP - PreferredAadTenantDomainName.

Important considerations

Here's a list of important considerations to keep in mind when configuring or using Web sign-in:

  • Cached credentials aren't supported with Web sign-in. If the device is offline, the user can't use the Web sign-in credential provider to sign in
  • After sign out, the user isn't displayed in the user selection list
  • Once enabled, the Web sign-in credential provider is the default credential provider for new users signing in to the device. To change the default credential provider, you can use the DefaultCredentialProvider ADMX-backed policy
  • The user can exit the Web sign-in flow by pressing Ctrl+Alt+Delete to get back to the Windows lock screen

Known issues

  • If you attempt to sign in while the device is offline, you get the following message: It doesn't look like you're connected to the Internet. Check your connection and try again. Selecting the Back to sign-in option doesn't bring you back to the lock screen. As a workaround, you can press Ctrl+Alt+Delete to get back to the lock screen.

Provide feedback

To provide feedback for web sign-in, open Feedback Hub and use the category Security and Privacy > Passwordless experience.