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Unlock your Chromebook with your Android phone

You can sign in to or unlock your Chromebook when your Android phone is nearby.

Before you set up phone unlock

To unlock your Chromebook with your phone, you'll need:

You can use one phone to unlock more than one Google Account on your Chromebook, or the same account on different Chromebooks, as long as you're signed in to the same accounts on your phone.

Also, the account you're unlocking can't be an Android for Work account.

Note: If you're using your Chromebook at work or school, your administrator might have turned off phone unlock. If you can't turn it on, ask your administrator for help.

Set up phone unlock

  1. If you have more than one phone nearby, turn off the ones you won't be using.
  2. Sign in to your Chromebook.
  3. Make sure your phone and Chromebook:
    • Are close together (within 100 feet)
    • Are connected to the Internet
    • Have Bluetooth turned on
    • Are signed in to the same Google Account
  4. Click your account photo.
  5. Click Settings Settings.
  6. In the "People" section, click Screen lock.
  7. Type your password, then click Confirm.
  8. Next to "Smart Lock for Chromebook," click Set up.
  9. Follow the steps that appear.

When your phone is fully connected to your Chromebook and phone unlock is turned on, you'll see a notification on your phone.

Turn off phone unlock

  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. Next to "Smart Lock for Chromebook," click Turn off.
  6. Click Turn off.

Fix problems with phone unlock

If you can't unlock your Chromebook with your Android phone, make sure your Chromebook and phone:

  • Are close to each other
  • Are connected to the Internet
  • Have Bluetooth turned on
  • Have been restarted recently

If you see a lock icon Smart Lock unlocked, point to it to learn more about the error and how to fix it.

Help keep your personal information secure

Note: Smart Lock for Chromebook automatically turns on Bluetooth for your compatible devices during setup. Google stores Bluetooth MAC addresses for devices that have Smart Lock for Chromebook turned on. When you turn off Smart Lock for Chromebook, these are deleted.

Casey is a Chromebook expert and author of this help page. Help her improve this article by leaving feedback below.

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