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How to Unlock Chromebook with Android phone

You can sign in to or unlock your Chromebook when your Android phone is nearby using Smart Lock for Chromebook.

Before you set up Smart Lock for Chromebook

To use Smart Lock for Chromebook, you'll need:

  • A phone with Android 5.0 and Bluetooth. Your phone must have a lock screen, be unlocked, and be within 100 feet of your Chromebook. Also, you'll want to set up Smart Lock for Android on the phone you plan to use.
  • A Chromebook with Chrome OS version 40+ and Bluetooth. Make sure to update your Chromebook before you set up Smart Lock for Chromebook.

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.

Using your Chromebook at work or school? Your administrator may need to turn on Smart Lock for Chromebook in the admin settings before you can set it up. If you have issues, ask your administrator for help.

Set up Smart Lock for Chromebook

  • If you have more than one compatible phone nearby, turn off the ones you won't be using.
  • Sign in to your Chromebook.
  • Make sure your phone and Chromebook:
    • Are connected to the Internet
    • Have Bluetooth turned on
    • Are signed in to the same Google Account
  • Click the status area, where your account picture appears.
  • Click Settings and then Show advanced settings.
  • In the "Smart Lock for Chromebook" section, click Set up.
  • Follow the on-screen instructions to connect your phone and your Chromebook. Be sure to place the phone and the Chromebook close together so that they can detect each other's Bluetooth signal.

You'll see a notification on your phone letting you know it's connected to your Chromebook.

Turn off Smart Lock for Chromebook

  • Sign in to your Chromebook.
  • Click the status area, where your account picture appears.
  • Click Settings Settings and then Show advanced settings.
  • In the "Smart Lock for Chromebook" section, click Turn off.

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