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How to Automatically Lock Windows Computer When You Walk Away

Updated on October 9, 2017
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Max holds a BS in Mass Communications from SIU and an MA in Communication from U of I, and is pursuing an MBA from Webster University.

Introduction

As part of the Creator's Update rollout for Windows 10 in April 2017, Microsoft is releasing the Dynamic Lock feature. With Dynamic Lock enabled and a smartphone paired with their Windows computer via Bluetooth, the computer will automatically lock 30 seconds after the connected phone is out of range for Bluetooth connectivity. And don't panic if you forget to bring your smartphone back to your computer with you and the machine doesn't unlock automatically. You can always log in with your password, pin, or another login option you have enabled. The Dynamic Lock feature is a great security option for individuals who are bad about locking their Windows computer. This article walks through the steps to turn on the Dynamic Lock feature on a Windows computer. However, don't forget that before you can turn on Dynamic Lock, you must have a Bluetooth smartphone paired with your Windows computer.

With Dynamic Lock enabled, Windows will automatically lock your computer after a smartphone connected via Bluetooth moves out of range of the computer.
With Dynamic Lock enabled, Windows will automatically lock your computer after a smartphone connected via Bluetooth moves out of range of the computer. | Source

Pair Smartphone with Windows Computer

  1. Press the "Windows" and "A" buttons to open the Action Center along the right side of your Windows computer. The Action Center displays system notifications, and also notifications associated with individual applications. Additionally, at the bottom of the Action Center, you'll see a variety of shortcuts for some important features, such as Airplane Mode, Quiet Hours, Night Light, connecting a wireless device, connecting to an external monitor, and more
  2. Click "Settings." The Windows Settings screen opens. The Settings screen is where you can access your system information, connected devices, uninstall applications, adjust date, time, and language settings, and more.
  3. Click "Devices."
  4. Choose the "Bluetooth & Other Devices" option along the left side of the screen.
  5. Ensure that Bluetooth is enabled on the right side of the screen. If Bluetooth is already enabled and there are connected devices, you'll see the full list of connected devices in their respective sections, such as Audio and Other Devices.
  6. Click the "+" box to the left of Add Bluetooth or Other Device. The Add a Device window opens.
  7. Choose "Bluetooth." The list of detected Bluetooth devices populates.
  8. Click the name of your smartphone in the list of detected devices. A PIN number appears directly beneath the name of your device. A window appears on your smartphone screen with a PIN in it as well.Ensure that the PIN number is the same on each device, and then click "Connect" in the Add a Device window on your computer, and tap "Pair" on your smartphone. A message appears on the Add a Device screen telling you when the devices are successfully paired.

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Click "Windows" and "A" at the same time to open the Action Center on the right side of the screen. Click "Settings."Click "Devices."Enable Bluetooth. The Add a Device screen opens.Click "Bluetooth" in the Add a Device screen.Click the name of your smartphone that appears in the list of available Bluetooth devices. Click "Connect" in the Add a Device screen, and also tap "Pair" on your smartphone.A message will appear when the smartphone has been successfully paired with your computer.
Click "Windows" and "A" at the same time to open the Action Center on the right side of the screen. Click "Settings."
Click "Windows" and "A" at the same time to open the Action Center on the right side of the screen. Click "Settings." | Source
Click "Devices."
Click "Devices." | Source
Enable Bluetooth. The Add a Device screen opens.
Enable Bluetooth. The Add a Device screen opens. | Source
Click "Bluetooth" in the Add a Device screen.
Click "Bluetooth" in the Add a Device screen. | Source
Click the name of your smartphone that appears in the list of available Bluetooth devices. Click "Connect" in the Add a Device screen, and also tap "Pair" on your smartphone.
Click the name of your smartphone that appears in the list of available Bluetooth devices. Click "Connect" in the Add a Device screen, and also tap "Pair" on your smartphone. | Source
A message will appear when the smartphone has been successfully paired with your computer.
A message will appear when the smartphone has been successfully paired with your computer. | Source

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Enable Windows Dynamic Lock

  1. Press the "Windows" and "A" buttons at the same time to open the Action Center on the right side of your computer screen.

  2. Click "Settings." The Windows Settings screen opens.

  3. Click "Accounts." The Accounts section is where you can change the settings for both your's and other users accounts. This is also where you can add and remove email accounts set up on your computer, change your account password, create a PIN to use rather than a password, enable Windows facial recognition, and more.

  4. Click "Sign-in Options" along the left side of the screen. The Sign-in Options window opens on the right side of the screen.

  5. Scroll down to the Dynamic Lock section.

  6. Click to place a check mark to the left of the option that says "Allow Windows to detect when you're away and automatically lock the device." You have now successfully enabled the Dynamic Lock feature.

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Open the Action Center and click "Settings" again.Choose "Accounts."Select "Sign-in Options."Navigate down to the Dynamic Lock section.Click to enable the Dynamic Lock feature.
Open the Action Center and click "Settings" again.
Open the Action Center and click "Settings" again. | Source
Choose "Accounts."
Choose "Accounts." | Source
Select "Sign-in Options."
Select "Sign-in Options." | Source
Navigate down to the Dynamic Lock section.
Navigate down to the Dynamic Lock section. | Source
Click to enable the Dynamic Lock feature.
Click to enable the Dynamic Lock feature. | Source

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