Want to deter unwanted visitors from accessing your computer?

If you’re ever at work and need to leave your desk in a hurry, it might be wise to consider pairing your phone with your PC ahead of time. It’s possible to use Bluetooth capabilities on your smartphone to lock your computer for you in the event you cannot, or forget, to do so yourself. Once you walk outside of the computer’s range, your PC will automatically lock.

To learn how to pair Bluetooth devices with Windows, please click on this link for instructions.

To set up an automatic PC lock, read the steps below, which are listed on Microsoft’s website.

Windows 10

  1. Use Bluetooth to pair your phone with your PC.
  2. On your Windows 10 PC, select the Start  button > Settings  > Accounts > Sign-in options.
  3. Under Dynamic lock, select the Allow Windows to automatically lock your device when you’re away check box.
  4. Take your phone with you when you move away from your PC, and it will automatically lock a minute or so after you’re out of Bluetooth range. (Note that Bluetooth range varies by devices.)

Windows 11

  1. Use Bluetooth to pair your phone with your PC.
  2. On your Windows 11 PC, select Start > Settings > Accounts > Sign-in options.
  3. Select Dynamic lock, then select the Allow Windows to automatically lock your device when you’re away check box.
  4. Take your phone with you when you move away from your PC, and it will automatically lock a minute or so after you’re out of Bluetooth range. (Note that Bluetooth range varies by devices.)


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