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:

  • On a keyboard: Press Search Search + L.
  • At the bottom right, select the time. Select 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 may need to enter your Google Account password once every 24 hours. On some Chromebooks, you can also use your PIN instead of your password to sign in.

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

  1. At the bottom right, select the time.
  2. Select Settings Settings.
  3. In the "People" section, select Screen lock.
  4. Enter your password, and then select Confirm.
  5. Select PIN or password and then Set up PIN.
  6. Enter a PIN of six digits or more, and then select Continue.
  7. Re-enter your PIN, and then select Confirm.

Unlock your screen

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

 

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