One of the coolest new features of Android Lollipop is the ability to use your smartphone to unlock your Chromebook automatically. This feature was mentioned at Google I/O but has yet to be seen in the stable release of the Chrome OS.
The feature known as Smart Lock works by connecting your phone through Bluetooth. Whenever your phone is close enough to your Chromebook, you only need to press a button to login, rather than entering a password or security code.
This nifty little hack can now be found in the Dev channel of the Chrome OS. If you are currently using the Dev channel, and have a Lollipop phone, you can try out this feature right now.
If you aren’t currently using the Dev channel, you might want to wait. The Dev channel may make your machine buggy.
You can activate Smart Lock by enabling the necessary flags. Changing flags is as easy as typing chrome://flags in your address bar. The flags you need to enable are “Easy Unlock” and “Easy Sign-In”. You can find them under the General Settings menu.
You will then be prompted to connect your phone to your Chromebook. After doing so you should be able to unlock your device without a password simply by having your smartphone nearby.
You should notice a green circle icon in your Chrome OS login box when Smart Lock is activated. Click this icon to login automatically without authenticating.
Keep in mind that your phone can enable Smart Lock through Bluetooth up to 100 feet away. This may be a security threat if you happen to be away from your device, yet still close enough to enable Smart Lock.
It’s also possible to temporarily disable Smart Lock if you need to get away for a minute and would like your device to be secured with a password.
It appears as though Google is still running this feature through its paces by incorporating it into the Dev build. Feel like playing guinea pig? Give it a shot!
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