Use identity protection profiles to manage Windows Hello for Business in Microsoft Intune

Microsoft Intune uses Identity protection profiles for device configuration, to manage Windows Hello for Business on your managed Windows devices. Windows Hello for Business is a method for signing in to Windows devices by replacing passwords, smart cards, and virtual smart cards.

Applies to:

  • Windows 10
  • Windows 11

When you use Intune Identity protection profiles to manage Windows Hello for Business settings, you can:

  • Enable Windows Hello for Business for devices and users
  • Set device PIN requirements, including a minimum or maximum PIN length
  • Allow gestures, such as a fingerprint, that users can (or can't use) to sign in to devices

This feature applies to devices running:

In addition to Identity protection profiles, Intune supports the following options to manage settings for Windows Hello for Business:

  • During device enrollment: Configure tenant-wide policy that applies Windows Hello settings to devices at the time the device enrolls with Intune.
  • Security baselines: Some settings for Windows Hello can be managed through Intune's security baselines, like the baselines for Microsoft Defender for Endpoint security or Security Baseline for Windows 10 and later.
  • Endpoint security Account protection policy: Account protection policies include some of the settings used by Windows Hello.


For customers looking to configure Windows Holographic for Business, please use DeviceLock CSP

This article shows you how to create a device configuration profile for Identity protection. For a list of all the settings, and what they do, see Windows device settings to enable Windows Hello for Business.


Due to how Intune determines the scope and applicability of Windows Hello for Business policy, a device may log Event ID 454 as a result of applying policy. This can be safely ignored when policy is being successful applied (and enforced).

Create the device profile

  1. Sign in to the Microsoft Intune admin center.

  2. Select Devices > Configuration > Create.

  3. Enter the following properties:

    • Platform: Select Windows 10 and later.
    • Profile: Select Templates > Identity protection.
  4. Select Create.

  5. In Basics, enter the following properties:

    • Name: Enter a descriptive name for the new profile. Name your policies so you can easily identify them later.
    • Description: Enter a description for the profile. This setting is optional, but recommended.

    Select Next to continue.

  6. In Configuration settings, configure the following settings:

    • Configure Windows Hello for Business: Choose how you want to configure Windows Hello for Business:

      • Not configured (default): Provisions Windows Hello for Business on the device. When identity protection profiles are assigned to users only, the device context defaults to Not configured.

      • Disabled: If you don't want to use Windows Hello for Business, select this option. This option disables Windows Hello for Business for all users.

      • Enabled: Choose this option to provision, and configure Windows Hello for Business settings in Intune. Enter the settings you want to configure. For a list of all settings, and what they do, see - Windows device settings to enable Windows Hello for Business.

    • Use security keys for sign-in: Enable Windows Hello security key as a sign-in credential for all PCs in the tenant.

      • Enable
      • Not configured (default)

    Select Next to continue.

  7. In Assignments, select the user and device groups that will receive this profile. For more information on assigning profiles, see Assign user and device profiles.


    To allow multiple users to be provisioned to a device, specify that the Windows Hello for Business policy be applied to the devices. If the policy is applied only to users, only one user can be provisioned to a device.

    Select Next.

  8. In Applicability Rules, use the Rule, Property, and Value options to define how this profile applies within assigned groups. Intune applies the profile to devices that meet the rules you enter. For more information about applicability rules, see Applicability rules.

    Select Next.

  9. In Review + create, review your settings. When you select Create, your changes are saved, and the profile is assigned. The policy is also shown in the profiles list.

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