Connect your Android phone to your Chromebook

You can do more with your Chromebook when you connect your Android phone. You can:

  • Sync chat notifications.
  • Share files.
  • Send and receive text messages on your Chromebook.
  • Connect your Chromebook to your phone network.
  • Unlock your Chromebook with your phone.

What you need

Important: If you use your Chromebook at work or school, you may not be able to use these features with your phone. For more help, contact your administrator.

Connect your phone during Chromebook setup

When you set up your Chromebook for the first time, you can connect your Android phone by following the steps on the screen.

  1. When prompted on your Chromebook, select Accept & continue.
    • To skip this step, select Cancel. You can opt in any time with these steps.
  2. Select Done.
  3. You'll get a confirmation on your phone that Smart Lock is turned on.

Tip: If there are issues with your internet connection, there might be a delay in verifying your connected device. We'll continue to attempt verification, but these features won't be available until you're online.

Connect your phone anytime

If you didn't connect your phone to your Chromebook during setup, you can at any time:

  1. At the bottom right, select the time.
  2. Select Settings .
  3. Under "Connected devices," next to "Android phone," select Set up.
  4. Enter your password and follow the steps. Once completed, you’ll get a confirmation on your phone.
  5. On your Chromebook, under "Enabled," select which features you want to turn on.
Tap here to see an interactive tutorial

Disconnect your phone

  1. On your Chromebook, at the bottom right, select the time.
  2. Select Settings .
  3. Under "Connected devices," select your phone.
  4. Turn off features:
    • To turn off all features, select Enabled.
    • To turn off individual features, select that feature.

Tip: If you don’t want to connect your Chromebook to this phone again, remove it by selecting Forget phone and then Confirm.

Troubleshoot issues with pairing your phone

I can't connect to a different phone

To pair a new Android phone to your Chromebook, you must first disconnect your current device.

  1. On your Chromebook, at the bottom right, select the time and then Settings .
  2. Under “Connected devices,” select your phone.
  3. At the bottom, next to “Forget phone,” select Disconnect and then Confirm.
  4. Connect your phone to your Chromebook.
Tip: If you still can’t connect your new device, prepare your phone to connect with your Chromebook.
I can’t connect my phone or find the option to connect

If you can’t connect your phone to your Chromebook, or you don’t find the option to connect your phone: 

Tip: If your Chromebook is for work or school, you may need to contact your administrator to connect your phone to your Chromebook.

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