How to Remove Your Email Address From the Login Screen in Windows
Keep your email address private and remove it from the Windows login screen.
If you frequently use your computer in public places, it’s a good idea to remove your email address from the Windows login screen. This means people can’t get your email address if they see your screen over your shoulder.
You can accomplish this using the Settings app, Group Policy Editor, or Registry Editor. In this post, we’ve covered all these methods in detail.
1. How to Hide Email Address From Windows Login Screen Using the Settings App
The Windows Settings app provides a quick way to hide account information from the login screen. So, if you are in a rush, use the following steps to remove user email addresses from the Windows login screen.
- Press Win + I or use one of the many ways to launch the Settings app.
- Navigate to Accounts > Sign-in options.
- Under Additional settings, toggle off the switch next to Show account details such as my email address on the sign-in screen.
2. How to Hide Email Address From Windows Login Screen Using the Group Policy Editor
The Group Policy Editor (or gpedit.msc) is a handy Windows tool for configuring advanced system settings. You can also this tool to hide your email address from the Windows login screen.
Note that the Group Policy Editor is only available on Windows Professional, Education, and Enterprise editions. If your PC is running Windows Home, check out how to access the Local Group Policy Editor on Windows Home before proceeding.
- Press Win + S to open the search menu.
- Type gpedit.msc in the search box and select the first result that appears.
- Use the left pane to navigate to Computer Configuration > Windows Settings > Security Settings > Local Policies > Security Options.
- Double-click the Interactive Logon: Display user information when the session is locked policy on your right.
- In the properties window, click the drop-down menu to select the Do not display user information option.
- Click Apply followed by OK.
- Next, double-click on the Interactive logon: Do not display last user name policy from the same section.
- Select Enabled in the properties window.
- Click Apply followed by OK to save changes.
3. How to Hide Email Address From Windows Login Screen Using the Registry Editor
If the above two methods don’t work for some reason, you can make changes to the Windows registry files to hide your email address from the login screen. For that, you’ll need to use the Registry Editor on Windows.
When it comes to editing Registry files, it’s important to be cautious as making incorrect changes can cause irreversible damage to your PC. We recommend you either back up all the registry files or create a restore point before you make any changes. If you need help with that, check our guides on how to back up the Windows registry and how to create a restore point in Windows.
Once you’re done with that, use the following steps to hide your email address from the Windows login screen via Registry Editor.
- Press Win + X to open the Power User menu and select Run from the list.
- Type regedit in the text box and press Enter to open the Registry Editor.
- Select Yes when the User Account Control (UAC) prompt appears.
- Use the left pane to navigate to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE > SOFTWARE > Policies > Microsoft > Windows > System.
- Right-click on the System key and select New > DWORD (32-bit) Value.
- Rename the DWORD to BlockUserFromShowingAccountDetailsOnSignin.
- Double-click on the newly created DWORD and enter 1 in the Value data field. Then, click OK.
Exit the Registry Editor and restart your PC for the changes to take effect.
Hiding Your Email Address From the Windows Login Screen Is Easy
As we just saw, hiding your personal information from the Windows login screen barely takes a couple of minutes, regardless of the method you employ.