Use Dynamic Lock in Windows 10 with Android

Edited by Jay

When Windows rolled out the Creators update (codenamed Redstone 2) back in the spring of 2017, it came packed with a variety of new features. One of those features, which we'll discuss in this article, is Dynamic Lock.

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Turning on Dynamic Lock in Windows 10 is pretty straightforward. However, your device will have to be Bluetooth ready. Whether your laptop or tablet has a built-in adapter, or you use a dongle of some kind, you must be able to use Bluetooth wireless tech. The need for Bluetooth is due to how Dynamic Lock works. When enabled, your computer will automatically lock once a paired device (phone/tablet) goes beyond roughly a twenty-five-foot proximity. So, if you're using your laptop in a public space for example, and you need to excuse yourself from where you're seated, your computer will lock for you automatically.

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For the following VisiHow tutorial, we used a Sager laptop running Windows 10 Professional, a Google Pixel running Android Oreo, and a Samsung Galaxy S8 running Android Nougat.


** Please Note** Although Dynamic Lock works relatively fine; you may notice that the distance at which it locks up your device can vary. We suggest testing a few Bluetooth capable devices to get a better feel for how this feature functions.'

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Enable Bluetooth in Windows 10

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    Using the taskbar search function, type "Bluetooth and other devices settings" (without the quotes), then click the first option when the results populate.
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    Under the Bluetooth and other devices section, toggle the switch under "Bluetooth".
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    You can also enable Bluetooth by clicking the Action Center icon in the far right corner of the notification panel
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    If your Action Center is minimized, click the "Expand" button.
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    With an expanded Action Center, click the "Bluetooth" tile.
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Pair an Android Oreo Device with Windows 10

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    On the home screen, swipe upwards.
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    From the app tray, tap the "Settings" shortcut.
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    On the main Settings screen, tap "Connected devices".
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    On the Connected devices screen, tap "Bluetooth".
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    From the Bluetooth screen, toggle the switch to turn it on
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    With Bluetooth enabled, tap "Pair a new device".
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    Once your Oreo-powered device finds your Windows 10 machine, tap it.
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    When the Pair with (device name) pop-up appears, note the code, then tap "PAIR".
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    On your Windows 10 device, a notification will pop-up will appear that says; "Add a device"
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    Click or tap the notification to set up your device.
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    In the following Pair Device window, make sure the code matches the code from the previous step, then click/tap "Yes".
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    Once you see the message Connection succeeded, click the "Close" button. With your Oreo device paired with your Windows device, head the last section in this guide.
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Pair an Android Nougat Device with Windows 10

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    On the home screen, swipe up to access the app drawer.
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    From inside the app drawer, tap "Settings".
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    While on SETTINGS, tap "Connections".
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    From the CONNECTIONS screen, tap "Bluetooth".
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    On the Bluetooth screen, toggle the switch to enable it, then tap "SCAN" in the upper right corner
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    Once your Nougat device finds your Windows 10 machine, tap it.
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    When the Pairing request box appears, note the code, then tap "OK".
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    On your Windows 10 machine, click or tap the notification asking you to set up your device.
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    When the Pair Device window appears, make sure the code is the same from step 6, then click/tap "Yes".
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    Once the Connection has succeeded, click "Close". With your Android and Windows device paired, head the final part of this tutorial.
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  • Enable Dynamic Lock for Windows 10

    1. 1
      Using your keyboard, press the Windows key + X at the same time.
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      When the Quick Link menu appears, click "Settings".
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      While on the main Settings window, click "Accounts".
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      From the Accounts window, click "Sign-in options" in the left pane.
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    5. 5
      On the Sign-in options window, scroll down a bit and toggle the switch next to; "Allow Windows to detect when you're away and automatically lock the device". Now that everything is enabled and paired, test it out!
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