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How to unlock your Chromebook with your Android phone



Chromebook is unlocked with an Android smartphone
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7;t want to enter your password every time you log in to your Chromebook? If you have an Android smartphone, you can unlock your computer almost instantly. Here’s how to set it up.

Before you can unlock your Chromebook with your Android phone, you must first pair both devices. However, keep in mind that this functionality is only available for phones running Android 5.1 or later and Chromebooks with at least the Chrome OS 71 update.

For this to work, you also need to make sure that both your Chromebook and Android phone are signed in with the same primary Google account.

Then on your Chromebook, click on the status area at the bottom right corner of your screen, where it shows the Wi-Fi and battery status. In the next panel, select the gear icon to open the Settings menu.

Click on the settings shortcut in Chrome OS

Scroll down to the “Connected Devices” section and click the “Setup” button next to the “Android Phone” option.

Connect Android phone to Chromebook

In the popup window, choose your Android phone from the ‘Select a device’ drop-down list. Then select the blue button “Accept and continue” at the bottom.

Select Android phone to connect on Chromebook

On the next page, log in with your Google credentials. You should soon see a confirmation box “All Set”. Click on “Done” to close the window.

Confirm the sync of Android phone and Chromebook

Go back to your Chromebook’s Settings menu and this time you will find the ‘Verify’ option under ‘Connected Devices’. Select this and then unlock your Android phone if it is not already unlocked. You should receive a notification that your Chromebook and Android phone are paired on both devices.

Android phone and Chromebook linked notification

Go back to Settings> Connected devices on your Chromebook and select your Android phone. Enable the “Smart Lock” option and key in your Chromebook’s password.

Enable Smart Lock on Chromebook

Lock your Chromebook to test if Smart Lock is active by long pressing the dedicated button on the keyboard.

Once you unlock your Android phone with Bluetooth, the lock icon next to the password field will change from orange to green. This means that you are authenticated. All you need to do now is click on your account picture to unlock the Chromebook.

Unlock Chromebook with Android phone


Likewise, you can access and reply to text messages from your Android phone on your Chromebook.

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