I have been using the Lumia 950, Microsoft’s first flagship to run Windows 10 Mobile, for over a week now. One of the features that

Using Windows Hello’s iris recognition

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I have been using the Lumia 950, Microsoft’s first flagship to run Windows 10 Mobile, for over a week now. One of the features that Windows 10 brings to smartphones is Windows Hello. Microsoft describes Windows Hello as “a more personal way to sign in to devices running Windows 10”. It uses iris recognition – the ability to use your eyes for unlocking the device, apps and services. I wondered what level of convenience iris recognition would deliver compared to fingerprint recognition. Both eliminate the need to type a password to access devices. Come see how it turned out.

Using Windows Hello

Setting up Windows Hello was easy. I had to create a PIN and then at the next stage, the app required me to stare a bit so my eyes could be scanned. This felt like one of those secret service type movies, you know. After three tries (I did this around 8am in the morning, indoors and no lights on), it got the scan done. I picked a few preferences in the settings and that was it.

Does Using Windows Hello Live Up To The Hype?

So, how has it been using my eyes to unlock the Lumia 950? Amazing! I pick up the phone and the scanner scans for my eyes. It takes a moment only and the phone says, “Hello Yomi” and unlocks.


I had a little concern during setup when the app asked me to take off my glasses if I had any on. That got me wondering whether I would have to take them off every time I needed to unlock the phone or an app. It turned out, my fear was unfounded. The iris recognition works like a charm even with my glasses on.

After using fingerprint recognition on other smartphones, I have dreaded going back to typing a password to unlock my devices. Iris recognition takes it even further. In my opinion, iris recognition is more convenient than fingerprint recognition. Windows Hello certainly makes it feel that way.


  1. Face recognition, iris recognition, voice recognition, fingerprint scanning…as long as those biometrics cannot be easily spoofed / faked, that’s some convenience… to any device use, and a combination should be more secure than using just any of those methods individually.

  2. word, redundancy is key in security. extra layers of security are a good idea, like having a pin/password for your lockscreen and a different pin/password for AppLock (or whatever app locking app you use for locking sensitive apps)

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