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Lock or unlock your screen

If you step away from your Chromebook, we recommend locking your screen for extra security.

Lock your screen

Use one of these options:

  • Press Search Search + L.
  • Click your account photo  Lock Lock.

After a while, the screen will turn off to save power.

  • Plugged in: The screen will turn off in 8 minutes. Your Chromebook will go to sleep in 30 minutes.
  • Not plugged in: The screen will turn off in 6 minutes. Your Chromebook will go to sleep in 10 minutes.

Unlock your screen faster with a PIN

Before you lock your screen, you can create a PIN to unlock your screen. If you use a PIN, you'll still need to enter your Google Account password once every 24 hours. 

Note: If you’re on a Chromebook at work or school, you can’t add a PIN.

  1. Click your account photo.
  2. Click Settings Settings.
  3. In the "People" section, click Screen lock.
  4. Enter your password, then click Confirm.
  5. Click PIN or password.
  6. Click Set up PIN.
  7. Enter a PIN of six digits or more, then click Continue.
  8. Re-enter your PIN, then click Confirm.

Unlock your screen

To unlock your Chromebook, sign in with your Google Account password or enter your PIN. 


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