What is Dynamic Lock on Windows?
I am sure you are not aware of the latest feature that has been updated since the Windows 10 Creators Update (released on April 2017), called Dynamic Lock.
A new way to lock your computer without any hassle. Excited to know?
This means that whenever you are not near your computer, it gets locked automatically. You must be wondering how this is possible?
Yes, it is possible for Windows 10 and Windows 11.
You just need to pair your smart phone using your Bluetooth enabled computer and when you are out of range, your computer gets locked automatically.
How to Enable Dynamic Lock?
Important Note: Before we setup, enable or configure Dynamic Lock in Windows 10 or Windows 11, it is mandated to pair your smartphone with Windows 10 using Bluetooth.
It will be done in two phases:
- Pair your Windows with your smartphone
- Setup Dynamic Lock
First, Pair Bluetooth to your phone
Step 1. Use the Keyboard combination and Press Win + I to open Windows Settings.
Step 2. Click Devices to open it.
Step 3. In the left pane, click Bluetooth & other devices.
- Slide the radio button to right in order to turn on the Bluetooth.
- Then click on + Add Bluetooth & other devices above.
Step 4. An Add a device screen will prompt on your screen. Click Bluetooth and it will start searching for your Bluetooth smartphone to pair.
Step 5. You will also get a prompt on your smartphone to pair. Tap Pair on your phone.
Step 6. Once paired, it will show the status as connected as shown in the image below.
Second, Configure Dynamic Lock
Step 7. Open the Windows Settings you did in Step 1 above.
Step 8. Click Accounts to open the user account settings.
Step 9. On the left pane, click Sign-in options and then,
- Go to the right side and scroll down a bit
- Under Dynamic lock, click on the checkbox of Allow Windows to detect when you’re away and automatically lock the device
By doing the above settings, you have successfully configured the dynamic lock on your Windows.
Now, whenever your phone is away from the Bluetooth range, your computer will be locked automatically within 30 seconds
Need to know:
- Your PC gets locked automatically once your phone is out of Bluetooth range
- If someone interrupts or starts using Windows before it gets locked, it won’t work
If you are working in an office environment and enabled these settings to lock your system using this feature, this feature is beneficial for you.
Whenever you get away or walk through to get some coffee, water or for anything else and carry your phone with you, Windows gets locked automatically once your Bluetooth is out of reach.