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Android 5.0 Smart Lock Coming to Chromebooks Soon

When Google first unveiled Android 5.0 Lollipop (then called Android L), one of the coolest new features it revealed was the ability to unlock your Chromebook by simply holding your smartphone nearby. Six months later, we’re still waiting, but a new report from ComputerWorld claims Smart Lock could be coming to Chrome OS in the very near future.

Actually, it’s available now, though you’ll have to jump into the Dev channel for Chrome OS if you want to beta test it this instant. We wouldn’t recommend going to all that effort (and potential risk), especially since a public launch is just around the corner. Just a reminder, you’ll need a Chromebook and a smartphone that’s been updated with Android 5.0 Lollipop to try the new feature for yourself.

Once it’s ready, you’ll be able to jump into Chrome OS Settings and click on Set up Smart Lock. From there, a sleek guide will walk you through the process of finding and syncing your smartphone. It’s also worth noting that Smart Lock’s default state on your Chromebook is off, so if you’re worried about security just leave it like that and you’ll be fine.


Jacob Kleinman

Jacob Kleinman has been working as a journalist online and in print since he arrived at Wesleyan University in 2007. After graduating, he took a...