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You can now unlock your Chromebook with an Android phone

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With the roll out of Google’s new update, you can now actually unlock your Chromebook by sliding your finger slightly on your android smartphone.

Smart Lock requires a Chromebook running Chrome OS version 40+ and a smartphone running Android 5.0. Both devices need to have a Bluetooth connectivity with minimum range of 100ft. For some odd reason, Android tablets are not supported at this time.

This feature lets you bypass the typical password lock screen when the phone is nearby with a lock screen enabled.

To set up the feature, follow these eight steps:

  1. If you have more than one compatible phone nearby, turn off the ones you won’t be using.
  2. Sign in to your Chromebook.
  3. Make sure that your phone and Chromebook are connected to the Internet.
  4. Click your account picture in the bottom right corner.
  5. Click Settings > Show advanced settings…
  6. In the “Smart Lock” section, click Set up.
  7. Follow the on-screen instructions to connect your phone and your Chromebook.
  8. Place the phone and the Chromebook close together so that they can detect each other’s Bluetooth signal.

To disable the feature, sign in to your Chromebook, click the status area where your account picture appears, select Settings, Show advanced settings…, and then in the “Smart Lock” section, click the “Turn off Smart Lock” button.

However, if your Android phone or Chromebook is ever stolen, be sure to change your Google Account password immediately. You can also remotely reset your Android phone on the Android Device Manager for extra security.

Smart Lock for Chrome automatically turns on Bluetooth for your compatible devices during setup. Bluetooth MAC addresses are stored by Google for devices that have Smart Lock for Chrome turned on. These are deleted when you turn Smart Lock for Chrome off.


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