Of course it’s not fun when we leave the work computer and let other people can easily see the contents of the device easily.
But there is a simple trick that can make your Windows 10 device lock automatically when you are away.
No need to buy additional tools or special applications. All you need is an Android device and a Windows 10 computer/laptop that has a Bluetooth connection.
Want to know how? Prepare your computer and Android phone!
TIPS: In order to follow the tutorial smoothly, make sure you have Windows 10 updates to the latest version.
How to lock Windows 10 with an Android phone
Time Needed : 3 minutes
In the following tutorial, you will connect your computer/laptop with an Android phone via a Bluetooth network. When you take your phone out of reach, the computer will lock automatically.
- Go to Start Menuthen click Windows Settings (gears).
- Click Devices.
- Turn on the Bluetooth device. It doesn’t matter if you use internal or external Bluetooth (USB).
- Then click Add Bluetooth or other devices.
- Choose bluetooth. Please take your Android phone and activate its Bluetooth.
- Wait until the cellphone is found, then click on your cellphone name.
- button Pairs on Android phone, then click connect on the computer. In some situations, it is advisable to do them together.
- Now Android and Windows 10 are connected to each other.
- Now back to Windows Settingsthen select Accounts.
- Entered into Sign-in options then tick Allow Windows to automatically lock your device when you’re away.
Done, now Windows 10 devices will automatically lock when you (and your phone) are away. Thus, other people will not be able to access the computer.
Some of the problems I found
As practical as it sounds, I encountered a few issues when using Dynamic Lock using Bluetooth. These problems include:
- The music stops after a few seconds — I can still connect to the Bluetooth speaker, but the music stops after a few seconds of playing.
- Windows 10 does not reopen when approached — This feature seems to only lock when far away, but not unlock when close.
- There are no specific settings regarding distance — We cannot set how many meters of distance it takes until Windows 10 locks itself.
Apart from that, this method is quite practical for maintaining privacy, especially in open spaces such as offices, schools, or other public places.