Unlock your Chromebook with your Android phone

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

What you need

For your Chromebook, you'll need:

For your phone, you'll need:

Set up Smart Lock

  1. On your Chromebook, at the bottom right, select the time.
  2. Select Settings .
  3. Under "Connected devices," select your Android phone.
  4. Select Smart Lock.
  5. Select Unlock device and sign in to your Google Account. You may have to enter your password.
  6. Your device will unlock and you’ll be signed in when your Android phone is nearby and unlocked.

Tip: If your phone and Chromebook are signed in to the same account, you can use your phone to unlock multiple Google Accounts on your Chromebook.

Turn off Smart Lock

You can stop your phone from unlocking your Chromebook at any time.

  1. On your Chromebook, at the bottom right, select the time.
  2. Select Settings .
  3. Under "Connected devices," select your Android phone.
  4. Turn off Smart Lock.

Fix problems

Once you connect your Android phone, you’ll receive a notification on your phone that Smart Lock is ready to use. If you do not get this notification, you may need to request verification again.

  1. On your Chromebook, at the bottom right, select the time.
  2. Select Settings .
  3. Under "Connected devices," select your Android phone.
  4. If the status is "Pending" a few minutes after you connected with your phone, select Verify to submit another request.
  5. You'll get a notification on your phone when Smart Lock is activated.

If you can't unlock your device with your Android phone, check that both your phone and your Chromebook:

  • are connected to the internet
  • have been restarted

Tip: To learn more about an error, hover over the Lock .

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