One of our favorite Android 5.0 Lollipop features is Smart Lock, a Bluetooth function in Google’s ecosystem designed to unlock your devices automatically when it’s safe to do so. Now, Smart Lock is finally available for your Chromebook, just eight months after it was first announced at Google I/O 2014.
The new feature is built into version 40 of Chrome OS, and you can turn it on by heading into Chromebook settings. Then click “Show advanced settings,” and pick “Set up” in the Smart Lock section. From there, Google will walk you through the process of linking your Android phone to your laptop.
You’ll need to be running Android 5.0 Lollipop, and you’ll need to have Bluetooth turned on for it to work. Google also notes that the feature only works for Android smartphones, though tablet support could arrive later on. It makes a lot more sense to use your phone though, since that’s likely the one device you always have on hand.
Once you’re all set up you can unlock your Chromebook by simply holding your unlocked smartphone next to it. To speed things up even more, try setting up Smart Lock on your phone as well. Using “Trusted devices,” you can set your handset to stay unlocked when your Android Wear smartwatch is also nearby, or use “Trusted places” so your phone knows which locations are safe.
It may sound a bit complicated, but once you get the entire system up and running you could be saving time that would otherwise be spent typing in passwords. To get started just grab your Chromebook, or hit the source link below for more info.