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How to Unlock Chromebook With Your Android Device

Chromebooks are known for their simplicity and ease of use. However, one common annoyance is having to enter your Google account password every time you want to use the device. Fortunately, if you have an Android smartphone, there’s a workaround. With Google’s Smart Lock feature, you can unlock your Chromebook using your Android device. Let’s take a look at how to set it up.

Some Prerequisites

Before we dive into the setup process, there are a few things you need to know:

  • Your Android device should be running on Android 5.0 Lollipop or later.
  • Your Chromebook should be running Chrome OS v40 or later and should have Bluetooth capabilities.
  • Both your Android device and Chromebook should be within 100 feet of each other for the Smart Lock feature to work.
  • Smart Lock is not available for Google Work/Apps accounts.
  • You should have the same Google account on your Chromebook and Android device.

Pair your Chromebook and Android device over Bluetooth

To use the Smart Lock feature, you need to pair your Chromebook and Android device over Bluetooth. Here’s how to do it:

  1. Go to the status area on your Chromebook and click on the Bluetooth option. Enable Bluetooth.
    Chrome OS enable Bluetooth

  2. Turn on Bluetooth on your Android device and make it visible to other devices. Then, on your Chromebook, go to Chrome OS Settings > Show advanced settings > Bluetooth section. Tap on “Add a device.”
    Chrome OS Add Bluetooth Device

  3. Find your Android device in the Bluetooth search on your Chromebook. Select the device and click “Connect.”
    Chrome OS Connect over Bluetooth

  4. On your Android device, a prompt will appear with the passkey. Tap on “Pair.”

  5. Accept the pairing request on your Chromebook, and the devices will be successfully paired.
    Confirm Bluetooth passkey Chrome OS

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Set up Smart Lock on Chrome OS and Android

Now that your devices are paired, let’s set up Smart Lock:

  1. On your Android device, go to Settings > Security > Screen Lock and set up a pattern, PIN, or password. This will enable the Smart Lock option.
    Android screen lock

  2. On your Chromebook, go to Chrome OS Settings > Show advanced settings. In the “Smart Lock for Chromebook (Beta)” section, click on “Set up.”

  3. Enter your Google account password to start setting up Smart Lock. Click on “Find my phone.”
    Chrome OS Smart Lock Setup Find Phone

  4. When your phone is found, click on “Use this phone.”
    Chrome OS Smart Lock Setup use phone

  5. Smart Lock will now be set up between your Chromebook and Android device. You’ll receive a notification on your Android device confirming the successful setup. You can click on “Try it out” on your Chromebook to test Smart Lock. If you have multiple Chromebooks linked with the same Google account, Smart Lock settings will be synced across all devices.
    Try out Smart Lock Chrome OS

  6. From now on, when you unlock your Android device, the lock icon on your Chromebook login page will be unlocked. You can simply tap on your photo to log in.
    Chrome OS unlock with Android

Every time you unlock your Chromebook with your Android device, you’ll receive a notification saying “Chromebook unlocked” on your Android device. It’s that simple!

In case Smart Lock isn’t working, try restarting both your Chromebook and Android device. If the problem persists, you can unpair them and pair them again. To turn off Smart Lock, go to Chrome OS Settings > Show advanced settings. In the “Smart Lock for Chromebook (Beta)” section, click on “Turn off.”

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Frequently Asked Questions

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Conclusion

Unlocking your Chromebook with your Android device using Smart Lock can save you the hassle of entering your password repeatedly. If you encounter any issues during the setup process, feel free to let us know in the comments section. We’re here to help!