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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, then click Lock Lock.

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

  • If your Chromebook is plugged in when you lock it, the screen will turn off in 8 minutes (and your Chromebook will go to sleep in 30 minutes).
  • If it isn't plugged in when you lock it, the screen will turn off in 6 minutes (and your Chromebook will go to sleep in 10 minutes).

Unlock your screen

When your screen is locked, you can unlock it by signing in with your Google Account password.

Unlock your screen with a PIN

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. Type your password, then click Confirm.
  5. Click PIN or password.
  6. Click Set up PIN.
  7. Type a PIN of six digits or more, then click Continue.
  8. Re-enter your PIN, then click Confirm.
  9. When you lock your screen, you can enter either your PIN or Google Account password to unlock.

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